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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 here in Hampshire and around the world. For those wildlife lovers, Marwell’s star animals include – White rhino, Amur leopards, Amur tigers, cheetahs, Humboldt penguins, Rothschild giraffes and even snow leopards (just to name a few!)

Marwell’s biggest ever exhibit, the new ‘Energy for Life’ Tropical House is now open to the public. Hot on the heels of Wild Explorers, this innovative and sustainable exhibit 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. Spanning 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. Listen to the calls of the yellow-throated frogs below a cascading waterfall, admire Linné’s two-toed sloth, Rica, in the lush forest canopy and spot the group of pygmy marmosets exploring their own island above the exhibit’s impressive 70,000-litre aquarium, which is home to 2,500 fish!

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.

Keep an eye out for new arrivals around the zoo throughout the year! The zoo’s admissions fees vary across the year, and include a voluntary donation of around 10%. Marwell zoo is open from 10am 363 days a year, closing times 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.

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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 Eastleigh service to Marwell Zoo Runs direct to Marwell Zoo on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays from Friday 30 March 2018 to Sunday 2 September 2018. You can also catch the Stagecoach 69 or Xelabus X9 – This route comes with a warning as the zoo is quite a trek from the bus stop. The road is unpaved with a 50 mile an hour limit and busy with traffic so this route isn’t recommended.

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Christmas at Marwell 17 Nov – 24 December

Join us at Marwell for our Enchanted Christmas. Watch out for some exciting updates for this event.

Just one of many reviews from our event in 2017

“Having participated in a large number of Christmas events at various places with the grandchildren I can honestly say that the Marwell Christmas event surpassed any of the others. The group sizes were just right and all the children seemed to enjoy the story time and plate painting. Everything was arranged beautifully. The gift was excellent quality too. This was 1.5 hours well spent and we will definitely go again.
Plenty of time after for a meal in the restaurant and visit to the animals. Well worth the money.” ~ SueN280 on Trip Advisor

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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 Prices (30 March – 28 October 2018)

Daily Admission Adult Child (3-16) Concession
(Senior/Student with ID)
2 adults & 2 children
Price including donation £20.00 £16.00 £17.50 £69.00
Price excluding donation £17.99 £14.39 £15.74 £62.05

Winter Prices (28 October – 31 December 2018)

Daily Admission Adult Child (3-16) Concession
(Senior/Student with ID)
2 adults & 2 children
Price including donation £17.00 £13.50 £14.50 £58.00
Price excluding donation £15.29 £12.14 £13.04 £52.16
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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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