Colchester Zoo is currently open every day from 9.30am except Christmas Day.

At weekends Colchester Zoo will be opening from the slightly earlier time of 9.00am. All visitors must book a time slot to visit.

Closing times vary according to season and Colchester Zoo management reserve the right to close all or parts of Colchester Zoo as required. 

Please click here to read all the safety measures in place to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

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

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:

Please note that some areas of the zoo are temporarily closed until further notice.

Some catering and retail outlets will close at least one hour prior to the zoo grounds. Please visit our Dining page for information on food at the zoo.

Jungle Tumble play area remains closed until further notice.

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

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