Penguins at Colchester Zoo
  • Penguins at Colchester Zoo
  • Cheetah Cub at Colchester Zoo
  • Hornbill at Colchester Zoo (2020)
  • Ring-tailed lemurs at Colchester Zoo (2020)
  • Red Panda at Colchester Zoo (2020)

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Colchester Zoo is well known for its conservation work and attracts visitors from all over the world.  It is a powerful conservation brand for your company to be associated with, in order to increase its own recognition and fulfil its CSR goals.

With nearly 1 million visitors annually and up to 60,000 annual Passholders, Colchester Zoo offers huge marketing opportunities to tap into. 


Sponsorship at Colchester Zoo

Reach new markets by becoming a Corporate supporter of Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is well known for its conservation efforts, and is a great place for family and friends to unite for a fun filled day out. With visitors travelling from all over the world to visit, Colchester Zoo is a great location to use innovative marketing to gain new interest and increase brand recognition.

We have just under 1 million annual visitors and over 50,000 Zoo Pass holders, so the opportunities are endless, with your company being seen by a wide audience!

With a number of different corporate opportunities suitable for a variety of budgets, becoming a corporate supporter of Colchester Zoo will mean you’ll play a huge role in assisting our conservation efforts and further development, whichever package you choose.

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  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Autism Friendly - We have a number of Autism Friendly trained team members (they will be wearing a badge) who will do their best to assist you. You may wish to bring ear defenders to use in some places.
  • Changing Places
  • Disabled access - We have a suggested Easier Route marked with green arrows on the ground to ensure you don’t miss anything! This is aimed at those with pushchairs, mobility scooters and wheelchairs as it avoids steeper hills but not all within the zoo.
  • Disabled toilets - All sets of toilets around Colchester Zoo and at our cafes have toilet facilities for those with disability. A registered Changing Places changing facility is available for those with additional needs at the toilet facilities near the meerkat enclosure.
  • Facilities for hearing impaired - We have a hearing loop in areas around the zoo. Tills in the entrance and at guest services are also fitted with loop systems. The majority of our team have disability awareness training via an ongoing professional development programme. We also have a printed guide of our Lost Madagascar Train commentary – please speak to the train driver on the day of your visit.
  • Facilities for visually impaired - We recommend that you be accompanied by an assistant dog or sighted guide. Please refer to Assistance Dogs section. There are accessible parking bays near the zoo entrance, if you have visual impairment, it is worth letting the car park marshals know so they can assist you in locating a space. If you need assistance during your visit, please make a member of our team aware.
  • Wheelchairs available - We have a facility to hire a limited number of manual wheelchairs and electric scooters inside the zoo grounds next to the zoo main entrance. All hires must be pre-booked at least 24hrs in advance before your visit.

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering - Our main food and drink outlet, Penguini’s Restaurant, and Meerkat Hangout are both open every day from 9:30am. Gourmet Sausage and The Waterhole are also open daily from 10:30am. Our other food outlets may be closed on weekdays and in certain seasons, so please check with our Guest Services team as you enter the zoo for all available outlets on the day of your visit. All available outlets are subject to change and supply chains, and may close due to extreme weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances without prior notice.
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Pushchairs available - Colchester Zoo offers both single and double buggies for hire to help the little ones on their journey around the zoo!


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Mini Coach Parties Accepted


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs) - Please check our Assistance Dogs Accessibility Policy that sets our Code of Conduct for assistance dog owners. We do not allow dogs to be left in cars, even with ventilation and water. Anyone found leaving dogs in their car will not be granted admission. We take this very seriously and take our lead from the RSPCA.
  • Gift shop - You can visit The Outpost Gift Shop without having to enter the zoo.
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed
  • WiFi or internet access

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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How to get here by Car:

Colchester Zoo is located just south of Colchester. Take the A1124 exit (Junction 26) off the main A12 following the brown elephant signs and using the new Stanway Western Bypass.

From the M25: About 40 minutes from Junction 28 of the M25 to reach the A12

From Southend: About 1 hour’s journey, 40 miles using A127 and A130 to reach the A12

From Hertfordshire: About 1 hour’s journey – 50 miles using A414 or A120 to reach the A12

From Stansted Airport: About 50 mins journey, 30 miles using A120 to reach the A12. For car hire from Stansted Airport

Colchester Zoo is situated on Maldon Road in Stanway.

Car parking is free and disabled car parking spaces are available close to the zoo entrance. NB Blue badges must be displayed to use the disabled parking area

If you need a lift or could provide one and would like to help the environment – why not share your car journey to the Zoo? Try these car share sites. and

Public Transport Directions


Colchester Main Train Station can be reached from Liverpool Street services from London within in an hour or is easily reached along the Lowestoft or Norwich networks to Ipswich and then on to Colchester. Colchester Zoo is just 10 minutes by taxi or can be reached by bus.


Main Bus Services All bus services to Colchester Bus Station regularly connect with the number 75 for Maldon or Tiptree and Colchester Zoo. 

Colchester Zoo Corporate

Type:Educational Visits

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

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Opening Times

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* Colchester Zoo is a full day out the whole family can enjoy! You may need to visit twice to see everything!

We are open every day from 9.30am except Christmas Day. Closing times vary according to season.
Please note that the Zoo may close up to 30 minutes prior to closing time stated depending on level of trade.

Last admission to the zoo grounds is 1 hour prior to close.

Visit our website for more information.

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