Howletts Wild Animal Park, A Unique Adventure...

Howletts Wild Animal Park, A Unique Adventure...

Howletts Wild Animal Park is a 90 acre adventure in beautiful ancient parkland that is ideal for great days out in Kent with the entire family. No gimmicks, no nonsense, Howletts Wild Animal Park is committed to one thing, the conservation, breeding and reintroduction of rare and endangered animals.

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Uk's largest African elephant herd

Uk's largest African elephant herd

No visit to Howletts Wild Animal Park is complete without seeing the largest herd of African elephants in the UK!

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Walking with lemurs

Walking with lemurs

For a close encounter like no other, Howletts Wild Animal Park allows you to walk alongside, and below, our free roaming family of amazingly agile and lively lemurs at Walking With Lemurs.

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About Howletts

Kent’s most successful animal park offers a unique adventure like no other. Get up close and personal with lions, tigers, black rhino and our world famous family of Western lowland gorillas. Plus, walk with lemurs and marvel at the UK’s largest herd of African elephants or even mimic the agile primates as you take a turn on the Treetop Challenge or Animal Adventure Challenge!


Natural Habitats

During your visit you’ll see that we have designed our enclosures with the animals in mind. There’s lots of natural foliage , providing shade, shelter and camouflage and we’ve designed each area as close to the animals’ real habitats as possible.



We’ve also thought of our younger visitors and we know that kids can’t resist a play area! You can relax, whilst the kids explore, play, climb and swing in our dedicated play area, near the Pavilion Restaurant.


Refresh & Relax

You’ll find a variety of cafes and kiosks, including a farm shop as you explore the park. For hot meals and lighter snacks, try the Pavilion Restaurant at the centre of the park and look out for tempting daily specials!



Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks are different from conventional zoos with our focus on endangered species, successful breeding programmes, highly specialist feeding routines and dedicated veterinary team at the parks.

Half Term Fun


Visit us this half term and be one of the first to see our adorable new arrival – a baby black rhino! Enjoy a host of free activities, games and talks plus on Halloween, take part in Pumpkin carving and a fancy dress competition to win fantastic prizes!
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Special Offer


With your visit this October half term, you can ‘double your fun’ and visit Port Lympne Reserve, our sister park near Ashford, for only £5! You will be issued with your £5 entry voucher for Port Lympne Reserve on arrival at Howletts.
Book your tickets online here for fast track entry!

T&C’s apply. Offer valid 24th October to 1st November 2015. Valid only with full paid adult and child tickets. Visit to second park must be made by 1st November 2015.

Santa's Grotto


Meet Santa in his enchanted grotto on selected dates throughout November and December. Entry to the grotto is £6 per child, including a special gift and free admission into the grotto for accompanying adults. A valid Passport or Howletts day entry ticket is also required. Souvenir photographs can be purchased for only £5.
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New Bull Elephant Arrives


Fifteen year old Coco has just arrived with us at Howletts and he’s already proving to be popular with the herd and our visitors. He travelled from Spain as part of an international breeding programme which saw Howletts' resident male elephant – Jums, travelling to a new home in Spain. keepers have high hopes that Coco will be a hit with the female herd, enabling us to continue our impressive breeding record with African elephants.
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Animal Talks

Animal Talks

Join our education team for fun and lively animal talks around the park every day. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about our animals, from what our gorillas enjoy for breakfast to what we are doing to save them and their wild cousins in our Back to the Wild projects. Look for the boards around the park to find out when and where the talks will be.
Howletts Park Map

Kick start your adventure!

Download this handy map of Howletts before you visit, to help plan your day and make sure you don’t miss a thing!

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Plan Your Visit

Single Visit Admission

Booking tickets online is the fastest and simplest way to start your adventure - plus you'll receive fast track entry!

Single visit £20.95
Single visit £16.95

Concession tickets are available to purchase on arrival at the park.


Passport - Visit All Year Long

Our parks are packed full of fun and interesting things to do. So much, that one day is rarely enough.

Passport (1 park) £30.95
Gold card (both parks) £47.95
Passport (1 park) £26.95
Gold card (both parks) £37.95

Get your Passport
It's the cheapest wild animal park annual pass in Kent! Book your annual membership to a world of conservation, online today and enjoy exclusive benefits, just for Passport holders. Already a Passport holder? You can renew online here.

A cut above the rest
Love our parks but can’t decide which annual pass to buy? Choose the Gold Card and enjoy unlimited FREE entry to both our award winning parks. Save £££’s with a one off payment and enjoy a whole heap of benefits! Already a Gold Card holder? You can renew online here.

Opening Times

The park has different opening hours depending on the season. We are open every day except Christmas Day.

Summer (29 March - 24 October)

We're open from 9:30am to 6:00pm. The last admission is 4.30pm.

Please note there may be some minor disruption to visitor access around the elephant yards on Monday 28th September because we are transporting an elephant to another collection as part of an international breeding programme. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Winter (25 October - 28 March)

We're open from 9:30am to 5pm. The last admission is 3:30pm.

On Christmas Eve we're open from 9:30am to 2pm. The last admission is 12:30pm.

How to find us

Howletts Wild Animal Park is located in Bekesbourne, Kent in the South East of England, just three miles south of Canterbury. Easy to find by car or by public transport come and visit us today. Howletts is within approximately one and a half hours’ drive of most locations in Surrey, Sussex and Essex, and is within easy reach of London.

By public Transport

Howletts wild animal park is a 90 minute train journey from Victoria station in London which travels directly to Bekesbourne station.  A minibus service is provided from the station to Howletts Wild Animal Park between 10am - 4pm on weekends.  Please call us on 01227 721286 to check availability. 

By Car

If you are travelling by car Howletts wild animal park is in the southeast corner of Kent and lies just off the A2 past Canterbury. It is also a short distance from Folkestone and the southern coast of England..

If you are travelling via car and prefer to use a Sat Nav please use Post code CT4 5EL.

Alternatively, enter your postcode in the box below to receive personalised directions to the park.


We have endeavoured to ensure we can consistently deliver an inclusive environment for our visitors, providing an experience that can be used by everyone, regardless of age, gender or disability. Throughout the development of the park we have sought ways to break down any unnecessary physical barriers and continue to listen to the needs of our customers.

  • The terrain is generally flat tarmac paths with a few gentle slopes.
  • There is a slight slope into the gatehouse at the entrance to the park.
  • Designated disabled parking is located next to the gatehouse and entrance to the park on a concrete surface.
  • The majority of the park is accessible via ramped or level access.
  • Wheelchairs and pushchairs are available for hire throughout the park.
  • Disabled toilets and baby changing facilities are available throughout the park
  • Assistance dogs are not permitted in the park.

For more in depth accessibility information, we recommend you download our access guide.

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The Aspinall Foundation is a charity

The Aspinall Foundation is a charity. We need your support to help us continue to protect rare and endangered species.

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Treetop Challenge

Treetop Challenge

If you like adventure and a challenge, Howletts has an extra surprise in store. On site is our Treetop Challenge – this exhilarating high ropes course, for explorers over 1.2metres tall, will show you the park from a monkey’s perspective!
Sixteen challenging obstacles, set high in the treeline, containing balance beams, tyre curtains, swinging logs, wacky log bridges, cross ropes, cargo nets and finishing on a breath taking zip wire which brings you back to the ground!

£7 per person. Click here for our party rates and more information or call 01227 721 286

Animal Adventure Challenge

Animal Adventure Challenge

For young adventurers (aged 2-6 years), we have our Animal Adventure Challenge; a fun course for children featuring slides, a telescope and periscope, children’s zip-line, bird’s nest swing, monkey bars and more! Admission £2.50 per child.

Throughout the half term, Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November, young adventurers can hunt for the ghouls hidden around the course to win a free certificate and Halloween prize! Visit us in the Treetop Challenge Hut for details. Happy Halloween!

  • Produced In Kent
  • Green Tourism Award
  • Visit Canterbury
  • Visit Kent Garden Of England
  • Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction

Enhance your experience

If you want to make your visit to Howletts extra special, we offer a number of VIP experiences. If you'd like to create a memory that will last forever, click on the 'enquire now' buttons below and one of our team will help make it a reality.

Animal Encounters
From £220

Keeper Day

Our amazing Keeper for a Day Experience gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Howletts' most popular animals and also offers a unique insight into the day-to-day life of our keepers.

VIP Safaris
From £150

Junior Ranger

This amazing full day experience offers budding Animal Keepers a very real opportunity to get behind the scenes at Port Lympne or Howletts by having a guided VIP tour of the park with an Education Animal specialist.

Animal Encounters
From £40

Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters at Howletts offer the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most rare and endangered animals on the planet, from western lowland gorillas to Amur tigers and many more.

Treetop Challenge
From £7

Treetop Challenge

Head up, up and away in our Treetop Challenge. Sixteen challenging obstacles set high up in the tree line, including balance beams, tyre curtains, swinging logs, and finishing on a breath taking zip wire which brings you back to the ground! Challengers must be over 5 years old, over 1.2m tall and weigh less than 18 stone. Please wear appropriate footwear, no flip flogs, crocs or open sandals. 

Photography Days
From £150

Photography Days

We accommodate small groups of photographers per day up to a maximum of 8. Aimed at photographers aged 17 and over, you can improve your wildlife and nature photography, learning handy tips and techniques throughout the day, under the expert guidance of a knowledgeable and successful wildlife photographer.

Keeper Academy
From £135

Keeper Academy

The Keeper Academy offers young people aged between 13 - 17 the chance to become a trainee keeper for a day in a hands-on educational experience.

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    A wonderful experience visiting Howletts animal park. A nice leisurely stroll around this park will show you wonderful endangered animals that the Foundation are trying to save! The Gorillas especially are wonderful to see in their family groups with the Silverback in charge, lording it over the rest. The Elephants also are great to see in their paddock, with the small ones following the older ones, and getting into mischief! A great day out, food, drink and ice creams etc ready available. Buy the passport which lasts a year in order to visit again and again!

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    A great day out for couples or families. Lots of wonderful animals all kept in spacious, well maintained enclosures. Gorilla enclosures and Elephants were my highlights.

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