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Marwell Zoo

Agnes Martin at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre
Agnes Martin at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre
Address: Marwell Zoo, Colden Common, Winchester, SO21 1JH
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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 bat-eared foxes – our 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species. Also, a host of new arrivals are in residence at any time – recent births include Amur tiger triplets, Amur leopard cubs and a pygmy hippo calf!

With adventure play areas, a wide range of food and drink outlets, and road and rail trains it’s more than just a walk in the park.

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.

Spend time with Marwell Zoo’s playful primates in their ‘Lemur Walkthrough’, new for summer 2017! Visitors can explore the environment of these enticing animals in a new, themed exhibit focussing on the evolution of lemurs. With a beautiful landscaped environment, both indoors and out, the new lemur home promises an immersive experience for guests. What’s more, the zoo’s knowledgeable staff will be on hand to help guests learn all about these wonderful animals.

Experience the African wilderness first hand at Marwell Zoo’s newest and biggest exhibit to date: ‘Wild Explorers’. Visitors will be immersed in the animals’ environment as they take in some incredible views of white rhino, zebra and scimitar-horned oryx roaming together.

Wild Explorers marks the start of a £17m investment programme for Marwell Zoo over the next 10 years, creating improved habitats for their animals and more immersive experiences for visitors. This includes a new £7.8m tropical house, designed to hold an array of current and new species that will be heated by an anaerobic digester, powered by the animals’ waste – opening 2018.

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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.

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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: 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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Make your family’s Christmas magical and join us at Marwell for our Enchanted Christmas.

This year you’ll notice some exciting additions…

Begin your enchanted experience in our magical winter forest and enjoy some festive refreshments

Be charmed by Mother Christmas as she reads The Nutcracker in the fairy glen

Create your own Christmas Eve plate in the elves workshop

Meet Father Christmas and receive a wonderful gift before posing for a family photo

Your experience will last around 60-80 minutes.

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  • 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)
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Standard (25 March – 30 October 2016)

Daily Admission Adult Child (3-16) Concession
(Senior/Student with ID)
Family
2 adults & 2 children
Price including donation £19.00 £15.00 £16.50 £63.00
Price excluding donation £17.26 £13.62 £14.99 £57.22

Winter Price (31 October – 31 December 2016)

DAILY ADMISSION ADULT CHILD (3-16) CONCESSION
(SENIOR/STUDENT WITH ID)
FAMILY 
2 ADULTS & 2 CHILDREN
PRICE INCLUDING DONATION £15.00 £11.50 £12.50 £49.00
PRICE EXCLUDING DONATION £13.62 £10.45 £11.35 £44.50

DAY TICKET TYPES EXPLAINED

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.
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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 2018. 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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