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 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 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. 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. Tropical free-flying birds soar overhead as you scour the bustling forest floor for Javan chevrotain, Burmese mountain tortoises and insects.

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.

Visitors can also enjoy fascinating daily animal talks and feeds including giraffes, meerkats and penguins. With five adventure playgrounds catering to a range of ages, a rail train, a FREE tractor train, plus the interactive Explorers Trail, there’s plenty to occupy your little ones whilst you relax and soak up the surroundings.

NEW FOR 2019!

The zoo welcomed a new male red panda who has joined their female resident red panda, Mei Mei, in a new enclosure. Specifically designed by Marwell’s keepers and landscapes teams, the exhibit replicates a red panda’s natural habit. With three different areas to explore, Mei Mei and Peter’s new enclosure features lots of planted bamboo and thick low-lying bushes, as well as both coniferous and deciduous trees to keep them both content all year round. The new home also has multi-level viewing windows as well as climbing structures for the red pandas to pass people overhead. Great for photo opportunities! 

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.

Guide Prices

Prices start from:

Adult: From £15.29
Child (3-16): From £12.14
Infant (2&under): FREE
Family (2Adult+2child): From £52.16
Concession: From £13.04
Carers: FREE

Prices vary throughout the year so please check the Marwell website for full details.
Group rates are also available for groups of 12 or more paying guests.


Saturday, 16th November 2019 - Tuesday, 24th December 2019

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available - Manual wheelchairs only.

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site - Plenty of outdoor picnic space plus 2 indoor picnic huts.


  • 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



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      Map & Directions

      Road Directions

      FREE PARKING. Marwell’s postcode is SO21 1JH and is situated just off the B2177 between Colden Common and Bishops Waltham. Just follow the large brown tourist signs. If you’re planning a motorway route, then head off the M3 at J11 or the M27 at J10 (westbound) or J5 (eastbound).

      For full transport details and directions please visit the Marwell website.

      Public Transport Directions

      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!

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

      For full transport details and directions please visit the Marwell website.


      • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
      • 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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