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.

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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Save Online!

Book your day tickets online and save a whopping 10% off standard day entry prices! Experience a wild adventure at Port Lympne to see big cats, small cats, primates and more. Enjoy Kent’s most authentic safaris as you journey to the African and Asian Experiences, see the county’s only spectacled bear pair and explore the land that time forgot in our brand new Dinosaur Forest.

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FREE* Skating

FREE* Open Air Skating

Enjoy FREE SKATING* From 15th Dec – 9 Jan 2017. Show off your skating skills on the open air rink coming to Port Lympne this winter. Open every day except Christmas Day, you can dance and glide to your favourite Christmas songs under the twinkling lights and later, warm up with a hot drink and seasonal snack at Pinewood café. 45 minute skating sessions, start at 11am and finish at 7.15pm. Skating sessions before 2.30pm every day are FREE and included in your entry cost to the Reserve. After last entry time of 2.30pm, skating sessions are priced at £5.00 per person. Mandatory skate hire is priced at £3.00 per person for every session. Penguin skate aids are available on a first come first served basis and are free of charge. Members to Port Lympne, Dual Park or Howletts can also skate for FREE with a mandatory skate hire priced at £3.00 per person. T&Cs apply.

Book your park entry + skating tickets here.

For skating only book here.

Park Members can book their skating tickets here.

Christmas Parties

Christmas Party Nights

Celebrate the 2016 festive season in style at Port Lympne Reserve! Let Port Lympne Hotel's events coordinators take the strain out of arranging your Christmas party this year! Join one of our Christmas Party Nights with dinner and dancing in the Aspinall Suite, or for something really special, book a private Christmas Party at Port Lympne Hotel.
Find out more.

New Year Ball

New Year's Eve Black Tie Ball

Celebrate the New Year in style at Port Lympne Hotel’s Black Tie Ball! Enjoy a champagne reception, followed by a lavish four course dinner in the festive themed Aspinall Suite. After coffee and petit fours, prepare to welcome in the midnight hour and a brand new year with our resident DJ.

The evening is priced at £95.00 per person. For more information e mail us or call 01303 234112

Dine on Safari

Laapa Dinners

Enjoy a dining experience with a wild twist at the multi award winning Livingstone Lodge Safari Experience at Port Lympne Reserve. With the authentic setting at the African themed Laapa, a log burning stove and your 4 course meal cooked on an open fire pit, the experience is sure to satisfy your palette with some of the finest African themed cuisine the UK has to offer!

Available Thursday - Saturday evenings, 3rd November - 23rd December.
Adults £50, Children (11yrs and under) £9.95
Please call 01303 234 112 to book or reserve your table below.

Ready for a #WildWinter?

Ready for a #WildWinter?

Discover tons of amazing top tips, secrets, and offers during the winter season at both Port Lympne and Howletts!

Discover Dinosaurs

Explore the forest that time forgot!

Step into a Jurassic world when you visit Dinosaur Forest, the largest collection of life size dinosaurs in Europe at Kent’s biggest wild animal park - open now! 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! You’ll be amazed and entertained by our Dino Rangers, telling stories from the time the dinosaurs walked the earth, whilst you become palaeontologists and dig for your very own fossils! Find out more here.

Baby Giraffe

Five Feet Tall and Fabulous!

Keepers and staff at Port Lympne Reserve have welcomed a critically endangered female Rothschild giraffe calf - the first to be born at the Reserve for eight years. The calf, born on Tuesday 26th July at around 10:00pm to first time parents, Valentino and Lunar, is still finding her feet, although the plucky youngster has already been spotted, stepping out to explore the outdoor yard of her enclosure. Find out more here.


About Port Lympne Reserve

Home to the UK's original and authentic safari experiences, Port Lympne Reserve offers a unique family adventure like no other zoo! Set in over 600 acres, you will be transported to the plains of Africa and Asia to see animals roaming freely, then explore on foot to see big cats, small cats, primates, gorillas and many more species before discovering the land that time forgot, Dinosaur Forest - all included in the price of your entry ticket!


Meet our animals

Steel your nerves as you enter Carnivore Territory, which includes lions, tigers and cheetahs. Explore Dinosaur Forest and marvel at the mighty prehistoric beasts! Follow our Primate Trail not forgetting to visit the rhino and tapir on the way. Then get up close to our gorillas at ‘The Palace of the Apes'.


Authentic Safari

Jump on our authentic safari trucks and journey through the stunning Kent countryside and prepare yourself to encounter free roaming herds of Africa and Asia’s most iconic wildlife. 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 the Conservation Station to learn all about our overseas projects and how you can help.

From Monday 26th September, the Discovery Zone will be closing temporarily for maintenance. During this time, our African experience safari trucks will not be stopping at the Discovery Zone, instead heading straight for the next stop at Carnivore Territory.


Refresh and relax

Refresh and revive 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 Experience, grab a hot snack at Basecamp, enjoy a seasonal barbecue at Carnivore Territory or a delicious artisan baguette at Pinewood Cafe.



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.

Buy Tickets

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Booking tickets online is the simplest way to start your adventure and you'll even save 10% on your adult and child single visit tickets! Online tickets are available until midnight the day before your visit.

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Reserve your table online

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Enjoy a dining experience with a wild twist at the multi award winning Livingstone Lodge Safari Experience at Port Lympne Reserve.

With the intimate setting at the African themed Laapa, a log burning stove and your 4 course meal cooked on an open fire pit, the experience is sure to satisfy your palette with some of the finest African themed cuisine the UK has to offer!

Available Thursday - Saturday evenings, 3rd Nov - 23rd Dec
Adults £50, Children (11yrs and under) £9.95

Animal Talks

Animal Talks

Every day our education team share their knowledge with you through various FREE 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!  Online tickets are available until midnight the day before your visit.

Single visit £25.00
Child (3-15yrs)
Single visit £21.00
Under 3yrs
Single visit FREE

Book your adult and child Port Lympne single visit tickets online to save 10%* off the gate prices above (*not valid on family tickets).  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 £82.00.  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 (25 March - 24 October)

We're open from 9:30am to 6:30pm. The last admission is 3:30pm.

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 staying at Port Lympne Hotel, Livingstone Lodge, Livingstone Cottage or Treehouse Hotel please use CT21 4PD to direct you to the Hotel Car Park within 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
  • Wheelchairs are available for hire at the Gatehouse
  • Free pushchairs are available for use 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 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 £50.00
Membership Child £42.00
Membership Adult Concession £46.00
Membership Child Concession £38.00

Membership Dual Park Adult £62.50
Membership Dual Park 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 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.

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 £42

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 £160

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 zoo 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

  • “Fantastic Day Out!”


    I visited the park yesterday with two toddlers and a baby. Fantastic day out - lovely zoo in a beautiful location looking out to sea over the Kentish downs. The dinosaur park was a big hit with the tots. A special thank you to our guide Stephen for a magical safari to see the giraffe family.

    5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
  • “Fab Zoo”


    Lots of animals to see, fab safari experience too! Lots of walking but do provide push chairs for families with young children which is brilliant.

    5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5