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image for Group Visits item typeGroup Visits at Colchester Zoo

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Animals and Wildlife

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Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo

Address

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

Details

Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. One of their most recent awards being The TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Attractions Awards, which rated Colchester Zoo as one of the top 20 zoos from around the world and in the top 10 zoos in the UK!

Colchester Zoo provides a fantastic day out for groups of all ages at amazing value whether you're visiting to celebrate a birthday, for a day out with friends and family or for an outing with a local club. Save money by booking 15 or more paying people at least 48 hours in advance online via the Colchester Zoo website.

Situated just off of the A12, close to the Essex coast and the M25, Colchester Zoo is easily accessed with a special parking area just for coaches!

Group bookings at Colchester Zoo not only save on their entrance but also receive, downloadable quiz trails, promotional material to advertise your trip, free entrance and a meal voucher for your coach driver. There is also the opportunity to receive 1 FREE adult entry for every 8 paying children when your group visit is booked and paid for 48 hours in advance!
There are over 270 species to see, learn more about the animals and see them up close by watching one of the many daily displays. You even get the fantastic chance to feed the elephants and giraffes yourself and take a ride on the 'Lost Madagascar Express' road train!

New enclosures include 'Bears of the Rising Sun', a state of the art enclosure which houses two beautiful sun bears , Jo-Jo and Srey Ya and 'Australian Rainbows', a new tropical walkthrough which houses a large group of lorikeets offering visitors a chance to get up close to these colourful birds and feed them a treat of nectar!

Don't forget to pop into 'Sensation Station' and have a go at handling some of Colchester Zoo's furry friends and scaly species and for the kids Colchester Zoo has a number of play areas for them to release their wild side!

For more details visit www.colchesterzoo.org

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsPushchairs availableRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Welcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Prices

Book tickets online via the Colchester Zoo website to receive a discount on entry prices.

Please note that prices vary according to season and is best to check the Colchester Zoo website for up to date prices prior to your visit.

Location

Directions

Plan route to Colchester Zoo using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 953221  Lat: 51.86328 Long: 0.83501

By Road:
From the centre of Colchester take the B1022, Maldon Road and follow the brown elephant signs.

By public transport:
Take bus 75 from Colchester Bus Station. This bus service runs every hour.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Colchester North station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
    • Yesis gravel
    • Yesis grass
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFee payable
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

Notes

  • Colchester Zoo does have some steep hills. For this reason it offers a reduced rate for the disabled. An Easier Route is in place which it is recommended should be used by wheelchair users and those with reduced mobility.