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.

May Half Term

MAY: Half Term

Experience the Real Deal this May Half Term and enjoy an elephant themed week you’ll never forget! Join our Education Presenters, from Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June 2016 to discover more about Kent’s only elephants and the largest herd of African elephants in the UK! With free fact packed animal talks and feeds daily, plus tons of free activities, games and crafts including the chance to win a Howletts goody bag, May half term is set to be mammoth!
Buy your tickets online to start your adventure now!

Passport Day

Passport Holders Day

Howletts Passport Holders can join us on Sunday 12th June for a day packed with talks, exclusive tours, discounts and MORE! This will be our last ever Passport Holders Day so make sure you arrive early as some activities have limited availability.



To celebrate Father’s Day this year, all Dads visiting Howletts Wild Animal Park on Sunday 19th June 2016 will enjoy FREE entry to the parks! Bring your Dad to visit Kent’s award winning wild animal park and see if you can spot our adorable new arrivals and their animal Dads as you enjoy a wild day out. Come and see our lovely baby gorilla and her impressive silverback Dad, Djanghou. This offer is only valid for day entry tickets purchased at the Gatehouse on Sunday 19th June 2016 and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or concession. See full terms and conditions.

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!



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


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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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. 

Single visit £15.95
Child (3-15yrs)*
Single visit £12.95




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 £51.95.  Based on 2 adults and 2 children, you’ll save pounds off the single visit entry price. 

*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.

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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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.

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  • Green Tourism Award
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  • 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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    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 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