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 in Hampshire and around the world. For those wildlife lovers, Marwell’s star animals include – White rhino, Amur tigers, cheetahs, Humboldt penguins, Rothschild giraffes and even snow leopards (just to name a few!)
Marwell’s biggest ever exhibit, the ‘Energy for Life’ Tropical House opened in 2018 and 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. Hot on the heels of Wild Explorers, this innovative and sustainable exhibit spans 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. 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. Marwell also welcomed a new male red panda, who has now joined the zoo’s female resident red panda, Mei Mei, in a new enclosure. The new home mimics their environment in the wild and has multi-level viewing windows as well as climbing structures for the red pandas to pass people overhead. Great for photo opportunities!
Visitors can enjoy a range of daily animal talks and feeds including giraffes, meerkats and Humboldt penguins. With five adventure playgrounds catering to a range of ages, a rail train, a FREE tractor train and 2 indoor picnic areas, there’s plenty to occupy your little ones whilst you relax and soak up the surroundings.
Keep an eye out for new arrivals around the zoo throughout the year! Marwell zoo is open from 10am 363 days a year, closing times and admission prices vary. Please check the Marwell website for full ticket prices, opening times and other details.
|Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* Open 363 days a year. Excludes Christmas Day & Boxing Day. Open from 10am all year round, closing times vary. Please visit the Marwell website for full details.
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 Saturday 6 April 2019 to Sunday 1 September 2019. This service runs twice a day from Southampton on weekends during the summer school holidays. Taking this bus also offers an exclusive saving of 10% 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.
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