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Marwell Zoo

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Address: Marwell Zoo, Colden Common, Winchester, SO21 1JH
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In line with government guidance and the further measures being taken to halt the advance of Covid-19, Marwell is currently closed until further notice.   Please visit their website for more information and updates on their re-opening plans.

Embrace your wild side at Marwell Zoo! Home to hundreds of endangered and exotic species in 140 acres of beautiful parkland, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy and admire. From Amur tigers to brilliant birds, Marwell offers you the chance to get up close to the amazing members of the animal kingdom.

The zoo is owned and operated by conservation charity Marwell Wildlife, so, by visiting, you’ll be contributing to incredible projects to conserve species and habitats both in Hampshire and around the world.

Next stop, paradise. Head over to the ‘Energy for Life’ Tropical House. This innovative and sustainable exhibit shows off a stunning environment where summer is eternal, and birds are free to fly overhead. As you walk through this immersive display, peer through lush foliage and get face-to-face with a Linne’s two-toed sloth.

Delight in the daily animal talks and feeds with Rothschild’s giraffes, meerkats and Humboldt penguins. The miniature railway is great for up-close animal views and the road train makes for a fantastically fun ride!

The exciting, world exclusive event SUPERSIZED! is at the zoo until 1 November 2020. The larger than life brick adventure features up to 30 models of real-life creatures with an explosion of colour and size! You won’t want to miss the towering red spitting cobra or the huge three-metre tarantula…

Look out for new zoo arrivals throughout the year! Marwell Zoo is open daily from 10am, 363 days a year. Closing times and admissions prices vary. Please check the Marwell website for full ticket prices and other details.

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Marwell Zoo is open daily from 10am 363 days a year. Closed only on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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.

Closing times vary throughout the seasons and school holidays. Please check the Marwell website for full details.

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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: Marwell will reward you with a 20% discount on park entry when you show your bus ticket at admissions.

The Stagecoach 69 from Winchester to Marwell Zoo is available on Sundays and bank holiday Mondays only. This bus will also reward you with 20% off zoo admission!

For full transport details and directions please visit the Marwell website:

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“We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

This business is self-certificated as “We’re Good To Go”.

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  • Plenty of disabled parking spaces available.
  • Free road train that stops at various points around the park. Includes a carriage suitable for wheelchair users. *currently not in service, keep an eye on the website for updates.
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchair access. Manual wheelchairs also available to hire for a refundable deposit.
  • Guide dogs welcome. Some exhibits (such as our okapi house) do not allow guide dogs to enter.
  • Changing Places Toilet Facility (with a winch for severely disabled guests with a radar key)
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Standard Prices (4 April 2020 – 1 November 2020)
Under 3s go free. Carers accompanying a paying guest with accessibility needs go free.

Daily Admission Adult Child (3-16) Concession
(Senior/Student with ID)
2 adults & 2 children
Price including donation £22.00 £18.00 £19.50 £76.00
Price excluding donation £19.78 £16.19 £17.54 £63.85

Winter Prices (3 January – 3 April 2020)

Daily Admission Adult Child (3-16) Concession
(Senior/Student with ID)
2 adults & 2 children
Price including donation £18.00 £14.50 £15.50 £61.00
Price excluding donation £16.19 £13.04 £13.94 £54.86
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There are a range of services and facilities to make Marwell Zoo as enjoyable and as accessible as possible for everyone. Exhibits are specially designed with alternative viewpoints. For an overview, please see Marwell’s website for an in-depth access guide.

One free carer will be admitted with one paying guest with accessibility needs (T&Cs apply).

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