Port Lympne is an award winning wild animal park located in Kent

Port Lympne is an award winning wild animal park located in Kent

You’ll experience amazing WILD animals from around the world and enjoy an authentic African safari experience in over 600 acres of Kentish countryside.

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With your visit this October half term, you can ‘double your fun’ and visit Howletts Wild Animal Park, our sister park near Canterbury, for only £5! You will be issued with your £5 entry voucher for Howletts on arrival at Port Lympne Reserve.
Book your tickets online here for fast track entry!

T&C’s apply. Offer valid 17th October to 1st November 2015. Valid only with full paid adult and child tickets. Visit to second park must be made by 1st November 2015.

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Visit Ambam

Visit Ambam

In 2010, Ambam shot to international stardom after a short YouTube film showed him walking upright very much like a human. Our parks house the world’s largest collection of critically endangered western lowland gorillas. Don’t miss feeding time at 12pm and 3pm daily!

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About Port Lympne Reserve

Home to the UK's original and authentic African Experience safari, Port Lympne Reserve offers a unique family adventure like no other! Set in over 600 acres, you will be transported to the plains of Africa on the African Experience safari, then explore our four on foot zones: Basecamp, Discovery Zone, Carnivore Territory and the Primate Trail.


Meet our animals

Steel your nerves as you enter carnivore territory, which includes lions, tigers and cheetah. Follow our Primate Trail not forgetting to visit the rhino and tapir on the way. Then get up close to our gorillas at the world's largest gorillarium: ‘The Palace of the Apes'.


Authentic African safari

Jump on our authentic African safari trucks and safari through the stunning Kent countryside and prepare yourself to encounter free roaming herds of Africa’s most iconic wildlife in the African Experience. You will be amazed at how close you get to the animals!


Discover and do

Immerse yourself in our Discovery Zone and feel like you're in the jungle habitat of the fascinating creatures that live there. You will come face to face with lizards, marmosets and many more in this open, walk-through exhibit. Then take time to visit Conservation In Action to learn all about our overseas projects and how you can help.


Refresh and relax

Refresh and rejuvenate yourself at the many cafes within the park or book lunch at the Port Lympne Hotel Restaurant. You can relax after the first leg of your safari expedition whilst enjoying breath-taking views over our African watering hole. Or fill up on the go at many of the food stalls within the park.



Relax a little whilst the kids use up excess energy by climbing, swinging and jumping around our fantastic play areas at Basecamp, the African Experience stop and Carnivore Territory.

Christmas Gifts


Buy unique gifts for the animal lover in your life this Christmas. You'll find a wide range of gifts, accessories, fine art, toys, clothing, gift vouchers and stocking fillers in our online shop.

Don't forget that entry to our gatehouse gift shops is free if you just want to pop in for Christmas shopping!

Laapa Dinners


Enjoy a dining experience with a wild twist at the multi award winning Livingstone Lodge Safari Experience at Port Lympne Reserve. From 31st October, food lovers can experience the exceptionally delicious four course African themed meal on a few selected evenings for £65 per person. Call for more information on 01303 234112 or download the dates and menu here

Animal Talks

Animal Talks

Every 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.
Port Lympne Park Map

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

Single Visit Admission

Booking tickets online is the fastest and simplest way to start your adventure - plus you'll receive fast track entry!

Single visit £20.95
Single visit £16.95

Concession tickets are available to purchase on arrival at the park.  

Passport - Visit All Year Long

Our parks are packed full of fun and interesting things to do. So much, that one day is rarely enough.

Passport (1 park) £30.95
Gold card (both parks) £47.95
Passport (1 park) £26.95
Gold card (both parks) £37.95

Get your Passport
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.

A cut above the rest
Love our parks but can’t decide which annual pass to buy? Choose the Gold Card and enjoy unlimited FREE entry to both our award winning parks. Save £££’s with a one off payment and enjoy a whole heap of benefits! Already a Gold Card holder? You can renew online here.

Opening Times

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.

By Car

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.

Download Access Guide

Feeding Times

Feeding Times

Most of our animals have varied feeding schedules to replicate how they would naturally feed in the wild so you may be lucky and see them at feeding time. The gorillas, however, are fed daily at 12pm and 3pm*. So plan your visit to see the family group at the Palace of the Apes, and the bachelor group near the rhinos enjoying their dinner!

* Subject to change at keepers' discretion

  • 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 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. 

Animal Encounters
From £40

Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters at Port Lympne 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.

VIP Safaris
From £65

Laapa Dinners

Enjoy a dining experience with a wild twist at the multi award winning Livingstone Lodge Safari Experience at Port Lympne Reserve.   Food lovers can experience the exceptionally delicious four course African themed meal on a few selected evenings.

Photography Course
From £150

Photography Course

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.

Dusk Safari
From £40

Dusk Safari

Head out into the wilds of the African Experience and watch the beautiful sunset as the animals prepare for nightfall and after your dusk safari enjoy an African inspired buffet meal.

Keeper Academy
From £145

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.

VIP Safaris
From £150

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.

Customer reviews powered by TripAdvisor

  • “Best Day Out Ever!”


    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...

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  • “Good Day Out”


    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...

    4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5