Lowest Price Wildlife Park in Kent to See Exotic and Endangered Animals!

Lowest Price Wildlife Park in Kent to See Exotic and Endangered Animals!

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.

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!

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.

 
Buy Online & Save!

Buy Online & Save!

Save 10% off standard day entry prices when you buy tickets online! See conservation in action in 90 acres of ancient parkland. With more than 45 species and over 400 animals you’ll experience a great day out for a great price!

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Ready for a #WildWinter?

Ready for a #WildWinter?

Discover tons of amazing top tips, secrets, and offers during the winter season at both Port Lympne and Howletts!

 
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About Howletts

Kent’s most successful animal park offers a unique adventure like no other! With over 400 animals, including Kent’s only giant anteaters, baby rhino and baby elephants, you can also see more gorillas, tigers, leopards and monkeys than any zoo in the County and walk with lemurs in their natural leafy enclosure, as the playful primates explore the branches overhead. Plus you can take a turn on the Treetop Challenge or Animal Adventure Challenge! It’s a fun packed, wild day out for a great price!

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!
Please note the Coffee House will be closed 16th-20th January. The Pavilion Restaurant will be open as usual. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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.

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Book Online and Save!

Booking tickets online is the simplest way to start your adventure and you'll even save money on your adult and child single visit tickets! Online tickets are available until midnight the day before your visit.

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Snow Leopard Weekend

JANUARY: Snow Leopard Weekend

Give winter the cold shoulder this January when you visit Howletts for wild winter days out this January! Warm up as you discover the largest herd of African elephants in the UK and see more primates, big cats and gorillas than anywhere else in Kent, explore with your friends and family to spot our lovely new arrivals, including our baby rhinos, baby gorilla and baby monkeys. Plus, on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January, join our Education Presenters as they dedicate the entire weekend to our beautiful snow leopards. You’ll discover tons of fascinating facts when you join the free talks and you’ll be able to test your skills when you take part in the Leopard Leap competition!

Half Term Fun

FEBRUARY: Half Term

Explore a world of conservation this February half term at Howletts Wild Animal Park. Discover the largest herd of African elephants in the UK, see more gorillas, tigers, monkeys and leopards than any other park in Kent. Walk with lemurs as the playful primates explore the branches above and around you and test your skills when you try out the exciting Treetop Challenge or Animal Adventure Challenge! Plus, see how many of our adorable new arrivals you can spot, including our baby rhinos and join our Education Presenters for free animal talks and feeds, crafts, activities and competitions!

Animal Talks

Animal Talks

Join our education team for FREE 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

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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

 

Concession tickets are available to purchase at the Gatehouse on entry.  Please note the Coffee House will be closed 16th-20th January.  The Pavilion Restaurant will be open as usual.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

Adult
Single visit £18.95
Child (3-15yrs)*
Single visit £15.95
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)*
Single visit £62.95



*Under 3yrs go FREE.

 

 

 

Online Price

 

Booking tickets online is the fastest and simplest way to start your adventure.  Save 10% when you book your adult and child single visit tickets online!  Online tickets are available until midnight the day before your visit. Discount does not apply to family tickets. 

Adult
Single visit £17.23
Child (3-15yrs)*
Single visit £14.50
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)*
Single visit £62.95



*Under 3yrs go FREE

 

Opening Times

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

Summer (27 March - 29 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 (30 October - 26 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.

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 are available for hire from the Gatehouse.
  • 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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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 park 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 Members. Already a Member? You can renew online here.

Prices

Membership Adult £48.00
Membership Child £40.00
Membership Adult Concession £44.00
Membership Child Concession £36.00
Dual Park Membership Adult £70.00
Dual Park Membership Child £60.00

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!

£7.50 per person.
Click here for our party rates and more information or call 01227 721 286

Please note that The Treetop Challenge and Animal Adventure Challenge are closed for maintenance and will reopen on Saturday 4th February 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Animal Adventure Challenge

Animal Adventure Challenge

For young adventurers (aged 2-5 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.

Please note that The Treetop Challenge and Animal Adventure Challenge are closed for maintenance and will reopen on Saturday 4th February 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  • 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 £175

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 £75

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 £7.50

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 flops, crocs or open sandals.  

Photography Days
From £185

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 £156

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 GREAT FAMILY DAY"

    Reviewed

    A great family day. You will need a day to get around this large zoo. It's vast with lots of attractions for the children and adults too. Highly recommended.

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  • "A VERY SPECIAL DAY OUT"

    Reviewed

    We visited Howletts today thinking that we were going to an ordinary zoo. Howletts is certainly not ordinary!! What a great day we had. We spent 7 hours there and revisited many of the animals several times. Enclosures were very open and we felt able to interact with the animals without becoming too close to them. The gorilla enclosures were exceptional- how can you not love these creatures? Also the elephant and rhino enclosures were excellent. The staff and catering were also excellent. I would certainly recommend Howletts - go early and stay late - take time and you will see all the animals

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