Colchester Zoo


general information

General Information

Colchester Zoo is home to over 260 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes and are proudly listed as in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Attractions.

During your visit you will see species from around the world and learn more about them at daily encounters, giving you the chance to see the animals being fed, watch a training session or perhaps just quiz the keepers!

As you navigate your way around Colchester Zoo you’ll visit many different habitats; from the humid home of our Komodo Dragons to the zoo’s very own Africa plain, Kingdom of the Wild, home to white rhino, giraffes, ostrich, zebra and kudu.

You can also take part in some fantastic activities with the opportunity to hand feed the elephants and giraffe at daily public feeding sessions! Colchester Zoo also has many undercover areas so you can stay warm and dry on even the wettest of days!
Colchester Zoo is open every day from 9.30am except Christmas Day. Closing times vary according to season.

Birthday Parties

Go WILD with a birthday party at Colchester Zoo!

Check out our party experiences! 

Be a party animal at outstanding value for money! We offer a choice of four birthday packages designed to suit all ages.

Party Packages

To book

We cannot currently take online bookings for these new parties so for more information or to book please contact our Experiences Reception to find out more!

Telephone: 01206 331292 ext. 232 or 237


Please read the terms and conditions before making your booking.

Download your birthday invitations here!



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