Monkey Haven



Staplers Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2NB

Tel: 01983 530885

Monkey Haven


Say hello to Monkey Haven, the gold award-winning Primate Rescue Centre that makes animals happy - and people happy. It's a place to relax, have fun and meet some fascinating creatures.

The Island’s favourite sanctuary is a winner of VisitEngland’s Best Small Attraction and ranked the top animal attraction on TripAdvisor with five full stars.

Monkey Haven specialises in primate care and is home to over 19 species, including the singing Lar gibbons, Siamangs and Mueller’s gibbons, plus Mangabeys, Colobus monkeys, Javan langurs, critically endangered Cotton-top tamarins and many more.

Catch the keeper talks and animal feeds throughout the day to learn about the amazing residents, their personalities, and how they came to be at the Haven. Many were rescued from tragic situations, found tied up in airports, or badly neglected by their previous owners.

It’s not just monkeys you’ll see – visit the rescued birds of prey, reptiles and minibeast, meet the meerkat mob, and you could even get the chance to handle a snake or get up close to an owl.

The animal carers have won a top award for their talks - VisitEngland’s Best Told Story Accolade, so don’t miss them!

There’s loads to see and do including…

  • Visit the new Eco primate lodge, powered by solar energy – watch the capuchin family enjoying their wonderful new home, both inside and out! Further rescues arriving in 2024.
  • Download our FREE awesome App. Follow trails, collect virtual bananas and see behind the scenes using our secret hot spots!
  • FREE activity booklet for kids, including a treat trail.
  • Have a hoot with the owls – meet many rescued birds of prey, including Great Grey owls, Barn owls, Eagle owls, Boobooks. Plus say hello to Ketch and Oakley at the daily owl talks.
  • Get up close to a snake at our ‘Reptile Rendezvous’ and meet some scaly friends in our Reptile Lodge, including a Chinese Water Dragon
  • Two fun play areas for children (under 5’s and over 5’s).
  • Pop into Xhabu’s Tea Room for hot and cold refreshments, chill out at the Ice cream lodge or enjoy your own al fresco feast in the picnic areas.

Great Facilities

There’s free Wifi, two kids’ play areas, a lovely gift shop and tea room where tasty treats are served throughout the day. The Haven has full disabled access and free parking – and tickets are valid for a free return trip within 7 days!

Quiet Hour

The Quiet Hour is a time for people with hidden disabilities and additional needs, such as autism, to enjoy the Haven. The Quiet Hour runs from 9am to 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays making Monkey Haven more accessible to everyone. For more information and to book tickets please click here:

Recent awards

Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards:

  • Best Small Attraction Gold winner 2023
  • Best Green Business Silver winner 2023


  • Travellers Choice 2023

London Charity Film Awards

  • Peoples Choice Award 2022

Monkey Haven is a charity and all proceeds from your visit will go towards caring for the animals you'll meet. Come and hang out and have fun at this multi award-winning sanctuary where a very warm welcome awaits. 



Ticket type
(includes free 7 day return pass)

Regular admission
(buy online for a discount)

Admission with
10% gift aid

Child (age 3-14)



Adult (age 15+)



Senior (age 65+)



Disabled child* 



Disabled adult*



Disabled senior*



Family (2 adults + 2 children)



Family (2 adults + 3 children) 



Island resident**



*Free entry for one essential carer.** Please show proof of address and photo ID.

Free 7 day return for all visitors


Unfortunately we are not able to allow dogs into the sanctuary as many of our primates are rescued and they can cause stress to our animals. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Book Tickets



  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities - Only small groups
  • Event Venue
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Approx length of visit - 2-3 hours
  • MasterCard accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun


Map & Directions

Road Directions

By car from Newport:

From the main Newport roundabout (Coppins Bridge) take the Ryde exit and turn immediately right onto Staplers Road. We are just over a mile on the left hand side.

By car from Ryde:

Head towards Wootton. After 4 miles turn left at the top of Wootton High Street, at the lights by the Cedar pub. We are about a mile on the right hand side, just past Butterfly World.

Public Transport Directions

Take the number 9 bus, which stops about 200 yards from the entrance to the Haven. A footpath will then bring you straight to our door. For bus information please visit the Southern Vectis website - 


  • Visit England Awards -Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - Gold Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - Gold 2017
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice award Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice award 2023
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2019/20 - Gold Beautiful South Awards Winners 2019/20 - Gold 2019
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Silver Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Silver 2024

Opening Times

Summer (1 Mar 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00
Winter (1 Oct 2024 - 3 Nov 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 16:00

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