Your visit to Kent's award winning wildlife attraction
Great days out
First and foremost, we are a conservation charity dedicated to protecting wildlife. Working alongside The Aspinall Foundation, we aim to introduce animals back to the wild.
Visit us for the day and explore over 600 acres of wildlife! Included in your visit is a free safari and access to our NEW attraction, Dinosaur Forest. Discover our amazing animals and enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the Kent coastline.
Extend your day with a stay and book one of our stunning short breaks packages. With so many different ways to stay, there is something for everyone.
The BIG day out
Babydoll's Wood Fired Pizza
Set in beautiful landscaped gardens, at the heart of Port Lympne Reserve, the NEW Babydoll’s Wood Fired Pizza is sure to delight lovers of authentic Italian cuisine.
The stylish and modern restaurant, has been named after the much loved gorilla, Babydoll, who at the grand old age of 55, is the last surviving original Howletts gorilla. She was brought up from an infant in the cottage at Howletts and is adored by the Aspinall family and her dedicated keepers.
Open to day visitors and overnight guests from 12.00pm until 10.00pm daily, you can begin your Italian experience outside, surrounded by beautiful olive trees and flowers, or relax on the comfy sofas or armchairs on the veranda with a glass of prosecco and selection of antipasti, before tucking in to a freshly prepared and baked wood fired oven pizza or a satisfying bowl of pasta.
All our seasonal vegetables and herbs, used at Babydoll’s, are sourced directly from our own kitchen garden and we also offer gluten free pizzas too. A selection of fine wines and prosecco, alongside non alcoholic and hot drinks is also available.Menu
Explore: the animals
We’re home to over 700 rare and endangered animals, including the largest herd of black rhino in the UK, western lowland gorillas, the only giraffe in kent, tigers, lions, leopards, bears and so much more! With regular animal births and new species coming in every year, there’s always something different to see.
Take a look at our gallery below to see some of our lovely animals or see more here.
Stay in our multi award-winning accommodation
There are so many amazing ways to stay at Port Lympne. Our award winning short breaks range from glamping to a luxurious 4* hotel, or a unique Treehouse stay. Set in this unique coastal location, with amazing views, surrounded by wildlife, it’s a short break you’ll never forget.
What’s more, all profits from the parks and short breaks go back into the conservation work of our charity. So you can enjoy your stay, knowing that you are directly helping our conservation work.
Your next adventure awaits
Enjoy unforgettable short breaks with friends, family and loved ones. Stay as long as you like and even pick a different accommodation for each night! Choose additional experiences or just soak up the peace and quiet, recharge and reconnect.
There's so much more to Port Lympne...
We take good care of our animals and good care of our guests too. There's a host of free animal talks to enjoy, regular animal feeds for you to see, a free safari ride, stunning views of the Kent coast, and lots more! There are cafés around the reserve including the new Babydoll's Wood Fired Pizza in Carnivore Territory, a restaurant and bar at the Port Lympne Hotel, as well as 15 acres of landscaped gardens to explore. Book an experience, stay, hire the hotel or even get married here, there’s plenty to keep you entertained at this award winning wild animal park.
Explore: Dinosaur Forest
Steel your nerves as you journey through Dinosaur Forest! 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! Come face to face with prehistoric life-sized creatures in the UK’s largest dinosaur forest and make them come to life with our virtual reality app!Find out more
Book your annual park membership to a world of fun and conservation online today and enjoy exclusive benefits all year round.Buy your membership
We’re not a zoo
We are dedicated to conservation, providing world class care for our animals, great days out and unique short breaks for our visitors and guests. We enjoy sharing park news with you about our animals, our projects, new experiences and our conservation work.
We work closely with our sister park Howletts and The Aspinall Foundation to send our animals Back To The Wild and reintroduce endangered species to their real homes. Find out more about the Back To The Wild programme and how you can help support our conservation work.
Denise Van Outen
Went glamping at Port Lympne for my birthday – it was the best weekend, just fantastic.
Fantastic day out!
I visited the park yesterday with two toddlers and a baby. Fantastic day out...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. Chisgirl2015 (Tripadvisor review)
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. BabyOwl6 (Tripadvisor review)
Amazing. I've experienced safaris in Africa and ever since then I've believed that animals shouldn't be kept in captivity. But I loved this because it's a safari, the animals get so much freedom...We loved seeing the silverback gorillas, it was like we were communicating with them. They had these incredible treehouse lodges so it's like you're in the middle of Kenya, it's very cool. The reserve is also a registered charity and they have so many conservation projects where they send animals back to the wild, which is so great...Port Lympne Reserve is definitely a favourite with the kids. (OK Magazine 28th June 2016)
How to get here
Port Lympne Reserve, Nr. Ashford, Kent, CT21 4PD