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Nearest train station to Colchester Zoo

Trains to Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is easy to get to from Colchester North station, with its direct train services from London Liverpool Street taking less than an hour, and from Lowestoft, Norwich and Ipswich. A ten-minute taxi ride will get you to Colchester Zoo from the station, but if you prefer the bus, make your way to bus station and from there take the Eastern National service number 75, which runs every 30 minutes, straight to the zoo.

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About Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo has over 270 species in its 60 acres of parkland, which provide excellent replica habitats for the animals, several of which arrived thanks to the ground-breaking breeding programme at the Essex zoo. Pioneering in terms of technology, the programme led to the birth of an African elephant calf in 2002 - the first born via artificial insemination in Britain – and a white rhino calf in 2009. The zoo was originally known as Stanway Hall Park Zoo and opened in 1963 by Frank and Helena Farrar.

In its early days the park had a celebrity lion called Rajah, who appeared in many of the Tarzan films with Gordon Scott. Today the zoo boasts several enclosures giving visitors and up-close-and-personal wander through the Elephant Kingdom, Kingdom of the Wild and Edge of Africa. There are also plenty of play areas for children to enjoy, including a Jungle Tumble for under 3s perfect for the young ones to perfect their lion’s roar. Educational as well as thrilling, there are over 50 daily displays including elephants and giraffes feedings and the Lost Madagascar Express road train.

Colchester Zoo Details


Maldon Rd

01206 331292

Opening times

Monday to Sunday: 9:30 to 17:00

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