Important information: Marwell Zoo is open! Tickets must be pre-booked in advance from Marwell's website: https://www.marwell.org.uk/guest-guidance
Marwell will be strictly limiting numbers each day to ensure guests can keep a safe distance so everyone including members, under threes and carers will need to book online before they arrive. Tickets are released four days ahead only. For the most up to date information on tickets, safety measures, and facilities, please see Marwell's detailed FAQs: https://www.marwell.org.uk/guest-guidance
The zoo has received the ‘We’re Good To Go Industry Standard’ certification. Acquiring the Industry Standard mark means that this business has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
Marwell Zoo is home to hundreds of endangered and exotic species in 140 acres of beautiful parkland. There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy and so many species to learn about! From Amur tigers and snow leopards, to brilliant birds and cheeky meerkats, Marwell offers you the chance to get up close to some incredible members of the animal kingdom.
The zoo is owned and operated by conservation charity Marwell Wildlife, so by visiting you’ll be contributing to incredible conservation projects, both in Hampshire and across the world. The organisation is proud to have claimed awards such as a ‘silver award’ for ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’ and a gold award for ‘Ethical, Responsible And Sustainable Tourism’ in the latest Beautiful South Awards held at the end of 2019.
Their world exclusive toy brick adventure SUPERSIZED! is now at the zoo until 1 November 2020. The exciting adventure features up to 30 models of real-life creatures blown-up to eye-popping proportions. Pick up a trail map or download their free app and follow the trail to learn more about these often-misunderstood species. You won’t want to miss the towering two-metre red spitting cobra, or the three-metre tarantula!
Don’t miss a visit to the spectacular Energy for Life: Tropical House. This innovative and sustainable exhibit shows off a stunning environment where summer is eternal, and free-flying birds soar above you. As you enter this immersive display, peer through lush foliage and get face-to-face with a Linne’s two-toed sloth!
Wallaby Walkthrough is new, improved, and now open! The exhibit boasts an idyllic dwell area and natural seating – the perfect spot to relax.
Also new for summer 2020 is okapi playground! Where better to let your little monkeys go wild and safely play?
Watch fascinating daily animal talks and feeds with Rothschild’s giraffes, meerkats and Humboldt penguins. A ride on the miniature railway is great for up-close animal views and the road train makes for a relaxing rest for tired legs!*
There are multiple catering outlets across the zoo for takeaway light bites and snacks. The main restaurant (Café Graze) and Coffee Corner is open for takeaway only. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and there are plenty of picnic areas dotted around the park – how many people can say they’ve had lunch next to a rhino?
Look out for new arrivals around the zoo throughout the year! Marwell Zoo is open daily from 10am, 363 days a year. Closing times and admissions prices vary. Please check the Marwell website for the latest updates.
*Subject to availability.
|Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* Marwell Zoo is open! The park is open to general guests from 10am. Entry for annual membership holders is from 9.30am. Please arrive later to avoid queues.The zoo will close at 5pm and last entry is 90 minutes before closing time.
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
The M1 service runs direct to Marwell Zoo every hour from Eastleigh and once a day from Southampton on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays from April - September. This service runs twice a day from Southampton on weekends during the summer school holidays. Taking this bus also offers an exclusive saving of 20% off zoo admission!
The nearest train stations are Southampton Airport Parkway (7 miles), Eastleigh (5 miles) and Winchester (8 miles).
For full transport details and directions please visit the Marwell website.
*The M1 bus is not currently running. Please check with the service provider for the latest information.
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