Camping with style in Kent
At the top of the hill, in the woods of Port Lympne, Pinewood offers cosy camping pods for those looking to get back to nature amidst the roars of the resident lions and tigers.
Snuggle up in heated Camping Pods for a romantic couples break or a family night in the wild and gather round the fire to toast marshmallows under the stars.
With shared facilities.
With shared facilities.
With shared facilities.
Eat and Drink
Pricing and booking
Each of the 16 Standard Pods are heated, have two single beds with comfy mattresses and a double futon. There's plenty of handy storage and bedding is included, so you can travel light. Guests have access to communal toilets and shower rooms.
The Ensuite Pods have a double bed, bunk bed and full ensuite facilities which makes them ideal for families, couples or groups. Each pod has a decked area for you to sit and relax and feature the same amenities as the camping pods with the additional benefit of an ensuite.
The Pinewood site has separate showers and W.C. facilities for all Camping Pods while the Ensuite Camping Pods feature an ensuite shower room with toilet and basin. An accessible pod is available for overnight guests with accessibility requirements, please enquire at booking stage.
Our cosy wooden camping pods are located amongst the pine trees and just 50 yards away from lions and tigers. Set at the top of the park opposite our spacious lion habitat, you can enjoy spectacular views from the Trojan steps over the Romney Marsh to the sea.
One of the perks of Pinewood is having access to the Reserve before the general public! See the animals at dawn and dusk at your leisure. Admission to our sister park, Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury is also included for the duration of your stay. Check in is at 3pm and check out is between 9 - 10am.
All of our short breaks guests have a safari included in the cost of their stay (where current covid restrictions allow). Your safari will take you on an adventure through our South American, Asian and African Experience zones where you will see spectacled bears, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, camels and more.
Enjoy our games room with pool table and board games or toast marshmallows on our open fire pit. There's also plenty of entertainment around Port Lympne with hundreds of animals to see and the Dinosaur Forest to explore!
Eat and Drink
We serve home cooked food made with home grown and locally sourced produce at our restaurants and cafes. Or relax and soak up the wonderful atmosphere of the unique Moroccan Courtyard (open spring & summer) at Port Lympne Hotel. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and Afternoon tea or a romantic candlelit dinner.
Pricing and booking
Prices from £139. For more information, you can call 01303 234112 Monday to Sunday between 9am to 5pm, or fill in our simple online form at the end of the page and one of our team will be in touch.
- Standard Pod or Ensuite Pod for up to 4 people
- Entrance to Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park (from 9.30am on the day of arrival until closure on the day of departure)
- Safari experience at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve
- Access to the park's restaurants
- Access to the games room with pool table and board games
- Tea making facilities
- Bedding is included
- Free WiFi
- Free on site parking
Meet your fellow residents...
Port Lympne Reserve is home to amazing wildlife and incredible views. See over 900 animals from 75 species at this award winning park. See the lions who live in close proximity to Pinewood, then explore the rest of the Reserve and see gorillas, bears, cheetah, giraffe and many more!
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you'll find the most common questions people ask about staying at Pinewood.
Is it a separate entrance to Pinewood Pods from the Park?
No, for satnav the postcode for the Reserve is CT21 4LR. There is a separate compound for Pinewood guests to park at the end of the tarmacked area. The entrance is a short walk over the footbridge and then the camping pods are a further two minute walk from the entrance. For further information on access please call us on 01303 234112.
If you would like to make use of the park on the day of arrival please head straight to the entrance and show your booking confirmation for access. During your stay access to the park is via the main entrance only.
What time do we check in?
Check in is 3pm -5pm but if you would like to arrive earlier and explore the Reserve from 9:30am, you are welcome to do so (please leave your luggage in your vehicle until check in). Guests are also welcome to access the park on the day of departure.
What are the café opening times?
Pinewood Café opens at 8am for breakfast until 09:30am. In the evening the kitchen is open from 6pm - 9pm and the café closes at 10pm. Closing times may vary but please check with your friendly check in host for details. Lunch is served daily at Pinewood Café.
What dining options are available on site?
Pinewood Café is situated close to the pods, alternatively we have the Port Lympne Restaurant, Bear Lodge Clubhouse, or Babydoll's Wood Fired Pizza. Please download our restaurant guide or call us on 01303 234 112 for further details.
What food is offered in the Pinewood Café?
A variety of menu choices are served in Pinewood Café alongside a children’s menu.
Can we cook at the pods?
Each pod contains a kettle and cups and tea and coffee are provided. There are no cooking facilities at the pods and BBQs are prohibited. However, you'll find many dining options around the reserve at our restaurants, cafes and kiosks.
Are there washing-up facilities on site?
Yes, there is a sink provided for washing up utensils - cloths, sponges and washing up liquid are also supplied.
Are towels and bedding supplied?
Bedding and towels are included.
What entertainment is included?
You’ll enjoy FREE entry to Port Lympne Reserve throughout your stay with us. Plus, there are a number of optional activities available to book, including exciting safaris and animal feeds. Please book with your host or ranger on Check in day.
Access to the communal games room with pool table and board games is included in your stay.
Are there pods for wheelchair access?
One of our camping pods is adapted for wheelchair access. Please call 01303 234 112 to check availability of this pod.
Are there bathrooms on site?
Yes, there are separate male and female toilets and showers supplied with toilet rolls, hand soap and hand towels. The Shepherds Hut has en suite facilities.
Can we play music in our pods on a portable radio/cd player etc?
Playing music is fine, but please remember that there will be other guests who may not share your taste, noise carries across the site so please don’t be alarmed if we ask you to turn it down.
Is there a power supply in the pod/can we bring hairdryers, hair straighteners, phone/camera chargers, laptops?
There is limited power supply in the pods so we recommend that you check with the staff on arrival but this is 'Camping' after all!
Do we get admission to Howletts included in our stay?
Admission to our sister park, Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury is included for the duration of your stay. Check in Please call 01227 721286 for prices and further details.
Can we bring candles?
No, we ask that guests do not bring candles into the pods.
Is smoking allowed on the site?
Yes, but please note that smoking is not allowed in the pods, recreation room or on the decking.
Can we bring our own alcohol?
Yes, alcohol may be consumed in your pod and onsite, alternatively the Pinewood Café serves some beers and wines.
The pods are insulated however during adverse weather they may get a bit chilly, each pod contains a heater, we would advise that if you are staying either very early or late in the season to pack appropriate clothing. We also advise bringing a torch.
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With 14 different ways to stay, we're certain we have the perfect accommodation for you at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve. Don't forget that our unique accommodations can be booked as part of your conference or private event.
Back to the Wild!
With your visit and stay you contribute to our greatest mission, getting the animals 'Back to the Wild'. This initiative has already seen an impressive number of animals born at Howletts and Port Lympne returned to their natural habitats. Your help is vital for our worldwide conservation projects.