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Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre

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About

Monkey World is currently only open on a pre-booked basis. Click here to book a visit to the park, and here for more Covid-19 re-opening information.

Please note - The Malagasy Lemur enclosure, play parks, gift shop, indoor cafe and adoption centre are currently closed to the public until further notice.  This is to ensure the safety of our primates, staff and visitors during our re-opening period.

 

Monkey World, the internationally-acclaimed ape rescue centre, is home to over 250 rescued and endangered monkeys and apes of 20 different species. Opened in 1987 to provide abused Spanish beach chimpanzees with a permanent home, the site is now a sanctuary for primates from all over the world and some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species. Here you can see them enjoy the company of their own kind in a safe, natural environment.

Monkey World was set up in 1987 by Jim Cronin to provide a permanent, stable home for abused Spanish beach chimps.  Today, his wife, Dr Alison Cronin, continues to work with foreign governments worldwide to stop the illegal smuggling of primates from the wild.

Combining fun with conservation and animal education, half-hourly talks by the dedicated Primate Care Staff explain all about man’s closest living relative. They love to share their knowledge of all the individuals in their care, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions when the talk is over.  Pre-bookable guided tours are also available. There are cafés serving a selection of hot and cold food and drink, or you can bring along a picnic to enjoy in the beautiful woodland setting. Once you’ve seen the stars of TV’s Monkey Life, your little monkeys can let off some steam in the Great Ape Play Area, the south’s largest adventure playground.

You can support Monkey World in continuing their rescue and rehabilitation work by taking part in the Adopt a Primate Scheme. Prices start from £25 for the year and include a photograph, certificate, three editions of the Ape Rescue Chronicle and free entry to the park for a year! All funds from adoptions are used solely for the rescue & rehabilitation of primates in need around the world.


Mobility scooters are available to hire with just a £10 refundable deposit for visitors with mobility problems. Monkey World also provides a range of sensory statues, wheelchair swings and printed keeper talks to ensure everyone is able to enjoy their day at the park.

Monkey World is just minutes from the A31 near Wool, and is open every day (except Christmas Day) 10am to 5pm (July and August 10am to 6pm).  There is ample free parking, and concessionary rates for pre-booked groups. Last admission is 1 hour before closing.

 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult (aged 16 years+)£16.00 per ticket
Carer on production of either DLA or PIP documentFree
Child (3-15yrs)£11.00 per ticket
Disabled Visitor without Carer£11.00 per ticket
Family (2 adults, 2 children)£45.00 per ticket
Senior (60 yrs +)£11.00 per ticket
Single Parent (1 Adult + 2 Children)£32.00 per ticket
Student (NUS card required)£13.00 per ticket

Please see website for group discounts, school group discounts and birthday parties.

Opening Times

* **COVID-19 UPDATE - Restricted opening dates and times. Visit the website for the most up to date information**
Only assistance dogs allowed in the park.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car

Monkey World is situated on the A31 Between Bere Regis and Wool in Dorset. Please see the map at the bottom of this page.

Satellite Navigation

For sat nav, our post code is BH20 6HH. Please follow the brown tourist signs for “Monkey World” which are situated at various sites within a few miles radius to the park.

By Bus

First Bus run a service direct to the park on weekends and school holidays between April and October. Detailed timetables can be found on their site.

The Jurassic Coast bus service from Poole also stops off at Wool station, please click below for the timetable and more details.

http://jurassiccoast.org/discover/travel-information/jurassic-coast-bus-services/

Please note: Monkey World does not operate a bus service.

By Train

By train from London Waterloo to Wool via South Western Railway. The journey takes aproximately 2.5 hours

The first train from London Waterloo to Wool departs at 05:09.

The last train from London Waterloo to Wool departs at 22:01.

Trains run approximately every hour. Weekends and holidays may vary. Please check with your ticket provider.

Wool train station is approximately 1.5 miles away from the park. There are usually taxis available at Wool train station to complete your journey to the park.

By Air

Our closest airport is Bournemouth which is about 25 miles away from the park (www.bournemouthairport.com). From here you can either take a taxi or bus to Bournemouth train station, and then the train directly to Wool station.

Southampton Airport is about 50 miles from Monkey World. Trains run directly from Southampton Airport Parkway to Wool.

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