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.

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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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NEW! Lowest price wildlife park in Kent to see exotic and endangered animals

NEW! Lowest price wildlife park in Kent to see exotic and endangered animals

Enjoy the wilder side of Kent with a visit to Howletts for the cheapest day entry prices around to see exotic, endangered species! We’ve slashed our day ticket prices to just £15.95 for an adult and £12.95 for a child, so now you can get real close to real animals whilst enjoying a great day out for a great price!

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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 anywhere else 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!


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.

Summer Events


Come along to Howletts this summer holiday as we celebrate our Animal Athletes and take part in a host of free activities and games with a sporting theme. You can win prizes when you take part in our Animal Athlete Trail and our themed competitions plus join our Education Presenters for fun and fact packed talks every day! Each week we’ll be highlighting our different amazing animal athletes and challenging you to compete with their mighty skills!
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Members Day


Join us for our fun filled Members’ Day on Sunday 18th September 2016. Every member will enjoy a 10% discount in our catering outlets plus a 20% discount on any retail purchases throughout the day – we’ll even be giving every 250th member through the gate a year’s free renewal! Join our Education Presenters for lots of free, fact packed talks, activities and exciting enrichment workshops!

Baby Gorilla


Keepers at Howletts Wild Animal Park are celebrating the birth of a critically endangered baby western lowland gorilla. Born on 25th April 2016 to parents Sanki and Djanghou, the little infant is being closely protected by her mother and can be seen at the Old Gorilla enclosure.
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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.

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

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


Concession tickets are available to purchase at the Gatehouse on entry.

Single visit £16.95
Child (3-15yrs)*
Single visit £13.95
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)*
Single visit £54.95

*Under 3yrs go FREE



Online Price


Booking tickets online is the fastest and simplest way to start your adventure.  Online tickets are available until midnight the day before your visit. 

Single visit £15.95
Child (3-15yrs)*
Single visit £12.95
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)*
Single visit £51.95

*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 (25 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.

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.

Road Closure
From Monday 27th June to Monday 25th July please be aware that there will be further essential and unavoidable road closures on Bekesbourne Lane for drainage and flood defence work. This will affect visitors arriving to the park from the A2 direction. A diversion has been put in place by KCC Highways via Canterbury. We advise all visitors to access Howletts using the A257 via Littlebourne.

Please note the complimentary minibus from Bekesbourne Station to Howletts will not be available from Monday 11th to Monday 25th July.

Changing information for these dates will depend on KCC Highways and adverse weather affecting their schedule. Please be aware that our staff are not responsible for the road works and will do their utmost to help if the diversion routes are unclear on the day of your visit and you need to call for assistance on 01227 721286. Please note the lines may be busy due to a high volume of calls.

Further information: For the first 2 weeks the road will be closed between Patrixbourne Roundabout (bottom of Biffrons Hill) to School Lane (the crossroads beside Bekesbourne Train Station) and thereafter will be under temporary traffic light control. When the traffic lights are in place, a second road closure will start on Bekesbourne Lane between Howletts Gate 1 and Gate 2 (staff entrances) so access will be via the A257 and Littlebourne only. If you approach Howletts through the traffic lights, you will be diverted through Bekesbourne Hill and back towards the park through Littlebourne. Please expect delays to your journey and we strongly advise visitors to follow the diversion through Canterbury or Wingham and avoid Bekesbourne Lane until the work is completed around Monday 25th July. We apologise for the inconvenience.

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 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.


Membership Adult £44.00
Membership Child £36.00
Membership Adult Concession £40.00
Membership Child Concession £32.00
Dual Park Membership Adult £62.50
Dual Park Membership Child £52.50


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.

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.

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.

  • 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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    I visited yesterday for a day out with my Mum and was very pleasantly surprised with the park. Given that it is not very expensive, we weren't sure how much there would be to see but we were there for around five hours, so there was obviously plenty! We found it to be very good value. We may have just been lucky, but a lot of the animals were very active whilst we were there - more so than other parks I have been to - and we got to see some animals we'd not seen before. I found all the information regarding the Foundation's conservation work very interesting as well. Overall, I would highly recommend Howletts for a day out - will definitely be back in the future!

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    This is a great day out for all the family, plenty of animals to see and they are kept in first class conditions. Plenty of seating to have a rest or to just enjoy your surroundings. The annual ticket is very good value and allows you to go back as many times as you wish without further entry fee in that year. Howletts also do wonderful conservation work, returning endagered species to the wild when possible. A place for young and old and all ages in between.

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