Port Lympne Reserve


Type:Animal Collection / Zoo

Aldington Road, Lympne, Ashford, Kent, CT21 4LR

Tel: +44 0844 842 4647

Port Lympne Reserve


Port Lympne Reserve, one of Kent’s most popular and award winning visitor attractions  celebrated its 42nd birthday throughout 2018.  Originally opened to the public in 1976, The Reserve, near Ashford is home to over 700 rare and endangered species and is now Europe’s first animal focused holiday destination, offering visitors a variety of short break accommodations.

Set over 600 acres, Port Lympne is home to the UK’s most authentic safari experience, The African Experience – 100 acres alive with African animals. 

Visitors to Port Lympne throughout the year are promised a super, natural and epic day out as they explore wooded pathways to discover where the wild things are and see the UK’s largest herd of black rhino, big cats, small cats, primates, western lowland gorillas and more.

Visitors can also book additional activities for an extra special day, including bespoke safaris, guided tours, team building activities, keeper experiences and many more.  Restaurants and kiosks are located around the park providing a variety of hot and cold snacks. 

The Reserve, is the only visitor attraction in the UK offering a variety of short break accommodations, including fun and family friendly camping at Pinewood pods, luxury glamping at multi award winning Giraffe Lodge and the newly launched Bear Lodge, year round relaxation at Giraffe Cottage and the boutique Port Lympne Hotel and the height of contemporary style at the Treehouse Hotel.

For further information including opening times, entry prices and special events please visit www.aspinallfoundation.org/portlympne


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Terms & Conditions apply please always check www.aspinalfoundation.org/portlympne for up to date prices.


Map & Directions

Road Directions

By road: Port Lympne Reserve is located at Lympne, near Ashford in Kent. Leave the M20 at Junction 11 and the Park is situated just 5 minutes away. Look for the brown tourist signs. Plenty of free parking.

By Rail: Just over an hour from London Charing Cross or Victoria to Ashford Station. The Park is then 30 minutes bus ride away (No. 10 bus)

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station: Westenhanger is 2 miles


  • Green Tourism Business Scheme -Green Business Bronze Green Business Bronze 2012
  • Tourism South East Award -14/15 Gold Award - Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 14/15 Gold Award - Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2014
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Gold Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Gold 2017
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Bronze Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Bronze 2017
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2019 Tourism South East Member 2019 2019
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2021/22 - Commended Beautiful South Awards Winners 2021/22 - Commended 2022

Opening Times

2022 (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

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