Marwell’s 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Just by visiting Marwell Zoo (owned and operated by conservation charity, Marwell Wildlife) you’ll be making a big contribution to their projects to conserve species and habitats, both here in Hampshire and around the world. For those wildlife lovers, Marwell’s star animals include – White rhino, Amur leopards, Amur tigers, cheetahs, Humboldt penguins, Rothschild giraffes and even snow leopards (just to name a few!)
Marwell’s biggest ever exhibit, the new ‘Energy for Life’ Tropical House is now open to the public. Hot on the heels of Wild Explorers, this innovative and sustainable exhibit marks the second phase of a £17million investment programme at Marwell over the next decade, creating improved habitats for animals and more immersive experiences for guests. Spanning two levels with fantastic vantage points, guests can experience face-to-face encounters with a diversity of wildlife and exotic plants in a tropical climate, while learning about the flow of energy through life. Listen to the calls of the yellow-throated frogs below a cascading waterfall, admire Linné’s two-toed sloth, Rica, in the lush forest canopy and spot the group of pygmy marmosets exploring their own island above the exhibit’s impressive 70,000-litre aquarium, which is home to 2,500 fish!
If you’re loopy for lemurs, be sure to look out for Lemur Loop – A walkthrough exhibit including several species of lemurs, a great way to immerse yourself in their exciting environment. Guests can see the loveable lemur troop through the indoor viewing area in the Evolution Hub and can walk alongside the adorable lemurs in their outdoor walkthrough area.
Keep an eye out for new arrivals around the zoo throughout the year! The zoo’s admissions fees vary across the year, and include a voluntary donation of around 10%. Marwell zoo is open from 10am 363 days a year, closing times vary. Please check the Marwell website for full ticket prices, opening times and other details.
|Spring (1 Mar 2019 - 6 July 2019)|
|Summer (7 July 2019 - 3 Sept 2019)|
|Autumn (4 Sept 2019 - 28 Sept 2019)|
|Late Winter (29 Oct 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
* Open 7 days a week closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Open from 10am daily
Map & Directions
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Marwell's postcode is SO21 1JH and is situated just off the B2177 between Colden Common and Bishops Waltham. Follow the large brown tourist signs. If you’re planning a motorway route, then head off the M3 at J11 or the M27 at J10 (westbound) or J5 (eastbound).
Public Transport Directions
Bus: Service M1 Eastleigh to Marwell Zoo PLUS twice a day from Southampton: Runs direct to Marwell Zoo daily from Thursday 21 July until Sunday 4 September & offers an exclusive saving of 10% off zoo admission!
Train: The nearest train stations are Southampton Airport Parkway (7 miles), Eastleigh (5 miles) and Winchester (8 miles).
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