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 and largest collection of great apes in Kent. 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!

Habitat

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.

Playtime

Playtime

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

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!

Conservation

Conservation

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.

FEBRUARY Half Term

FEBRUARY: HALF TERM

You're guaranteed the real deal this February half term, from Saturday 13th to Sunday 21st February 2016, with a host of free activities and animal talks taking place every day. See the full itinerary here. February half term will also see the first ever Kids Club, where young adventurers can experience real fun with tiger themed activities including an exciting tiger trail to win prizes and the chance to create their own animal art. Don't miss out, book online today and save 5%!

GIFTS

GIFTS

Buy unique gifts for the animal lover in your life. You'll find a wide range of gifts, accessories, fine art, toys, clothing, and gift vouchers in our online shop.

Baby Rhino

40th BIRTHDAY PRESENT!

Keepers and staff at Howletts Wild Animal Park recently celebrated the first baby rhino to be born in the park’s 40 year history. The calf, Kasungu, born on 1st October can be seen with his mother, Damara in their paddock.
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Dirty Dozen

Dirty Dozen Races

The Aspinall Foundation has started a new partnership to bring to you the exciting and challenging Dirty Dozen Races. Dirty Dozen Races is known for being the home of big obstacles but that’s just a small part of who they are.
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Skydive

Skydive

On Saturday 11th June 2016, Skyline, alongside The Aspinall Foundation will be attempting to smash all previous records for skydiving. The aim is to complete the most tandem jumps in England in 24 hours… and we need your help!
Find out more.

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. 


Adult
Single visit £22.00
Child
Single visit £18.00

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

 

FAMILY TICKET

Introducing our new family ticket for 2016!

Enjoy your next family day out even more when you take advantage of our brand new family ticket priced at £72.00.  Based on 2 adults and 2 children, you’ll save pounds off the single visit entry price. 

 

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.

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

 

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.

From 1st February 2016 Bekesbourne Lane will be closed for Network Rail to carry out maintenance work to the railway bridge.  Howletts will be open as normal and diversions are in place.  Unfortunately, due to the road closure, we will not be able to offer the Howletts complimentary shuttle bus service from Bekesbourne station to the park.  We advise our visitors to check their routes before travelling to see us. We've suggested some alternative routes that may help you plan your travel:

From London A2

From Dover A2

​From Port Lympne Reserve

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.

Accessibility

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.

Download Access Guide

Annual Membership

Choose our new annual park membership ticket and enjoy unlimited entry for a year, plus exclusive benefits just for you.

You’ll get 10% off in our restaurants and cafes all year round, behind the scenes adventures on selected dates throughout the year and special members only fact packed talks, a free glossy guide book to your favourite park and a quarterly news letter so that you can keep up to date with all the latest park news.

If you can’t decide which park membership to choose from, pick the dual membership and enjoy all of the benefits plus unlimited entry to both Howletts and Port Lympne all year round!

Get Your Annual Membership
Book your annual membership online today and enjoy exclusive benefits, just for Passport holders. Already a Member? You can renew online here.

Benefits

10% off catering all year round
Enjoy 10% off in our catering outlets all year round with your exclusive membership discount. Treat yourself to drinks and a fresh pastry or filling sandwich at the Coffee House Cafe, or have a hot meal at the Pavilion cafe *Excluding ice creams and confectionary.

Quarterly Newsletter
Keep up to date with all the latest news from Howletts, including behind the scenes sneak peeks and keeper interviews. Packed with fun facts and pictures it’s bound to make your inbox brighter!

Guide Book
You’ll automatically receive one of our beautiful park guide books per household. Each book is filled with stunning images and fascinating facts about the animals at Howletts.

Howlectures
At various times throughout the year, you’ll be invited to attend our free, fascinating Howlectures. Find out more about our overseas projects, how we help save endangered species here at Howletts and abroad and meet some of our team who work out in the field.

Member Only Events
Go behind the scenes, enjoy fact packed animal talks and feeds at various times, plus enjoy additional discounts in our retail outlets and get involved with free activities.

Retail Discount Events
Throughout the year we’ll be holding special events where you can enjoy exclusive discounts in our retail outlets – perfect for treating yourself or someone special.

Competitions
Take part in our exciting membership competitions to win amazing prizes!
 
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 £250

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 £170

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 £50

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 £195

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 £155

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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  • "AMAZING"

    Reviewed

    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!

    5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
  • "A GREAT DAY OUT"

    Reviewed

    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.

    5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5