New Forest Wildlife Park

Type:Wildlife Park

New Forest Wildlife Park, Deerleap Lane, Longdown, Ashurst, Hampshire, SO40 4UH

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Nestled in the beautiful woodlands of New Forest National Park you  can discover all the delights the New Forest Wildlife Park has to offer visitors of all ages.  Both conservation projects and educational programmes are at the heart of the park and this much moved wildlife park is home to over 260 animals representing 40 species both native and from other parts of the world.  As you stroll round the nature trail look for the four species of otters from the smallest Asian shortclaw otter to the endangered giant otter from the Amazon who have a new enclosure for 2021 these otters can put on an impressive display including underwater viewing. As you follow the one way system you can enjoy wild roaming deer and wallabies,  wolves, lynx, Scottish wildcats and many others every size from the mighty Eurasian bison to the tiny harvest mouse.

Join the friendly keepers as they go about their daily routines but have time to chat and share their knowledge about the animals in their care.

Our impressive playgrounds are for all ages and abilities to learn, play and exercise.

If you are looking for a more personal experience to get up close or for that unusual gift  for a special person  a Keeper Experience Day maybe be the answer to get a taste of what it is like to be a keeper for a day


The New Forest Tour Bus red route goes right to the door in the summer months and there are special events in the school holidays. Check out or the park’s Facebook page for more information.

Due to the Corvid 10 to ensure your safety we have a one-way system in place around the park with arrows and signs to guide you.   Please respect these signs and the recommended social distancing.   We have suspended Keeper Talks for the moment but our keepers will be working and feeding the animals and are only too pleased  to stop and chat.  

The cafe is currently a one -way system for snacks, hot and cold drinks.

The Tropical Butterfly House is  closed for this season the warm enclosed space with narrow paths cannot comply with the virus guidelines.



Guide Prices

Adults - £13.50
Children (3-16 years) - £10.25
Seniors - £12.50
Family (2A+2C or 1A+3C) - £40.50
Disabled Adult - £12.50
Disabled Child - £8.25
1 Carer free
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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


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


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs) - Registered assistance dogs permitted in certain areas
  • Gift shop
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Exit 3 from M27 onto M271 - signed Southampton Docks. At Redbridge roundabout turn right onto A35 towards Lyndhurst. Before Ashurst turn left   following brown tourist signs to the New Forest Wildlife Park on Deerleap Lane. The nearest railway station is Ashurst, which is 4 miles away but you need to book a taxi.  Deerleap Lane does not have any pavements.

During the summer months the New Forest Tour bus red route can be used to vist the park.

Public Transport Directions

The New Forest Tour bus - red route stops throughout the day, everyday at New Forest Wildlife Park.  Commencing on 29th May 2021 to 12th September 2021.  Holders of current ticket receive 20% entry discount.


  • Other AwardsGo New Forest Member Go New Forest Member 2018

Opening Times

Open New Year

* SPRING/SUMMER - 10am to 5.30pm
AUTUMN/WINTER - 10 am to 4.30pm (dusk)

Last entry 1 hour 30 minutes before closing time.

Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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