Marwell Zoo

Get close to the wonders of the natural world.

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 and gentle giraffes to Amur tigers and curious meerkats – their 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species.

Marwell’s biggest ever exhibit, a new Tropical House will be opening Easter 2018. This marks the second phase of a £17m investment programme for the zoo over the next 8-10 years, creating improved habitats for animals and more immersive experiences for guests. The £8m exhibit will span two levels offering fantastic vantage points across a lush, tropical canopy and the opportunity to experience the captivating life of the forest floor. Guests will be free to share the habitat and enjoy uninterrupted, close-up views of new, colourful and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. Powered by Marwell’s animal waste, the new exhibit will significantly reduce their carbon footprint.

What’s more, spend time with Marwell’s playful primates at ‘Lemur Loop’, a new walkthrough exhibit – now open. Explore the environment of different types of lemur whilst learning about the evolution of the species. With a beautiful landscaped setting, both indoors and out, the new lemur exhibit promises a truly immersive experience.

Marwell Zoo is about being as active or as relaxed as you want. There are several play areas where children can run wild while you take a well-earned break. Enjoy spectacular views of the valley field, while you eat and drink at Café Graze, or its attached picnic area. There’s also a free road train to help you get around. Best of all, you can combine an unforgettable day out with a chance to learn all about the natural world and the challenges it faces.

  • Special car parking area in main car park.
  • Free road trains, one with special carriage accessible to wheelchair users.
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchair access
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Changing Places Toilet Facility (with a winch for severely disabled guests with a radar key)

Marwell opens every day (except Christmas and Boxing Day) at 10am.

Last entry is 90 mins before closing time. Note: closing time in winter is subject to weather conditions. Please allow approximately four to five hours for your visit.

Children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


Until March 2018
Daily Admission Adult Child (3-16) Concession
(Senior/Student with ID)
2 adults & 2 children
Price including donation £15.00 £11.50 £12.50 £49
Price excluding donation £13.62 £10.45 £11.35 £44.50
30 March - 28 October 2018
PRICE INCLUDING DONATION £20.00 £16 £17.50 £69
PRICE EXCLUDING DONATION £17.99 £14.39 £15.74 £62.05

29 October- 31 December 2018
PRICE INCLUDING DONATION £17.00 £13.50 £14.50 £58
PRICE EXCLUDING DONATION £15.29 £12.14 £13.04 £52.16


Type Description
Adult Age 17 to 59 years
Child Age 3 to 16 years. Children under 3 are FREE
Concession (Senior/Studentwith ID) Age 60 years + / student with valid NUS card
Family 2 adults & 2 children aged 3-16 years
Guests with disabilities Disabled guests will be admitted with a FREE carer on arrival provided proof of disability is shown.
Please note our admission prices are exempt from VAT.


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.


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

  • By Rail: The nearest train stations are Southampton Airport Parkway (7 miles), Eastleigh (5 miles) and Winchester (8 miles).
  • By Bus: Seasonal bus services carry passengers straight to Marwell Zoo and offer an exclusive 10% discount on admission. M1 runs from Eastleigh Railway Station to Marwell Zoo during school holidays, weekends & bank holidays until 4 September. The service will also run once a day from Southampton City Centre, Vincent’s Way until July onwards, when it will run twice a day. Trains connecting from Winchester and beyond, can catch the service which leaves Eastleigh Railway Station 25 minutes past the hour from 10.25am.

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30 Mar to 02 Apr
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30 Mar to 15 Apr
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