Colchester Zoo

About 19 minutes from park

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

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About Colchester Zoo

Rated as one of the best zoos in the UK and indeed anywhere around the world, you can be sure of a wonderful day out with the whole family at Colchester Zoo. Packed with exciting playgrounds, interactive areas, face painting and places to grab a drink or bite to eat, the Lost Madagascar Express Train is a lot of fun too. And that’s all before even thinking about the animals, who are the real stars of the show. There are more than 220 species to discover, with some of the most popular Colchester Zoo animals including the lions, tigers, rhinos and a wide array of playful primates. Will you be drawn to the Heart of the Amazon first, or does the Kingdom of the Wild, the Inca Trail, Rajang’s Forest or the Wilds of Asia capture your imagination? From big cat cubs to giraffe and elephants feeds, there’s so much to see at a place which offers valuable education to youngsters when it comes to conservation and looking after our planet.

How to get to Colchester Zoo

Lying on the south west outskirts of Colchester along the B1022, the zoo is close to the A12 which runs between Ipswich and London, past Chelmsford and Colchester. If you’re arriving by car, you leave the A12 at junction 26, which is the A1124 exit, while the zoo recommends setting your sat nav to CO3 0SL. If you’re using public transport, Colchester Town Station is easy to get to from places like London Liverpool Street, Norwich and Ipswich. The zoo’s a 10-minute drive from the train station, which you can do either in a taxi or on the number 75 bus from Colchester Bus Station. This is a mile from the main train station and next to the Colchester Town stop.

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