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Marwell Zoo

Winchester

Type:Animal Collection / Zoo

Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH

Tel: +44 (0)1962 777 407

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Marwell Zoo

About

A visit to Marwell Zoo is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a big part in helping to save them.
 
From ring-tailed lemurs to Amur leopards, majestic giraffes to bat-eared foxes, pygmy hippos to endangered tigers – our 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.

Experience the African wilderness first hand at Marwell’s newest and biggest ever exhibit – Wild Explorers! Home to white rhino, Grevy’s zebra and scimitar-horned oryx, the new immersive exhibit is five times bigger than any other at the zoo.
 
With five play areas, a wide range of food and drink outlets, and road and rail trains it’s more than just a walk in the park.

As well as all the beautiful animals to see there are lots of exciting events taking place at Marwell Zoo.  Visit Marwell's website to find out about the upcoming events taking place during school holidays and bank holiday weekends.
 
Marwell opens every day (except Christmas and Boxing Day) at 10am and close at either 4pm, 5pm or 6pm. Please check website for details.
Last entry is 90 mins before closing time.
Note: closing time in winter is subject to weather conditions. Please allow approximately 4 to 5 hours for your visit.

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Further information to assist your visit can be found on our website.
 
Prices vary, for more information please visit Marwell's website.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£20.00 per ticket
Child£16.00 per ticket
Senior/Student£17.50 per ticket

All Prices include a voluntary donation. Please visit Marwell's website for more ticket information.

Events

Monday, 1st January 2018 - Monday, 31st December 2018

Explorers Trail at Marwell WildlifePick up your Explorers Trail at Marwell's info cabin for a suggested donation of £1. They suggest families bring a pencil to complete the name and activities of children taking part, but the trail can be done without a pencil by collecting all nine stamps around the park at some of the favourite...
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Saturday, 26th May 2018 - Sunday, 3rd June 2018

Top Trumps Challenge at Marwell ZooGuests will receive a free Top Trumps card and fun trail on arrival at Marwell zoo and will be able to compare their scores against a number of giant cards around the park representing Marwell's animal species.
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Saturday, 20th October 2018 - Sunday, 28th October 2018

Boo at the Zoo: Halloween at MarwellMarwell Zoo's resident wizard is putting trainee flyers through their paces to earn their Level 3 broomstick license. Sessions last 20 minutes and take place each day in the 'flying arena' on the front lawn of Marwell hall on a first come first served basis. Join, Esme, the scary witch at 11am, 1pm...
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Saturday, 17th November 2018 - Monday, 24th December 2018

Christmas at MarwellMake your family’s Christmas magical and join us at Marwell for our Enchanted Christmas. This year you’ll notice some exciting additions.
more info

Facilities

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Smoking Areas Available
  • Smoking Some Areas
  • Some no smoking areas

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • No dogs (Guide dogs accepted)
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Children & Infants

  • Babes in Arms
  • Baby changing
  • Children’s packs
  • Children's Meals
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Highchair(s) available
  • Outdoor children’s play area

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • Free parking
  • Green Transport - Free sunday and bank holiday bus service from Eastleigh station between May - September inclusive.
  • On Site Car Parking
  • On site parking
  • On site parking close by
  • Parking (free)
  • Railway station within 5 miles
  • Secure cycle parking

Catering

  • BBQ Food Served - On request if booked in advance.
  • BBQs for visitors use - If booked in advance
  • Cafe
  • Catering for groups
  • Catering Provided
  • Food Shop on site - Some confectionary items available in shop
  • Full liquor licence
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Packed lunches by arrangement
  • Picnic area
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments Available
  • Restaurant
  • Take away food
  • Undercover picnic area
  • Vegetarians catered for
  • Vending Facilities

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 4-5 hours
  • Can be packages by 3rd parties
  • Delta
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Solo
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Gay/Lesbian Friendly
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours
  • Guided tours by arrangement
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies
  • Meeting rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Open Christmas - Open during Christmas holiday excluding Christmas and Boxing day
  • Open New Year
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Prior Booking Recommended - Not essential
  • Special Opening for Groups by Arrangement
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups
  • Family Fun
  • Information Point
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals
  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Groups

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits

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TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    1117
  • Very Good
    727
  • Average
    291
  • Poor
    148
  • Terrible
    85

Recent Reviews:

  • Hannah M
    Horsham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Sunny day visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 22nd May 2018
    Myself and my husband decided to take a trip here on the way home from a Holiday. I haven't been to a Zoo in years and I loved it. A great variety of animals. I especially liked the giraffes, hippos... Read full review
  • Saffy0511
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Average visit
    3 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 22nd May 2018
    I visited Marwell a few years back and was genuinely tacken aback by how well it was run. However, my latest visit left me unsettled and a little concerned and underwhelmed. Although the majority... Read full review
  • leighparklad
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Well managed park
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th May 2018
    Wet n cold.. Hot drinks available dotted around park. Thankfully..with toilets too. Well managed park. Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Marwell is in the heart of the beautiful Hampshire countryside, just eight miles from Winchester, five from Eastleigh and twelve from Southampton. The park is within easy reach of two main motorways and rail stations. Our address is Marwell Zoo, Thompson’s Lane, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JH.

By Road:

FREE PARKING

From M3: Junction 11 northbound and junction 11 southbound.

From M27: Junction 10 westbound and junction 5 eastbound.

Marwell is situated just off the B2177 (between Colden Common and Bishops Waltham).

Marwell is well signposted please follow the large brown tourist signs.

Public Transport Directions

By Rail:

The nearest train stations are Southampton Airport Parkway (7 miles), Eastleigh (5 miles) and Winchester (8 miles).

By Bus:

Stagecoach service number 69 from Winchester bus station, alight at Fishers Pond. Please note that it is approximatley 30 minute walk from the bus stop, the road is unpaved so be careful.

 

 

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Opening Times

Spring (1 Mar 2018 - 6 July 2018)
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Summer (7 July 2018 - 3 Sept 2018)
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Autumn (4 Sept 2018 - 28 Sept 2018)
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Late Winter (29 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
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Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* Open 7 days a week closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Open from 10am daily

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