Kick start your adventure!
Before you set off on your expedition at Howletts, you’re going to need to know how to get around. Download the map of our park and discover all the things you can see and doDownload Park Map
Plan Your Visit
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Our parks are packed full of fun and interesting things to do. So much, that one day is rarely enough.
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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.
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The park has different opening hours depending on the season. We are open every day except Christmas Day.
Summer (29 March - 27 October)
We're open from 9:30am to 6:00pm. The last admission is 4.30pm.
Winter (28 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 on week days. Please note the minibus is unavailable this weekend, Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th June 2015 due to essential maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience.
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.
There over 50 species and 400 animals to see at Howletts. Meet some of our favourites below:
Animal TalksJoin 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.
Enhance your experience
If you want to make your visit to Port Lympne 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.
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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!
"GREAT PLACE TO GET CLOSE TO ANIMALS"Reviewed
Great place with plenty of opportunities to get close to animals. Well laid out. Very friendly and informative staff. Annual passport a great idea and great value. Conservation work being done is fantastic. A great day out.