Marwell Zoo


Thompson's Lane, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire, 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. Their next exciting development will be Water and Wetlands.

Marwell's newest exciting announcement is the exhibition of BRICKOSAURS! The interactive expedition created with more than two million bricks 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. The exhibition will run from 5th April 2019 to 1st September 2019.

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

Guide Prices

Please check their website as prices change throughout the year but as a guide are up to:

Standard Days:
Adult £20 (with voluntary donation)
Child £16 (with voluntary donation)
Student/Senior £17.50 (with voluntary donation)
Family £69 (with voluntary donation)


Friday, 5th April 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Telephone (public)
  • WiFi or internet access

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    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 Directions

    Service M1 Eastleigh to Marwell Zoo PLUS once a day from Southampton runs direct to Marwell Zoo on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays from Friday 30 March 2018 to Sunday 2 September 2018 & offers an exclusive saving of 10% off zoo admission!

    The nearest train stations are Southampton Airport Parkway (7 miles), Eastleigh (5 miles) and Winchester (8 miles).


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    • Tourism South East AwardsBeautiful South Awards Silver Beautiful South Awards Silver 2016
    • Other AwardsGo New Forest Member Go New Forest Member 2018

    Opening Times

    Open New Year

    * Opening Details
    Open everyday except Christmas and Boxing day from 10am. Closes at 4, 5 or 6pm. Please check their website for correct closing time as this changes throughout the year.

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