Colchester Zoo is a full day out, so do get here early! You’ll need to visit more than once to see every event.

We are open every day from 9.30am except Christmas Day. Closing times vary according to season and Colchester Zoo managment reserve the right to close all or parts of Colchester Zoo as required. 

Monday 4th November 2019 – Friday 14th February 2020
4.30pm close or dusk if earlier
Last admissions to zoo grounds at 3.30pm

Saturday 15th February 2020 – Friday 3rd April 2020
5.00pm close or dusk if earlier
Last admissions to zoo grounds at 4.00pm

Saturday 4th April 2020– Friday 24th July 2020
6.00pm close
Last admissions to zoo grounds at 5.00pm

Saturday 25th July 2020 – Friday 4th September 2020
6.30pm close
Last admission to zoo grounds at 5.30pm

Saturday 5th September 2020 – Sunday 27th September 2020
6.00pm close or dusk if earlier
Last admissions to zoo grounds at 5.00pm

Starlight Nights 12th & 26th September 2020
9.30pm close – extended opening as part of our summer evening event.
Last admissions to zoo grounds at 8.30pm

Monday 28th September 2020 – Sunday 1st November 2020
5.00pm close or dusk if earlier
Last admissions to zoo grounds at 4.00pm

Fright Nights on the 24th, 26th, 28th, 30th & 31st October 2020
9.30pm close – extended opening as part of our Halloween events.
Last admissions to zoo grounds at 8.30pm

Monday 2nd November 2020 – Friday 12th February 2021
4.30pm close or dusk if earlier
Last admissions to zoo grounds at 3.30pm

Friday 25th December 2020 – CLOSED

All of the above dates and closing times are subject to change.

Operating Hours:

Some catering and retail outlets will close at least one hour prior to the zoo grounds as well as some interactive areas and the Kingdom of the Wild building. Please see below for catering open hours or visit our Dining page.

Jungle Tumble promptly closes 30 minutes prior to zoo grounds, last entry to the soft play facilities are 45 minutes prior to zoo closing time.

Some of the larger animal buildings close 30 minutes prior to the zoo grounds with last admission to these areas up to 30 minutes before this time.

Please note that the zoo car parks close a maximum of 30 minutes after the zoo closes.

Catering outlets:

Main restaurants: 
Penguini’s 09.30am – 30 minutes before zoo close
Southern Kitchen 09.30am – zoo close

The outlets below are open until late afternoon (times vary according to season)

Open from 09.30am
The Patisserie
Playa Patagonia Coffee Shop
Meerkat Hangout

Open from 10.00am
Wrap Bar
The Waterhole

Other outlets open during high season include: Snack Shack, Naughty & Nice, Chip and Dip, Sausage Hut, Safari Snack Shop, Tiger Taiga Snack Shop, Spirit Snack Shop, and Playa Patagonia Ice Cream.

Please be aware that some catering outlets are seasonal and might be closed on quieter days. Please check at the entrance for details on the day. 

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