Visit the New Forest Wildlife Park and meet Victor the red deer stag, Hamish the pine marten and Hettie the hedgehog. Ogle at all the otters or be enthralled by the tropical butterfly house at this lovely woodland park, which helps to conserve endangered species and rehabilitates injured animals from the wild. Meet Bobbie the rescue roe deer face-to-face in the deer encounter enclosure or see the harvest mice scurrying in their glasshouse home. Admire Munchkin the lynx, with her hypnotic stare, or be impressed by the howling wolves.
It’s great fun watching the lively Asian short-clawed otters at play or the giant otters sploshing in their pool. With polecats, mouflon, wild boar, wallabies, ferrets, Scottish wildcats, European bison, foxes and North American river otters to enjoy too, it’s a great day out for all the family.
There are many species of owls to admire, including snowy owls Chilli, Orkney and Herdi, little owls and barn owl Hobbit. You’ll learn fascinating facts from the friendly keepers on their daily feeding rounds and have a blast in the fabulous Go Wild adventure
Owners Carol and Roger Heap closed the Derbyshire centre last year due to their semi-retirement, and will concentrate their efforts on their two other parks in the New Forest and in Battersea following forty years of caring for wildlife.
As well as several species of otters, owls and deer, visitors to New Forest Wildlife Park can see a lynx, red foxes, ferrets, harvest mice, polecats, pine martens, mouflon, wolves, wallabies, badgers, souslik, water voles, hedgehogs, Scottish wildcats and wild boar.
There are animal encounters, feeding sessions and keeper talks throughout the day plus special events in the school holidays. With two action-packed adventure playgrounds, a gift shop and tempting café too, New Forest Wildlife Park makes for a fun-filled and fabulous day out for all the family.
Find out more about the New Forest National Park and discover places to eat, accommodation and events.
|Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 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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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 www.thenewforesttour.info. 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.