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Marwell Zoo

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Address: Marwell Zoo, Colden Common, Winchester, SO21 1JH
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With plenty of outdoor space, and a whole host of animals and activities, Marwell Zoo is a great family day out in Hampshire. Our 140-acre park is home to 100s of animals from giraffes, tigers and rhinos to meerkats, penguins and lemurs. We also have 5 adventure play areas, cafe’s and a gift shop.

We recommend allowing four hours to fully explore the zoo and keep up to date on feed times, offers and our interactive map – there’s even a visit planner to help you get the most from your day.

A visit to Marwell is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world and find out how our conservationists are making a difference for future generations.  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!

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 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: The Blue Star ZOO bus from Eastleigh train station to Marwell Zoo will run throughout the Easter holidays and thereafter run on weekends and school holidays until the end of August. 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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  • Plenty of disabled parking spaces available.
  • 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)
  • Free water refill stations
  • Baby food/bottle warming facilities
  • Free Marwell Zoo app
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Ticket prices vary according to season – for up to date prices please visit – https/

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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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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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Buy 1 visit and get 30 days free!

To celebrate the start of a shiny new year and to kickstart your New Year’s resolutions, Marwell Zoo is introducing a fantastic offer guaranteed to increase your step count and get you out and about in the fresh air.

If you  online in January or February 2024, you get 30 days free entry to the zoo – just show your original booking each time you return.

Offer starts on January 1 and is valid for all tickets bought until February 23, 2024*

*All terms and conditions can be found on their website.

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