Enjoy your Day

Visiting Colchester Zoo today:

Opening times:

9.30am – 5.00pm or dusk if earlier*

*Last admission 4.00pm


Please be aware that Rainforest Walkthrough will be closed for maintenance work from Monday 27th February.
The animals can still be seen in their indoor enclosures. 

Food outlets open during your visit today:

The following outlets will be open during your visit, serving a variety of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, snacks and main meals*:

Southern Kitchen
The Patisserie
Meerkat Hangout
The Playa Patagonia Coffee Shop
Sausage Hut

 *Please be aware that closing times vary and some of our smaller outlets listed above may be closed during times of poor weather and low levels of demand. 

Offers available today:

Penguini's Restaurant: 
Breakfast served until 11.30am 
Afternoon Deal: Hot drink & a slice of cake for £4.25* 
*Selected drinks and cakes only
Choose a 'Grab and Go' cake for just £2.00 when you purchase any main meal

Various outlets:
Any selected sandwich, bottled drink and packet of crisps for £5.95*
*Please note only selected drinks, sandwiches and crisps are included in the offer. 

Zoo pass upgrade:

Upgrade your admission ticket to a zoo pass during your visit today! If you think you’ll be visiting us more than twice this year then a Zoo Pass may be better value for you and your family. Stop by our Guest Services department today or click here for more information.

Please ensure you read our updated terms and conditions prior to purchasing your pass.

Lost Madagascar Express Road train:

The Lost Madagascar Express Road opens daily from 10.30am*.

*Please visit the station to find out times it will be running. 

Supervision of Children

Unfortunately we are unable to allow admittance to children under the age of 15yrs without a full paying adult or adult passholder. Children under the age of 15 must be supervised by an adult over the age of 18yrs at all times whilst inside the park. Therefore, we kindly ask that children are not dropped at the park to enter without a parent or guardian as they will not be granted admission. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

School Visits today:

Our school visit numbers today are MEDIUM

Dogs at Colchester Zoo:

Colchester Zoo can only allow assistance dogs on site in the interest of the welfare of our animals and general safety. Dogs which are allowed are fully trained certified Registered Assistance Dogs. Any visits with Registered Assistance Dogs must be arranged at least 24 hours in advance. Find out more about visting with an assistance dog here. 

Colchester Zoo does not allow dogs to be left in cars, even with ventilation and water, anyone found leaving dogs in their car will not be granted admission. We take this very seriously and take our lead from the RSPCA - http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/dogs/health/dogsinhotcars

Disabled Access:

Find out more about the disabled access Colchester Zoo offers including adult changing facilities, reduced admission rates as well as our suggested easier route for wheelchair users here.
You can also download and view our accessibility map here.



Opening times: 

9.30am – 5.00pm or dusk if earlier*

*Last admission 4.00pm

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