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Marwell Zoo

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Address: Marwell Zoo, Colden Common, Winchester, SO21 1JH
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Marwell’s 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Just by visiting Marwell Zoo (owned and operated by conservation charity, Marwell Wildlife) you’ll be making a big contribution to their projects to conserve species and habitats, both in Hampshire and around the world. For those wildlife lovers, Marwell’s star animals include – White rhino, Amur tigers, cheetahs, Humboldt penguins, Rothschild giraffes and even snow leopards (just to name a few!)

Marwell’s biggest ever exhibit, the ‘Energy for Life’ Tropical House opened in 2018 and marks the second phase of a £17million investment programme at Marwell over the next decade, creating improved habitats for animals and more immersive experiences for guests. Hot on the heels of Wild Explorers, this innovative and sustainable exhibit spans two levels with fantastic vantage points. Guests can experience face-to-face encounters with a diversity of wildlife and exotic plants in a tropical climate, while learning about the flow of energy through life. If you’re loopy for lemurs, be sure to look out for Lemur Loop – A walkthrough exhibit including several species of lemurs, a great way to immerse yourself in their exciting environment. Guests can see the loveable lemur troop through the indoor viewing area in the Evolution Hub and can walk alongside the adorable lemurs in their outdoor walkthrough area. Marwell also welcomed a new male red panda, who has now joined the zoo’s female resident red panda, Mei Mei, in a new enclosure. The new home mimics their environment in the wild and has multi-level viewing windows as well as climbing structures for the red pandas to pass people overhead. Great for photo opportunities!

Visitors can enjoy a range of daily animal talks and feeds including giraffes, meerkats and Humboldt penguins. With five adventure playgrounds catering to a range of ages, a rail train, a FREE tractor train and 2 indoor picnic areas, there’s plenty to occupy your little ones whilst you relax and soak up the surroundings.

Marwell Zoo welcomes the world exclusive exhibition of BRICKOSAURS! Created with more than two million bricks, the interactive expedition is sure to excite families, LEGO® and dinosaur enthusiasts alike. A highlight includes the largest touring LEGO brick dinosaur model ever made – a whopping eight-metre T. rex. Track down all of the dinosaurs with the free BRICKOSAURS! trail; create your own masterpiece in the ‘brick pits’ and don’t miss the perfect photo opportunity inside the 3D Meglosaurus! This incredible LEGO brick expedition is running until September 1st, 2019 and will see even more stunning sculptures inhabit the park from 18th July!”

Keep an eye out for new arrivals around the zoo throughout the year! Marwell zoo is open from 10am 363 days a year, closing times and admission prices vary. Please check the Marwell website for full ticket prices, opening times and other details.

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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.

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: Travel to the zoo by bus and you’ll be rewarded with a 10% discount on park entry, when you show your ticket at admissions.

The M1 service runs direct to Marwell Zoo every hour from Eastleigh and once a day from Southampton on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays from Saturday 6 April 2019 to Sunday 1 September 2019. This service runs twice a day from Southampton on weekends during the summer school holidays. Taking this bus also offers an exclusive saving of 10% off zoo admission!

For full transport details and directions please visit the Marwell website

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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.
  • 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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Marwell Zoo – 20% off in the gift shop

01 Apr to 31 Dec

Get close to the wonders of the natural world, and take home a special souvenir of your day.

Download a copy of the voucher here.

You can also download the Winchester Visitor Map to get this special offer and many more.

Request a hard copy

*Upon receipt of this voucher. Vaild until 31st December 2019. Not available with any other discount or offer.

Free Guide book at Marwell Zoo

01 Jan to 31 Oct

Marwell Zoo is about being as active or as relaxed as you want, so why not take advantage of a free guide book to help you during your visit.

Download a copy of the voucher here.

You can also download the Visit Winchester Visitor Guide here.

Request a hard copy

*Entrance payable. Subject to availability. Voucher has no monetary value. Expires 31.10.18

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