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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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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Discover Dinosaurs

This Easter, something huge is hatching at Port Lympne Reserve!

Step into a Jurassic world as the largest collection of life size dinosaurs in Europe hatches at Kent’s biggest wild animal park from Friday 25th March! Marvel at the tremendous T- Rex, stare at the Stegosaurus, feel the terror of the Pterodactyl and delight at the sheer size of the diplodocus! Anatomically correct and totally authentic, you’ll be amazed and entertained by our dedicated presenters, telling stories from the time the dinosaurs walked the earth, whilst you become palaeontologists and dig for your very own fossils or even create your own dinosaur to take home. Find out more here.

Bears are Coming!

Lions, tigers and Bears! Oh my!

We're delighted to announce that preparations are underway to welcome Kent’s first pair of spectacled bears! They are native to South America and are the species thought to have inspired the stories of children’s favourite – Paddington Bear. The Bears, a male and female are expected to move into their new home in time for Spring. Find out more here.

 
About

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 - all included in the price of your entry ticket!

Animals

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'.

Safari

Authentic African safari

Jump on our authentic African safari trucks and journey 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

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

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.

Playtime

Playtime

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.

 
Half Term

FEBRUARY: HALF TERM

You're guaranteed a February half term filled with super, natural delights when you take part in activities, animal birthday celebrations, crafts and more. See the full itinerary here. Enjoy free and fact packed animal talks and feeds, with an emphasis on nature’s super heroes taking place every day from Saturday 13th February to Sunday 21st February. On Sunday 14th February, fall in love with Valentino, the male Rothschild giraffe as you journey out to The African Experience, and help keepers celebrate his birthday. Don't miss out, book online today and save 5%!

Valentine's Dinner

VALENTINE'S DINNER

Diners looking for a romantic evening to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year can enjoy a five course dinner at the Port Lympne Hotel, available on 12th, 13th or 14th February 2016. Priced at £65.00 per person, including a beautiful rose and a glass of bubbles on arrival.
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Mother's Day Dinner

MOTHER'S DAY DINNER

Show your Mum how much you care, by treating her to a two or three course lunch or even a champagne afternoon tea at the historic Port Lympne Hotel on 6th March. prices for lunch start at £19.95 for two courses or £24.95 for three courses. Champagne afternoon teas are priced at £23.00 per person.
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GIFTS

GIFTS

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

Tiger Toddle

Tiger Toddle

The Tiger Toddle on 9th June is an all new event for 2016 which will see carers and toddlers taking to the walkways of Port Lympne Reserve. The Toddle will take place 10am at the Pinewood Café located within Port Lympne Reserve. This Toddle takes you along past our group of wolves and hunting dogs, before heading down past our lion enclosure and back up past our tigers.
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Port Lympne Challenge

Port Lympne Challenge

The Port Lympne Challenge on 18th June is an all new event for 2016 which will see runners taking to the Grasslands and walkways of Port Lympne Reserve. The run takes place before the Reserve opens to the public and you will experience the sights and sounds of the Reserve waking up for the day. This all new 3.6km route takes you around the Grasslands adjacent to our car park before you enter Port Lympne Reserve itself.
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Safari Dining

FEBRUARY: Laapa Dinners

Enjoy a dining experience with a wild twist at the multi award winning Livingstone Lodge Safari Experience at Port Lympne Reserve. Embark on an exciting evening safari to the Laapa Restaurant and enjoy spectacular night time views of the Kent coast while five delicious, mouth watering, all you can eat courses are cooked on the open fire pit. Find out more.

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.

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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!

Adult
Single visit £22.00
Child
Single visit £18.00
 

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

 

Family Ticket

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.  

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.

Accessibility

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.

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Join us!

Join us!

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 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 Passport holders. Already a Member? You can renew online here.

Benefits

10% 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!
 
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 £50

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.

Guided Tours
From £35

Guided Tours

Make your day extra special with a guided walking tour of the park with one of our expert guides, which can be tailored to your family or group's requirements.

Photography Course
From £195

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 £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.

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.

Customer reviews powered by TripAdvisor

  • “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...

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  • “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...

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