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New Forest Wildlife Park

New Forest Wildlife Park Wolves

About

Visit New Forest Wildlife Park for a warm welcome, a wonderful day out and encounters with some amazing wildlife.

Located in lovely natural woodland in the heart of the New Forest National Park, you’ll meet characters such as Hobbit the barn owl, Munchkin the lynx, Topaz the otter and Hetty the hedgehog. In the deer enclosure you can get up close to rescued fallow and roe deer or watch Victor the magnificent red deer stag interact with his herd of hinds. The rare giant otters love to play in their pool while the vocal Asian short-clawed otters provide amusing entertainment at feeding time.

There are many more animals and birds to enjoy, including the rare Scottish wildcat, European Bison, wolves, wallabies, muntjac deer, ferrets, hedgehogs, foxes, badgers, polecats, pine martens, mouflon, souslik and harvest mice.

You can learn about the habits of different species of owls, including barn owls, snowy owls, tawny owls, eagle owls, great horned owls and more, or wander through the tropical butterfly house, from Easter to September, enjoying the sight of colourful butterflies emerging from their pupae. The friendly and knowledgeable keepers will do their best make your day special, with keeper talks, feeding sessions, animal encounter sessions and quizzes, and there’s a tempting restaurant and gift shop too.

Finally, let your hair down in the fabulous Go Wild adventure playgrounds, designed for fun-loving kids and adults of all ages.

Go Wild!

Whether you’re 6 years old or 86, you’ll love Go Wild!

Our fantastic adventure playground is the ideal place for exploration and fun. 
Located among the trees and in sight of the park’s wildlife, Go Wild! has a zip wire, log jumble, ‘birds’ nests’ climbing ropes, swings, spider nets and more.

Mini Go Wild!

For the tiny tots - away from the older boys and girls – there’s Mini Go Wild!
Younger visitors up to six years old can enjoy the sand pits, diggers, slides, climbing frames and swings, all in a safe and stimulating environment.

Animal Feeding

What do otters like to eat? Why do wolves howl? Have you got questions you’d like answered about our wildlife?

Then join our friendly keepers for their regular keeper talks and feeding sessions throughout the day. You can hear all about our fascinating animals and see them being fed.

At various times of the year, animal encounter sessions also allow you to get up close to small mammals and birds. Check at the entrance to the park for the times of keeper talks, feeding sessions or special events.

Resturant and Coffee Shop

New Forest Wildlife Park’s smart new restaurant and coffee shop. The restaurant has been re-named in honour of its recent refurbishment and now boasts bright green furniture and modern stainless steel fittings.

The Forest Kitchen is open every day from 10am to 5pm (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day), with light snacks served from 10am to 3pm. There’s a Costa coffee station for those in a hurry and everyone is welcome to pop in for a snack or a drink, both park and non-park visitors.

In the coffee shop you’ll find a tempting range of hot snacks including jacket potatoes, pasties, sausage rolls, pizzas and soups as well as salad platters, rustic baguettes, toasties, sandwiches and paninis, with a choice of tasty fillings.

Try some of our lovely home-baked cakes and mouth-watering cream teas or a delicious New Forest ice-cream. We offer a wide choice of hot and cold drinks, including coffee, hot chocolate, teas, fruit juices, mineral water, fizzy drinks and milkshakes

There are discounted cream teas for pre-booked groups of ten or more people, as well as lunch boxes for children. We serve wheat and gluten free bread and our baked potatoes come with a side salad and selection of delicious fillings.

The Forest Kitchen coffee shop has indoor and outdoor seating and welcomes everyone from park visitors to passers-by, dog walkers and cyclists. Coach parties are also welcome, with free parking available on site.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£12.50 per ticket
Child 3 -16 years£9.50 per ticket
Family (2 adults 2 children or 1 adult 3 children)£38.00 per ticket
Senior (over 60)£11.50 per ticket

Coach parties welcome. Ample free parking. Discounts available for groups, military personnel and disabled guests. Carers go free. Please see website for more details.
*Admission prices effective from the 1st April 2019.

Opening Times

Spring/Summer (1 Mar 2019 - 31 Aug 2019)*
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30*
Autumn/Winter (1 Jan 2020 - 28 Feb 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30*

* Advised last admission is 1.5 hour before closing time.
Open all year except 25 and 26 December.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
Deerleap Lane
Longdown
Southampton
Hants
SO40 4UH
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Call direct on:

Tel02380 292408

TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    649
  • Very Good
    342
  • Average
    114
  • Poor
    47
  • Terrible
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Recent Reviews:

  • tallthinlady2018
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Really nice animal park
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 5th March 2019
    My husband and we have visited several times at different times of year. We always like the enclosures as animals that don’t want to be seen are given enough space to escape the public view. We have... Read full review
  • Janet M
    Lee on the Solent
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    New Forest fun
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 6th March 2019
    Perfect place to see animals close up. The wolves stole the show. The otters were adorable. Great place for children. Read full review
  • Julie M
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Different place for animals
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 13th March 2019
    lovely ,friendly place,with many close up views of birds and animals,large and small. Best time to visit is when its warm so the animals are out.very informative,great for children. Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

We are located 7 kms from Southampton Just off the M271/A35 Southampton to Lyndhurst Road. Follow the brown tourist signs.

Please put our address into your sat nav as using the postcode only may take you on a less direct route.

We are situated off the A35 between Southampton and Lyndhurst.

From the motorway system leave the M27 at Junction 3 onto M271 to Southampton and the Docks. Turn right at the end of the short M271 onto the A35 in the direction of Lyndhurst. Follow A35 for about 1.5 miles and look for brown tourist to New Forest Wildlife Park signs directing left into Deerleap Lane.

From Lyndhurst follow A35 towards Southampton. After Ashurst village turn right into Deerleap Lane following brown tourist signs to New Forest Wildlife Park. Continue past Dairy Farm to New Forest Wildlife Park on the left.

Public Transport Directions

Train

Totton rail station is approx 55 minute walk to New Forest Wildlife Park. There is a taxi rank at station.

Ashurst rail station( approx 2miles) trains from London and Poole arrive at 40mins past the hour in both directions. On arrival at Ashurst there's choice of easy ways to reach us. www.nationalrail.co.uk  Taxi - for an easy life from Ashurst a taxi costs approx £7 to £8. Book a taxi on 023 8029 3399 or contact us for more assistance.

Bus

The Bluestar 6 bus runs between Southampton and Lymington stopping at Ashurst - hourly Monday to Saturday and 2 hourly on Sunday. www.bluestar.co.uk

Bus and train travel - walk from Ashurst

Blue Star No 6. Exit train station cross A35 to No 6 the bus stop. Take No 6 to the next stop on the A35 get off at the small supermarket and stay on this road. Walk until you come to brown signs directing you right into Deerleap Lane. Deerleap Lane is a country lane without pavements.

New Forest Tour Bus - 2019

Hop on the New Forest Tour to the New Forest Wildlife Park this summer. The open top’s Red Route runs a circular, hourly, seven days a week route to the Wildlife Park from  July 8th 2019 to  September 8th 2019. You can catch it from Ashurst, Lyndhurst, Burley, Ringwood or Fordingbridge or link up via the blue or green routes from Brockenhurst, Lymington, Hythe and New Milton. Book online for 10% off your Tour ticket at www.thenewforesttour.info

Please note the last bus of the day from NFWP is 16.49pm.

Show your valid New Forest Tour bus ticket for a 20% discount off entry to New Forest Wildlife Park.

Cycle

We are lucky enough to be next to the Forest cycle network.

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