About 27 minutes from park
Lyndhurst, SO43 7GRVisit Website
The spectacular New Forest is home to many incredible creatures, not least one of the most diverse reptile populations of anywhere in the British Isles. While the team go about their conservation work, you’re welcome to call by and spot these fascinating species in their specially designed and spacious enclosures. This reptile centre in Lyndhurst was founded in 1974 by Derek Thompson, a local holiday cottage owner with a passion for conservation. In cooperation with the nearby Marwell Zoo, the centre has helped to reintroduce reptile species to the New Forest that had previously become extinct here.
The New Forest Reptile Centre is home to every single lizard, snake, frog and toad species that are native to the British Isles. That means you can expect to see creatures such as:
At the centre, you’ll also find picnic areas where you can stop for some lunch, along with some walking and biking trails in the surrounding countryside. Why not see if you can spot some of these species in their natural habitat?
The New Forest Reptile centre is closest to Lyndhurst, just along the A35 Bournemouth Road from the centre of village. If you’re travelling in from towards Southampton, you’ll want to exit at junction 1 of the M27 and head down the A337 Lyndhurst Road. If you’re coming from the Bournemouth area, join the A35 in Christchurch and follow it from there. As for buses, there are no services that stop within the vicinity of the Reptile Centre. However, the Bluestar 6 and number 35 services stop in Lyndhurst, with a 40 minute walk or 5 minute drive to the centre from there. The nearest train station is Brockenhurst station, which is 11 minutes from the Reptile Centre by taxi.
Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big