Over 50 species and 400 animals are waiting to meet you! Meet some visitor favourites below:
Animal TalksJoin 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.
Plan Your Visit
Single Visit Admission
Booking tickets online is the fastest and simplest way to start your adventure. Online tickets are available until midnight the day before your visit.
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
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.
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.
From Monday 27th June to Friday 22nd 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. Please see the attached maps for the diversion that is being 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 Friday 15th 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 Friday 22nd 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 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.
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!
PricesMembership 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
Benefits10% 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!
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.
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"LOVELY DAY OUT"Reviewed
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!
"A GREAT DAY OUT"Reviewed
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.