Amur tiger at Colchester Zoo (2021)
  • Amur tiger at Colchester Zoo (2021)
  • Animal care team hosting a encounter with the sea lion
  • Lady and child looking at sea lion
  • Fiji banded iguana at Colchester Zoo (2021)
  • Southern tamandua at Colchester Zoo (2021)

Book Tickets Online

About

Home to around 180 species and set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo hosts many different habitats, from the humid home of our Komodo Dragons to our very own Africa plain, Kingdom of the Wild, home to white rhino, giraffes, ostrich, zebra and kudu.

We also have many fantastic undercover areas, so you can stay warm and dry on even the wettest of days. Stop by the Rajang’s Forest and see if you can hang for as long as an orangutan, feed our rainbow lorikeets in their tropical walkthrough aviary, Australian Rainbows. PLUS you can also walk through areas such as Worlds Apartthe perfect place to warm up on a chilly day!

Colchester Zoo also offers a range of food and drink options so there’s no need to worry about a picnic! PLUS there are loads of gifts and treats in our Outpost Gift Shop, so you can find the perfect souvenir to remember your day! The Outpost Gift Shop is accessible without having to enter the zoo so you can even pop by for a spot of shopping or to find the perfect gift for a loved one.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Visit our website for more details: https://www.colchester-zoo.com/plan-your-visit/tickets/

Facilities

Accessibility

  • 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 have toilet facilities for those with disability. A registered Changing Places changing facility is also available for those with additional needs at the toilet facilities near the meerkat enclosure. This features a height adjustable changing bench, ceiling track hoist and space for more than one assistant.
  • Facilities for hearing impaired - We have a hearing loop in a number of 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. 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.
  • Mobility Scooter Hire
  • 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. Please contact us at least 24hrs in advance if you would like to reserve one for your visit.

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • 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 - Colchester Zoo has a number picnic benches and tables throughout the zoo for you to use.

Children

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

Groups

  • Coach parking
  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for Coach Driver
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups - Colchester Zoo provides a fantastic day out for groups at amazing value! Save money by booking 15 or more paying people in advance.
  • Mini Coach Parties Accepted

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs) - Please check our Assistance Dogs Accessibility Policy that sets our Code of Conduct for assistanc 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

Suitability

  • School Trips

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Set your Sat Nav for CO3 0SL

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 www.budget-stansted.com

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. www.essexcarshare.com and www.liftshare.org  

Public Transport Directions

How to get here by Train:

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.

How to get here by Bus:

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

Colchester Zoo

Type:Zoo

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

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 6246 reviews6246 reviews
Close window

Call direct on:

Tel+44 (0)1206 331292

Awards

  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
  • Trip Advisor AwardsTrip Advisor Travellers' Choice Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice 2020

Opening Times

Open New Year

* 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 details: https://www.colchester-zoo.com/plan-your-visit/opening-times/

What's Nearby

  1. Celebrated 12th century apsidal church with magnificent colour medieval wall paintings,…

    1.2 miles away
  2. Gosbecks Archaeological Park is one of the most significant Iron Age and Roman sites in…

    1.33 miles away
  3. One of Europe's top Wetland sites, excellent bird watching opportunities and fabulous…

    2.7 miles away
  4. Dating from the 4th century AD the foundations of this church near the Police Station…

    3.03 miles away
  1. Magnificent Tudor building with the tallest Gatehouse in Britain and 16th century…

    3.16 miles away
  2. 15th Century flint flushwork gatehouse to St John's Abbey (demolished)

    3.27 miles away
  3. This attractive area was home to Flemish Protestant refugees in the 16th Century.

    3.28 miles away
  4. 12th Century Augustinian priory ruins.

    3.43 miles away
  5. Discover the foundations of the Roman Theatre, located in Colchester town centre.

    3.46 miles away
  6. Colchester's Roman Wall is the oldest and longest surviving town wall in Britain.

    3.48 miles away
  7. Get up close to nature as you discover an interesting perspective on the local natural…

    3.49 miles away
  8. Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of…

    3.5 miles away
  9. Firstsite is an international gallery and creative community space. See the world…

    3.53 miles away
  10. Three centuries of fascinating toys, costume, clocks and decorative arts displayed in an…

    3.53 miles away
  11. The jewel in Colchester’s crown - an award-winning oasis of horticultural splendour…

    3.6 miles away
  12. High Woods Country Park is one of Colchester's beauty spots, ideal for walking, cycling,…

    4.27 miles away
  13. Tiptree is the home of the Wilkin family - where from 1885 the first Tiptree jam was made…

    5.18 miles away
  14. For over 50 years the East Anglian Railway Museum has been transporting visitors of all…

    5.44 miles away
  15. Nature reserve over 200 acres of mixed habitat on the Colne Estuary. Nature trails,…

    6.14 miles away
  16. Restaurant is currently closed. Wine available to buy online

    6.56 miles away
Previous Next

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss