Giant Otter at The New Forest Wildlife Park

The New Forest Wildlife Park

Deerleap Lane
Near Ashurst
SO40 4UH

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30*

* Last advised admission 90 minutes before closing. Closed the 25th and 26th December.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Map & Directions

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Road Directions

Sat Nav – Please put our address into your sat nav as using the postcode only may take you on a less direct route.

New Forest Wildlife Park are situated off the A35 between Southampton and Lyndhurst.

From the motorway system leave the M27 at Junction 3 onto M271 to Southampton and the Docks. Turn right at the end of the short M271 onto the A35 in the direction of Lyndhurst. Follow A35 for about 1.5 miles and look for brown tourist to New Forest Wildlife Park signs directing left into Deerleap Lane.

From Lyndhurst follow A35 towards Southampton. After Ashurst village turn right into Deerleap Lane following brown tourist signs to New Forest Wildlife Park. Continue past Dairy Farm to New Forest Wildlife Park on the left.

Public Transport Directions

Train: Totton rail station is approx 55 minute walk to New Forest Wildlife Park. There is a taxi rank at station. Ashurst rail station( approx 2miles) trains from London and Poole arrive at 40mins past the hour in both directions. On arrival at Ashurst there's choice of easy ways to reach us. 

Taxi: For an easy life from Ashurst a taxi costs approx £7 to £8. Book a taxi on 023 8029 3399 or contact New Forest Wildlife Park for more assistance.

Bus: The Bluestar 6 bus runs between Southampton and Lymington stopping at Ashurst - hourly Monday to Saturday and 2 hourly on Sunday. 

Bus and train travel: walk from Ashurst. Blue Star No 6. Exit train station cross A35 to No 6 the bus stop. Take No 6 to the next stop on the A35 get off at the small supermarket and stay on this road. Walk until you come to brown signs directing you right into Deerleap Lane. Deerleap Lane is a country lane without pavements.

New Forest Tour Bus - 2018: Hop on the New Forest Tour to the New Forest Wildlife Park this summer. The open top’s Red Route runs a circular, hourly, seven days a week route to the Wildlife Park from Saturday 6th July 2019 to Sunday 8th September 2019. You can catch it from Ashurst, Lyndhurst, Burley, Ringwood or Fordingbridge or link up via the blue or green routes from Brockenhurst, Lymington, Hythe and New Milton. Book online at Please note the last bus of the day from NFWP is 16.49pm. Concessions to New Forest Wildlife Park with current New Forest Tour Bus ticket.

Cycle: New Forest Wildlife Park are lucky enough to be next to the Forest cycle network.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£12.50 per ticket
Child (3 - 16)£9.50 per ticket
Family£38.00 per ticket
Registered disabled adult (carer free)£11.50 per ticket
Registered disabled child (carer free)£7.50 per ticket
Senior£11.50 per ticket
Serving Military Personnel (with ID please)£11.50 per ticket

Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children). Further details available on New Forest Wildlife's website.



  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Open New Year
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted
  • Special group rates

Provider Preferences

  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given - Keeper talks
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Booking essential

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Grad R
      London, United Kingdom
      Lovely Day Out
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 13th September 2021
      Not the largest wildlife park and doesn't have the largest selection of animals, but it was well laid out, well looked after and the staff were really friendly and helpful. All of the animals were... Read full review
    • seahorse2017
      Hook, United Kingdom
      Enjoy a warm welcome in a New Forest Park
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 15th September 2021
      Visited today with a friend after two years. Welcoming, friendly staff in all areas, especially passionate, knowledgeable keepers. All animals and birds in good condition,relaxed and comfortable... Read full review
    • JaisonW73
      Cambridge, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Great day out
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 16th September 2021
      Had a lovely few hours visiting the park. The keeper doing the feeding of the otters was very informative & knowledgeable. Worth walking round a couple of times as we saw more on our 2nd trip round... Read full review

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