Opening Hours

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.

11th February 2017 - 31st March 2017  – 5.00pm close
Last admissions to zoo grounds at 4.00pm

1st April - 21st July 2017 - 6.00pm close
Last admissions to the zoo grounds at 5.00pm

22nd July 2017 - 3rd September 2017 – 6.30pm close
Last admissions to zoo grounds at 5.30pm

Further closing times to be confirmed.

Operating Hours: 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. 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
09.30am - zoo closing time, Penguini's
10.00am - 1 hour before zoo close, The Waterhole
The outlets below are open until late afternoon

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

Open from 10.30am
The Sausage Hut
Wrap Bar

Other outlets open during high season include Kingdom of the Wild Ice Cream, Naughty and Nice, Chip and Dip and Playa Patagonia Ice Cream.

For closing times, please check with the outlets on the day of your visit. 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. 



Opening times: 

9.30am – 5.00pm or dusk if earlier*

*Last admission 4.00pm

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