THERE ARE OVER 88 SPECIES AND 700 ANIMALS TO SEE AT PORT LYMPNE. MEET SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES BELOW:
Animal TalksEvery day our education team share their knowledge with you through various animal talks. The programme is updated daily, ensuring that you will hear a varied range of facts and stories about many different species during your visits. You can find out when and where the daily talks will be by looking at the boards in each zone.
Kick start your adventure!
Before you set off on your expedition at Port Lympne, 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 do.Download Park Map
Plan 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 £72.00. Based on 2 adults and 2 children, you’ll save pounds off the single visit entry price.
The park has different opening hours depending on the season. We are open every day except Christmas Day.
Summer (29 March - 24 October)
We're open from 9:30am to 6:30pm. The last admission is 3pm.
Winter (25 October - 28 March)
We're open from 9:30am to 5pm. The last admission is 2:30pm.
On Christmas Eve we're open from 9:30am to 2pm. The last admission is 12:30pm.
How to find us
Port Lympne Reserve is located in the South East of England in Kent, and is within easy reach of the home counties of London, Surrey, Sussex, and Essex. You can reach us by road, rail and bus. Unlike many attractions, Port Lympne Reserve is open all year, including Bank Holidays, with the sole exception of Christmas Day.
By Public Transport
Port Lympne Reserve is approximately a 1 hour and 20 minute train journey from Charing Cross or Victoria railway station in London, or approximately 40 minutes from St Pancras International, London, on the high speed service (Please see Southeastern website for details). Take the train to Ashford International station, and from here take a bus journey from the domestic station side. The Stagecoach East Kent number 10 bus runs between Ashford and Folkestone via the reserve. For bus times please call 0871 2002233 If you prefer to travel to us by Coach, find your nearest service to Ashford International before connecting with the Stagecoach bus service.
If you are travelling by road Port Lympne Reserve lies on the B2067, and is just past Ashford, Kent, 5 minutes from J11 of the M20. It is a short distance from Canterbury, Folkestone and the southeast coast of England.
If you are travelling via car and prefer to use a Sat Nav please use Post code CT21 4LR.
If you are attending an event at Port Lympne Mansion, Port Lympne Hotel, Livingstone Lodge, Pinewood or Treetop Hotel please use CT21 4PD to direct you to the Orchard Car Park within the Port Lympne Reserve.
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 reserve we have sought ways to break down any unnecessary physical barriers and continue to listen to the needs of our customers.
- The park is a combination of hilly and flat terrain that can sometimes be steep and uneven.
- Entrance to the park is via a ramped footbridge
- Designated disabled parking is available at the base of the footbridge on hard standing
- The majority of the park is accessible via ramped or level access
- A number of safari trucks can accommodate a single wheelchair or mobility scooter
- Wheelchairs and mobility scooters will be unable to alight in the african experience zone, but a foldable wheelchair can be carried if the passenger is able to mount the steps to the truck
- Wheelchair users will be unable to access Discovery Zone as it's a listed building and modifications are prohibited
- Wheelcharis 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 membership and enjoy all of the benefits plus unlimited entry to both Howletts and Port Lympne all year round!
Benefits10% off catering all year round Enjoy 10% off in our catering outlets all year round with your exclusive membership discount. Treat yourself to a snack, drink or meal at Pinewood Cafe, Basecamp Cafe, Carnivore Cafe and The African Experience outlet and save money! *Excluding ice creams, confectionary and the Port Lympne Restaurant. Quarterly Newsletter Keep up to date with all the latest news from Port Lympne, including behind the scenes sneak peeks and keeper interviews. Packed with fun facts and pictures it’ll be worth checking your inbox for! Guide Book When you become a member, you’ll automatically receive one of our beautiful park guide books per household. Each book is packed with facts about the animals at Port Lympne and includes stunning images. Member Talks You’ll be invited to attend our free, fascinating talks at Port Lympne. Find out more about our overseas projects, our conservation work both at the park and abroad and meet some of our team who work out in the field. Member Only Events Join us on special days when you’ll enjoy exclusive behind the scenes tours, talks and animal feeds, plus take part in free activities and take advantage of discounts in our retail outlets - just for you! 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 Port Lympne extra special, we offer a number of VIP experiences. Create a memory that will last forever by choosing one of our exciting experiences.
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“Best Day Out Ever!”Reviewed
Wow what a magnificent place to visit We went early and were treated to the tour of the reserve on ex military lorry to see some of the inhabitants up close.Everyone who worked there seemed to go far beyond helpful which added to our enjoyment. Read more...
“Good Day Out”Reviewed
I have been here a few times now with their 'passport ticket' well worth it and today 20 June another great day with my girls. A truck takes you around the park and this time we had Keith as the driver with loads of local knowledge and plenty of good information about the animals which made it a really good trip bouncing about in an ex-army truck. This is a good place to visit young and old and good for a bring along pic-nic whilst on a visit. Read more...