You can easily get to Colchester Zoo by taking the train to Colchester North station – there are direct train services operated by Greater Anglia 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 the bus station and take the 75 Eastern National bus service, which runs every 30 minutes, straight to the zoo.
Colchester Zoo is listed as the 11th best zoo in the world and the second-best in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Attractions. Visit the Colchester Zoo website for more information about opening times and available activities.
|Weekdays||06:10 - 20:15|
|Saturday||07:00 - 18:45|
|Staffing level||Part time|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Station Buffet notes|
Coffee kiosk, plusÿvending machine
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Staff Help notes|
Please note that assistance is only available during the station staffed hours (see above), unless pre-booked.
|Customer Service notes|
The hours shown are for the Customer Relations team on 0345 600 7245 (option 8).
Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
|Customer help points||Available|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||There is a Council managed car park behind the station|
|Carpark operator||Local Council|
|Cycle storage spaces||20|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes|
Within station, forecourt and on platform
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Step-free access notes|
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Unavailable|
|Accessible taxis notes|
Details of nearest taxis are shown on station information poster
More about Colchester Zoo
Colchester Zoo is home to over 220 species in its 60 acres of parkland, which provide excellent replica habitats for the animals, from the humid home of the Komodo Dragons to the Kingdom of the Wild, where you can find white rhino, giraffes, ostrich, zebra and kudu.
In its early days the park had a celebrity lion called Rajah, who appeared in many of the Tarzan films with Gordon Scott. Educational as well as thrilling, there are over 50 daily displays, including elephants and giraffe feedings. Hop on the Lost Madagascar Express train and let it take you across countries and continents before disembarking at Lost Madagascar, where the adventure really begins.
With so much to see and do, one day may not be enough to enjoy all Colchester Zoo has to offer. Visit their website to check their calendar of events and plan your visit.