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    Which is better - London Zoo or Colchester Zoo?

    As above.

    Was planning a budget day out to London Zoo with my Tesco vouchers, but just found out that car parking is £12 each (and we will be taking 2 cars!).

    Colchester Zoo also has cheaper tickets so I wouldn't have to pay anything on top, as I will do at London Zoo which is more expensive.

    So, is London Zoo worth paying the extra £44 for, or shall we just go to Colchester Zoo?

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    colchester zoo is fab :thumbsup: you can feed the elephants & giraffes there

    I've heard colchester zoo is the better one from my friend who is a zoology student....
    but if you're keen on london zoo, i think you can park somewhere nearby (marylebone, st. john's wood, camden etc) and stroll up there.

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    cheerleader;4752054

    colchester zoo is fab :thumbsup: you can feed the elephants & giraffes … colchester zoo is fab :thumbsup: you can feed the elephants & giraffes there


    Thanks

    czar.nik;4752070

    I've heard colchester zoo is the better one from my friend who is a … I've heard colchester zoo is the better one from my friend who is a zoology student....but if you're keen on london zoo, i think you can park somewhere nearby (marylebone, st. john's wood, camden etc) and stroll up there.


    Thank you. I am not particularly into London Zoo, it's just nearer.
    I am just bit put off by the extra cost and London morning traffic!
    Even if I found parking nearby I am sure that it will cost more than £12!

    There's only one way to find out..............


    FIGHT !

    It's been a long time since I was at either, but Colchester zoo is very children oriented, with lots of signage in readable text giving information aimed at kids. We were very impressed when we went, and I don't like zoos very much.

    I live in London - but I much prefer to go to Colchester Zoo!

    I think some of the animals that were housed at London Zoo are no longer there - like the Elephants. It might have changed but I don't think so.

    Neither. Go on a safari rather than looking at bored animals in cramped conditions. walking round and round in circles.

    I've been to both recently and Colchester has had a lot of work done and is the better of the two, but you can get 2 for 1 deals on London if travelling by train.

    Depends on which part of London you Visit:whistling:

    Butterflies;4752447

    I live in London - but I much prefer to go to Colchester Zoo!I think some … I live in London - but I much prefer to go to Colchester Zoo!I think some of the animals that were housed at London Zoo are no longer there - like the Elephants. It might have changed but I don't think so.



    We live in London too. I'd love to go to colchester but it is quite a bit farther to get to than london zoo. Is it worth the extra drive?

    Go to CHESTER ZOO - Best in Country =-D

    ClarityofMind;4753775

    We live in London too. I'd love to go to colchester but it is quite a bit … We live in London too. I'd love to go to colchester but it is quite a bit farther to get to than london zoo. Is it worth the extra drive?



    Yes, if you like zoo's you will love Colchester, and Colchester itself is a lovely place to visit :thumbsup:

    Zoos are great IMO as my kids have huge age gaps in between and so its hard to find something they will all at least tolerate doing together on a day out and animals usually tick boxes for all of them xx

    ClarityofMind;4753984

    Zoos are great IMO as my kids have huge age gaps in between and so its … Zoos are great IMO as my kids have huge age gaps in between and so its hard to find something they will all at least tolerate doing together on a day out and animals usually tick boxes for all of them xx



    I agree, I live a stones throw away from a wildlife park and have a season ticket, wife and I pop up there most weekends for a walk, it's a lovely way to spend a few hours.

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    Foxy102;4752573

    Neither. Go on a safari rather than looking at bored animals in cramped … Neither. Go on a safari rather than looking at bored animals in cramped conditions. walking round and round in circles.



    Does Woburn count?
    We went their last year and it was great, just looking for somewhere the whole family will enjoy..

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    Thanks everyone, looks like it's Colchester, then :thumbsup:

    I am happy that it's better AND cheaper - not often you get that these days :giggle:

    +1 100%
    I live about 10 mins away, and go fairly regularly and the kids are never bored of it. There's so much to do. Much, much better than London :thumbsup:

    Go to Colchester zoo. Really good. Had a weekend there good if you can also go to the castle which is nice, good shopping and lots of restaurants.

    We went to Colchester zoo in half term for the first time and loved it defo recommend xx

    Colchester zoo.
    Simply because its not in London. A place where you wipe your feet on the way out.

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    bigman83

    Go to Colchester zoo. Really good. Had a weekend there good if you can … Go to Colchester zoo. Really good. Had a weekend there good if you can also go to the castle which is nice, good shopping and lots of restaurants.



    Thanks - 5 years after I posted this thread (i don't know HOW you stumbled across it :p) we now have another little one (who's nearly 2 years old) so we may well go again this year

    LOVE Paradise Wildlife Park, though - enough animals, but then also indoors and outdoor play areas and a paddling pool
    Oh, and with Tesco Clubcard vouchers an especially cheap day out, too

    travelzoo
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