About 40 minutes from park
Thompson's Ln, Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1JHVisit Website
Set across 140 acres of beautiful South Downs countryside, Marwell Zoo is your gateway to the wonders of the animal kingdom. Home to exotic species from just about every corner of the globe, from lemurs to leopards and gibbons to giraffes, it’s an experience that will wow children and adults alike. The zoo puts great emphasis on its conservation efforts and is owned by a world-renowned animal charity Marwell Wildlife. With a donation to this organisation included in every ticket sale, you’ll be giving something back to nature when you plan your visit.
You can get up close with more than 75 different species on your visit, but some of the most fascinating animals at Marwell Zoo include:
While you can enjoy talks and feeding times each day, there are a selection of special events at Marwell Zoo that run throughout the year. For more information about what’s on when you visit Marwell Zoo, check the official website.
Marwell Zoo sits at the western fringes of the South Downs National Park, close to the village of Colden Common. The nearest city is Winchester, which is only around 7 kilometers away as the crow flies. This puts the zoo a short distance from the M3, which runs between Southampton and London, and you’ll want to exit at junction 11 if you’re arriving this way. The M27 also provides fast access if you’re coming up from Portsmouth. Those travelling by train can use either Southampton Airport Parkway, Eastleigh or Winchester rail stations, and a taxi can take you to the zoo from each in under 20 minutes. There’s also the option of the M1 bus service between Eastleigh and Marwell Zoo, while in Winchester you can catch the Stagecoach 69 service.
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