Nestled in the beautiful woodlands of New Forest National Park you can discover all the delights the New Forest Wildlife Park has to offer for visitors of all ages. With both conservation projects and educational programmes at the heart of the wildlife park this much loved attraction is home to over 260 animals representing 40 species both native and from other parts of the world.
As you stroll round the nature trail look for the four species of otters from the smallest Asian shortclaw otter to the endangered giant otter from the Amazon these otters can put on an impressive display including underwater viewing. As you follow the one way system you can enjoy wild roaming deer and wallabies, wolves, lynx, Scottish wildcats and many others every size from the mighty Eurasian bison to the tiny harvest mouse.
Join the friendly keepers as they go about their daily routines but have time to chat and share their knowledge about the animals in their care.
Our impressive playgrounds are for all ages and abilities to learn, play and exercise. If you are looking for a more personal experience to get up close or for that unusual gift for a special person a Keeper Experience Day maybe be the answer to get a taste of what it is like to be a keeper for a day.
|Spring/Summer (19 Mar 2024 - 22 Sept 2024)
|Monday - Sunday
|Autumn/Winter (23 Sept 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
|Monday - Sunday
* Advised last admission is 1.5 hours before closing time.
Open everyday, including Easter and Bank Holidays except Christmas day and Boxing day.
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 - 2022: 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 25th June 2022 to 18th September 2022. 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.