Tropical Wings Zoo

Wickford Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5QZ

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Opening Times

Open daily, except over Christmas and New Year's Day.

Summer (28 March to 3 November):

9:30am to 5:30pm

Winter (4 November to March):

10:00am to 4:00pm

Last admissions 60-90 min. before closing.

Admission Prices

Weekends, school and bank holidays:



Child (2-15):




Family (2+2/1+3):


Disabled adult / carer:

£8.95 /Free

Disable child / carer:

£8.95 /Free

Weekdays in term time:



Child (2-15):




Family (2+2/1+3):


Disabled adult / carer:

£7.50 /Free

Disable child / carer:

£7.50 /Free

Season tickets and group rates also available; see zoo's website for details.


Tropical Wings Zoo prides itself on its reputation for providing all weather fun for the whole family. Throughout the day we provide entertaining talks, animal feeds, fun activities and with great competitions to enter there's something for everyone!

Featuring one of the finest Tropical Houses in the UK and home to an array of exotic butterflies the Zoo offers an interesting and ever growing collection of animals ranging from tiny Poison Dart Frogs and creepy crawlies through to Lemurs, Wallabies, Meerkats and Giant Sulcata Tortoises. The large collection of tropical birds are a wonder for first encounters and enthusiasts alike. The birds of prey are always impressive and can be seen most days during Wild Wings Show. For those who like to get a little closer to the animals and interact with them, why not try feeding the enormous koi carp or getting involved in the Wallaby feed.

Whether it's a light bite, ice cream or a sit down meal you are looking for, Macawbers Café can accommodate all your needs (no admission to the Zoo is required to visit the Café). Of course you may feel like bringing a picnic and when the weather is warmer we have plenty of outside areas for you to use.

Sit back and enjoy a coffee whilst watching the kids play in Macawbers Fun House, the Jungle Tots and Jungle Juniors themed areas are a resounding success with young visitors so why not try them out today!!

Perhaps you may like to treat someone special with a personal Close Encounter or an Adult or Junior Zoo Keeper experience day. Looking for a gift with a difference? Then why not adopt one of their animals or birds. Staff at reception will be happy to provide full details on all the packages we have on offer.

If you're looking for something interesting, fun and different to do, make a visit to Tropical Wings Zoo.

Official Website

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Car Park

Large free car park


Macawbers Café offers a range of home-baked snacks, refreshments, and meals, including cakes, cream teas, ice cream sundaes, and lunches.

Snack bar, undercover and open picnic areas.

For Kids

Adventure playground, toddler's play area, mini-tractor rides, pets corner, activity areas.

Special Needs

Fully wheelchair accessible

Toilets for the disabled

Reserved parking spaces


No dogs (except guide dogs)


Animal Collections

Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Fish, Invertebrates

Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.

Special Attractions

Variety of animal handling and feeding sessions throughout the day.

Birds of prey and owl flying displays

Other Attractions

Farm Shop

How To Get There:

By Car

From Chelmsford (& A12 north-east):

Follow the A130 south from Chelmsford towards Southend-on-Sea and Basildon. At junction with A132, follow signs through roundabouts to take A132 towards South Woodham Ferrers. After about 2.4 miles, on outskirts of South Woodham Ferrers and shortly before roundabout, turn left and left again onto Wickford Road, and follow signs to Tropical Wings, which will shortly be on your right.

From Southend-on-Sea:

Take the A127 towards Basildon and London. At junction with A13 and A130, turn `right' onto A130 towards Chelmsford. At junction with A132, follow signs through roundabouts to take A132 towards South Woodham Ferrers. Continue to Tropical Wings, as described above.

From M25:

At M25 junction 29, turn onto A127 towards Basildon and Southend-on-Sea. Continue past Basildon to junction with A13 and A130. Turn'left' onto A130 towards Chelmsford, and continue to South Woodham Ferrers and Tropical Wings as described above.

By Public Transport

By Bus:

From Chelmsford:

First bus no. 36 to Asda store, South Woodham Ferrers.

From Basildon (Roundacre): NIBS no. 237 to Asda store, South Woodham Ferrers.

From Rayleigh (The Travellers Joy):

First bus no. 35 to The Blue Lion at Great Baddow, then change onto no. 36 from Chelmsford, as described above.

From Southend (Travel Centre Stop Y):

First bus no X30 to Chelmsford bus station, then take no. 36 as described above.

By Train:

From London Liverpool Street Station:

Either: Take a through train to Southminster, and alight at Woodham Ferrers Station

Or: Take a Southend train to Wickford, then change onto a Southminster line train, and alight at Woodham Ferrers Station.

Or: Take a train to Chelmsford, then proceed by bus as described above from the bus station (a short walk between rail and bus stations).

From Rayleigh & Southend Victoria Station:

Take a London train to Wickford, then change onto a Southminster line train, and alight at Woodham Ferrers Station.

From Norwich, Ipswich & Colchester:

Take a London train and either alight at Chelmsford and continue by bus, as described above, or continue to Shenfield and change onto a Southminster or Southend train as described above (from London).

Data on this page last updated: Apr 13 2014

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