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Attractions where you can meet a variety of animals in Essex.

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Bedfords Park Visitor Centre

Bedfords Park, Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, Romford, Essex, RM4 1QH

tel: 01708 748646

The visitor centre is in the middle of the 215 acres of Bedfords Park, open 7 days a week 9-5, 9-4 in the winter. It has a gift shop, seating area and a small cafe offering refreshments.

 

Main Rd, Dovercourt, Essex, CO12 3HJ

tel: 01255 553610

 
Chafford Gorges Nature Park

Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Drake Road, Chafford Hundred Grays, Thurrock, RM16 6RG

tel: 01375 484016

Chafford Gorges visitor centre is set in a spectacular position over looking Warren Gorge. Chafford Gorges nature park offers 200 acres of green space for numerous wildlife and recreation for the 12,500 people living in Chafford Hundred.

 
Colchester Zoo

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Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL

tel: 01206 331292

Colchester Zoo is home to over 260 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes and are proudly listed as in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Attractions.

 
Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

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South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN

tel: 01206 729678

Stunning 200 acre nature reserve situated on the banks of the River Colne. Visitor centre includes gift shop, tearoom, toilets and baby changing facilities.

 
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre

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Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT

tel: 01268 711001

A warm welcome will always greet you at Hanningfield reservoir visitor centre.The visitor centre is set in mature woodland and offers superb views over the 870 acre Hanningfield Reservoir.

 
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Sawyer Hall Farm, Sawyer Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9BZ

tel: 01277 201110

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organisation that cares for over 400 sick, unwanted and mistreated animals throughout Essex.

 
Langdon Visitor Centre

Essex Wildlife Trust, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, Essex, SS16 6EJ

tel: 01268 419103

Set in a stunning nature reserve of 461 acres which comprises woodland, meadows, lakes and former plotland gardens. There are beautiful wildlife gardens and a museum of Plotland Life.

 
Lee Valley Park Farms

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Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF

tel: 01992 892781

Let the kids go wild, Lee Valley Park Farms where there’s so much to see and do one visit is never enough!

 
Old MacDonald’s Farm

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Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY

tel: 01277 375177

An award-winning Educational Farm and Leisure Park in the Essex countryside - on the outskirts of East London, with farmyard favourites, rare breeds and exotic animals, plus indoor and outdoor leisure activities.

 
Redwings Ada Cole Visitor Centre

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Epping Road, Roydon, Nazeing, Essex, EN9 2DH

tel: 0870 040 0033

Redwings Ada Cole is home to around 70 horses, ponies and donkeys. Visitors can enjoy walking tours and horse care demonstrations, followed by hot drinks and tasty bakes from the café.

 
Sea Life Adventure

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Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2ER

tel: 01702 442200

Sea Life Adventure is the South-East’s premier aquatic attraction with over 40 unique displays featuring sea life from all over the world.

 
The Fishing Lodge

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Hanningfield Reservoir, The Fishing Lodge, Giffords Lane, South Hanningfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8HX

tel: 0345 1550236

Hanningfield Reservoir Trout Fishery is one of the premier trout fisheries in the Uk providing some of the best trout fishing by bank or boat. For further details please ring 0345 1550236

 
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

Mucking Wharf Road, Mucking, Stanford le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN

tel: 01375 643342

A stunning and innovative visitor centre and Nature Park created on a former landfill site, with superb views over Mucking Flats SSSI and the Thames Estuary. Café, gift shop, adventure playground, footpaths and cycle ways across 120 acres.

 
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Church Road, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU

tel: 01206 738172

Centre run by the Essex Wildlife Trust in partnership with Essex & Suffolk Water, at a sight of international importance for winter wildfowl. Nature trails, bird hides, events & shop selling refreshments, gifts, optics & books.

 
Bradwell Shell Bank

Southminster, Essex, CM0 7PW

tel: 01621 862960

Bradwell Cockle Spit on the Dengie Peninsular consists of some 30 acres of shell bank together with extensive saltmarsh. The spit has been built up by tidal currents and is mainly cockle and oyster shells.

 
Norsey Wood Local Nature Reserve

Outwood Common Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1HA

tel: 01277 624553

Traditionally coppiced ancient woodland steeped in history. Easy access trail. Information/education centre. Guided tours and craft displays. Site of Special Scientific Interest and Scheduled Ancient Monument. Owned by Basildon Council.

 
The Naze

Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LJ

tel: 01255 686633

The Naze is located just north of Walton-on-the-Naze, in North East Essex. The beautiful Naze cliffs and national nature reserve provide the perfect opportunity for walking and bird watching.