This my most favourite zoo in the world.
Everytime I visit there are new exhibits and new animals. The zoo is a bit too big to do all in one day and the shows are brilliant.
The penguin enclosure is my absolute favourite and it's the best one I've ever seen. When they feed the penguins they bring them into where you stand so you can see them up close. For a penguin lover this is a very exciting experience and about as close as you'll ever get.
Just beware that parts of the zoo are very hilly, buts lots of it is easily accessible.
There's also a huge car park - with lots of spare space perfect for picnics!
this is a lovely zoo, very well maintained and you get a sense that the people who work there are really passionate and love what they do and where they are. great for kids.
Super zoo, the animals are well looked after if any of the animals have marks or fur missing they always but up a note about it so you don't worry about them.
The food is horrible we always go to sainsburys first to buy a picnic lunch.
We have just discovered the road trains (the pleasure of going with a 4 year old) these are free but they do ask for a donation the Tanganyika one is good it goes round the lakes and you get to see animals the other one is not so good as most the time there is just bushes to look at.
The new sealion pool is lovely there is tunnel to walk through and they swim and rest above you.
The zoo is constantly growing so we go every year at least once there is a lovely santas grotto near christmas (check website for details) with real reindeer this year.
I haven't many other zoos to compare it to, but Colchester zoo is lovely. It is hidden away near Colchester (follow the elephant signs!) with a huge carpark. It costs £13 for an adult to get in, and £7 for a child, but you can get 10% discount when you book online.
You get free re-entry too, if you need to go back to the car.
There are many different enclosures inside the zoo, and the animals appear to be well cared for. They do various displays of birds and demonstrations throughout the day too.
I would suggest bringing your own food as it can cost a bit to eat there, plus don't take a buggy or wheelchair round as the place is full of hills, and huge!!
A great family day out.
This zoo is massive and places a strong emphasis on conservation, as well as educating children about the animals they have, (with the aid of information boards, and also sometimes demonstrations).
A great family outing that will keep you busy for most of the day, the animals are very well kept and are all in very large enclosures, and great care is taken to ensure their health and safety, and to prevent endangered species from going extinct.
The staff also have a great deal of knowledge about the animals kept, and in some cases, they bring some of the more docile animals out of the enclosures and let you feed them, (the elephants, etc).
There are a few restaurants/cafe's in the zoo, or there are picnic areas with seating should you wish to bring your own food and drink.
The price of entry is well worth it, and excellent value for money, and the place is always crowded with people wanting to see the animals on display, though it's not so crowded that you can't navigate it or see anything.
Other on-site features include a gift shop where you can purchase a myriad of branded merchandise to support the zoo too.
I was really impressed with what Colchester Zoo had to offer when we went there. Some zoos seem quite sparse but at Colchester there was so much to see. We got there for 10am and didn't leave till kicking out time!
It was amazing seeing the wild animals so close up. The enclosures seem well designed to give you a good view of the animals as other places I've been to you wonder where the animals are half the time.
The giraffe bit was great as you could go high up and be level with their heads as they ate from their feeding baskets. The elephants too were quite impressive. Funnily enough the animal our young daughter was most fascinated by and spent ages watching was the 'sand fox' as it ran back and forth through a tunnel up against the window!
This needn't be an expensive day out either for those of you who collect Tesco vouchers as they accept these here. I highly recommend a visit.
One of the best-designed zoos and it also happens to be walking distance from my house which is usefull as the car park can become very busy and can be hard to get away at the end of a long day walking.
There are a wide variety of animals there - big cats, African animals (including elephants, giraffes, zebra, rhinos), lots of chimps/monkeys, a long underwater viewing tunnel for sealions to name but a few. The different regions of the zoo are designed so well, the enclosures look comfortable for the animals and allow the observer a great view.
The zoo is quite large, and quite hilly (wear sensible shoes - stilettos would not suite some of the walkways!). It is not immediately obvious how to find your way round, but there are plenty of maps around the zoo and trials to follow. Also plan which talks you want to go to, come clash unfortunately you should be handed a map of the park with timetables for the talks with your ticket.
There are two mini trains. You don't see much on the jungle train, but definitely go on the train near Tiger taiga as it takes you past some animals you wouldn't otherwise see and gives information on the animals.
The zoo offers informative talks on a variety of animals. The penguins actually come out of their enclosure to feed right in front of you. The big cat talk was interesting, they are fed in order: lions, white tiger, leopards. A single animal talk lasts for about 10mins. There are also falconry displays and events to coincide with special occasions (Halloween, Christmas etc)
There are two very good shops at the entrance one offers zoo-related gifts including toys and the other is more upmarket including furniture. There is even a like stoll selling a wide range of fudge. There are several food outlets within the zoo with plenty of seating (including undercover) but prices for food are a little expensive. You can't use the restaurant seating if you bring your own picnic, but there are benches around the park.
It costs about £13 per adult but you get a discount if you book online and if you plan to go regularly you might want to think about a card. They also offer birthday parties, animal adoption and keeper for a day experiences. They are open every day except Christmas day give yourself plenty of time to look around and try everything - especially if you are going with young children.
This zoo is fantastic!!!
very child friendly as well as wheelchair friendly ( some parts are very steep but gives you ifferent routes)
Its a job to get round in 1 visit.
various places to stop and get ice cream or more important a cup of tea!!
gift shop as you come out of the zoo with some very nice ideas.
I have been visiting Colchester Zoo for many years now and have never been dissappointed yet! It is a great day out for young and old with so much to keep everyone entertained.
The animals all look so well cared for & the staff always seem very happy to take the time to answer any questions - however silly they may turn out to be!
If you want to get the most out of the day then make sure you arrive early so you gett ime to go round and see everyting.
For a fantastic family fun day, Colchester Zoo is a must...enjoy!
I love Colchester Zoo! I used to be a gold card holder, so visited at least a couple of times a month but then when the children started school I stopprd going as regularly as the zoo becomes very busy at school holiday times.
Best times to visit are during the week in term time .. you can get round so much more easily and get in to all the feeding times and shows/ displays easily.
There is a great range of animals, who appear to be incredibly well cared for and the zoo take conservation very seriously and responsibly.
My only complaint woulf be that in spite of their great work in protecting and caring for animals they then allow a fast food chicken outlet to sell food (and that welfare of those chickens that have provided the meals is not considered) ... somewhat hypocritical in my book!
I have many fond memories of this zoo. It seems to be well-planned, as it takes pretty much exactly the right amount of time to get round in. Furthermore, the exhibits are world-leading, with everything from lions to reptiles. The penguins are a particular highlight, as not only are they well-fed and cared for, classical music is played to give the area an air of tranquillity and peace. The only (minor) complaint is the cost of food and souvenirs, but this is only to be expected with such a major local attraction. In all, I would highly recommend this zoo for a fun day out, regardless of age.
Fantastic place for all the family. Well worth buying a gold card. You can't get round all the displays and shows in 1 day. All the animals are in worlds so you can see them in their natural habitat
There were lots of animals to see, but a lot of the zoo was totally inaccessible for me on a mobility scooter. Everything was also very spread out and there seemed to be too much tat around instead of just being a zoo. I think I stick to Banham next time!
I went with friends and thought it was brilliant, a really great day out. Even though we aren't little kids we loved it!
COlchester zoo continues to expand fro its original humble beginnings. There is a huge free car park next to the entrance with areas to picnic in. The enbtrance is large and clean and there are fastrack facilities for members and larger parties. There is also a re-entry facility so you can pop to and fro to the car and get let back in again. The zoo itelsef is packed full of animals, including a huge new African are with plenty of big beast such as elephants, rhinos giraffes etc. There are displays, feeding sessions, education points, lots of shops, lavatories, picnic areas, wash stations all around the park. There are plenty of indoor elemnts too and a new seal pool which you view from an underground tunnel. There is a smaller animals area with rides for younger children, and animals you can feed safely. There are eating facilities around the zoo, a huge playground near the entrance, a suspended rope bridge above some cages and also a road train with a commentary included. It is a super palce to spend any amount fo time you have to spare. It's worth spending the day as entrace is not cheap. It is also very hilly in places, so plan your route carefully if you have a buggy/wheelchair etc.
A fantastic day out for all the family regardless of age. Animals all looked after and given loads of space.
What a fantastic place. Take the kids young and old and have a great day out, too much to see in just one visit. It is well laid out with plenty of signs to guide you around, with plenty of places to eat (not badly priced) kids play areas. A thoughly enjoyable day. Thank you.
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