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Marwell Zoo

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Address: Marwell Zoo, Colden Common, Winchester, SO21 1JH
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Your visit to the zoo will be a little different, but staff have implemented lots of safety measures to ensure you feel safe and can enjoy your day out! 

Marwell are delighted to have been awarded the “We’re Good to go” mark by Visit England. This mark has been given to businesses that have adapted their day-to-day operations in line with government guidance.

For the most up to date information about tickets, safety measures and available services please visit the Marwell website.

Marwell zoo is home to hundreds of exotic and endangered animals all within a beautiful, landscaped 140-acre park. Take a stroll around the outdoor attraction with friends and family and enjoy the fresh air while spotting their animal stars which include – Rothchild’s giraffes, white rhinos, Amur tigers, Humboldt penguins, red pandas, snow leopards and all three species of zebra (to name a few)! What could be a nicer way to get your daily steps in?

The zoo is owned and operated by global conservation charity, Marwell Wildlife. By visiting you’ll be contributing towards their incredible projects to conserve species and habitats, both in Hampshire and around the world. By choosing to donate and Gift Aid your tickets when purchasing, you’ll be supporting the zoo even further!

Plus, get up close to the wallabies while you wander through the new wallaby walkthrough experience. With an idyllic dwell area, brand new water feature and natural seating, it’s the ideal spot to unwind and listen to the natural sounds of the park.

Go wild in their many adventure playgrounds! Their new bespoke okapi playground was designed to be inclusive and provides accessible equipment, so all children can safely play!

Explore Marwell’s charming formal garden which includes a representation of three garden styles of the 16th and 17th centuries, located behind the historic Marwell Hall. Take a break on the picturesque lawn, perfect for a picnic in the sun.

There are multiple catering outlets across the zoo open for meals, light bites and snacks – all freshly prepared with locally sourced ingredients! How many people can say they’ve had lunch next to a rhino?

Pop into the gift shop for fun, ethically sourced gifts suitable for all ages! It’s a must-see final stop before you leave. With so many tempting ideas for gifts, you can even get them delivered straight to your door! Browse for the gift you want online and send them an email enquiry or give them a call!

Keep an eye out for new arrivals around the zoo 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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Road

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.

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

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: https://www.marwell.org.uk/zoo/plan/travel-and-directions.

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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 (please see the Marwell website for updates)
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)
Family
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)
Family
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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