Colchester Zoo

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When: 01 Jan 2014 - 01 Jan 2015

Cost: See website

Opening hours: 9am-5pm

Website: Visit website

Kids & Family

Home to over 260 rare species, Colchester Zoo is known to be one of the finest zoos in Europe. The zoo has four adventure play areas, including a soft play area for kids to enjoy. New to the zoo this year are 3 young male Reindeers, who are now in training for delivering Christmas 2014.

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Venue address

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

Venue contact details

Tel: 01206 331 292


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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
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 minutes 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

Please note that there are cycle racks provided at the top of the car parks, close to the Zoo entrance. Lockers are provided for a small charge to store crash helmets etc. during your visit.
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. See details below.
How to get here by Bus:

Main Bus Services
All bus services to Colchester Bus Station regularly connect with the Eastern National 75 for Maldon or Tiptree and Colchester Zoo. On arrival at Colchester Bus Station look for Stand number 9.

You should alight in Head Street and catch one of the services listed above to travel back to North Station lay by from the front bus stop in Head Street (near the traffic lights).

Please click here to view details of the number 75 bus timetable on the FirstGroup website.

Please click here to visit the FirstGroup website to check ticket fares.

After alighting from the Train, leave via the exit on platform 4, turn left and walk to the main road at the bottom. On your right are some traffic lights, which you should use to cross to the lay by bus stop on the opposite side of the road. Use service numbers 61, 65, 66, 67, 67A, 78 or 78A and alight in the main bus station (approx 10 minute journey), ask the driver if you are unsure.


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