Travel & Directions

It’s easy to get to Marwell.  Our postcode is SO21 1JH if you’re driving, or there are helpful bus and bike connections. We’re on the fringe of the South Downs National Park and very well connected!

 

It might be a stretch to say that all roads lead to Marwell but the park is within easy reach of two motorways and rail stations and only 8 miles from Winchester. If you’re looking for things to do in the Bournemouth (40 miles) or Southampton (10 miles) areas it’s the perfect choice. We’re also just a stone’s throw from the New Forest (16 miles) and Portsmouth (19 miles).

Marwell’s postcode is SO21 1JHWe are situated just off the B2177 between Colden Common and Bishops Waltham. Just follow the large brown tourist signs. If you’re planning a motorway route, then head off the M3 at J11 or the M27 at J10 (westbound) or J5 (eastbound).

  • FREE parking
    There’s plenty of free parking at the zoo, however, make sure you take all your valuables with you since we don’t accept any responsibility or liability for theft or damage. Cars must be parked sensibly and Marwell Wildlife does not accept any liability for damage or loss to vehicles.
  • Car sharing
    On busy days our car park can fill up, so to avoid delays please car share if you can.
  • Please don’t leave pets in cars
    Clearly we love animals so request that you leave all dogs and other pets at home and don’t leave them to suffer in your car. When we find pets in cars we contact the police.  
    Scenterbarks is a local dog daycare centre in Otterbourne (10 mins away) from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday.
  • Help the environment
    Please consider leaving your car at home and travelling by bus – you’ll be rewarded with 10% off zoo admission!

P.S. If you’re looking for Marwell Activity Centre, they’re just down the road from us. From Fishers Pond – keep going and they are at the next turning on the left.

Marwell Zoo is pretty big (140 acres of beautiful Hampshire parkland to explore) and whilst we’d recommend that you allow at least 4-5 hours for your visit, you might like to slow the pace down even further and make a weekend of it. If that’s the case then the safari themed Marwell Hotel is located right on our doorstep.

Stagecoach 69 from Winchester to Marwell Zoo on Sundays

Available on Sundays and bank holiday Mondays only, the 69 bus route run by Stagecoach departs from Winchester Bus Station stand E and travels via St Cross Bell Inn, Twyford crossroads and Colden Common Spring Lane to Marwell Zoo entrance and then to Bishops Waltham Square.

Please check the operators website for up to date fare and route information.

Stagecoach 69 & Xelabus X9

  • Monday to Saturday to Fishers Pond but not for the faint hearted!*
    • The Stagecoach 69 service runs between Winchester and Fareham. A request stop is available at Fishers Pond.
    • The Xelabus X9 service runs between Curdridge Church near Botley and Eastleigh Bus Station. A request stop is available at Fishers Pond. Please check the operators website for up to date fares and timetables.
    • Stagecoach 69 – Sunday Service . A service runs on Sundays to Marwell, please check the operators website for the timetable
  • * WARNING We’re quite a trek from the bus stop – 20 minutes at a push. The road is unpaved with a 50 mile an hour limit and busy with traffic so we wouldn’t recommend this route.

Marwell Zoo is pretty big (140 acres of beautiful Hampshire parkland to explore) and whilst we’d recommend that you allow at least 4-5 hours for your visit, you might like to slow the pace down even further and make a weekend of it. If that’s the case then the safari themed Marwell Hotel is located right on our doorstep.

The nearest train stations are Southampton Airport Parkway (7 miles), Eastleigh (5 miles) and Winchester (8 miles). Local rail information can be found at www.threeriversrail.com

Marwell Zoo is pretty big (140 acres of beautiful Hampshire parkland to explore) and whilst we’d recommend that you allow at least 4-5 hours for your visit, you might like to slow the pace down even further and make a weekend of it. If that’s the case then the safari themed Marwell Hotel is located right on our doorstep.

Local taxi companies include:

Handicabs    02380 615222

Galaxy Cars  02382 182786

Please contact them for fare information.

Marwell Zoo is pretty big (140 acres of beautiful Hampshire parkland to explore) and whilst we’d recommend that you allow at least 4-5 hours for your visit, you might like to slow the pace down even further and make a weekend of it. If that’s the case then the safari themed Marwell Hotel is located right on our doorstep.

If you’re coming by bicycle, our closest National Cycle Route is number 23 (5.2 miles) and you’re welcome to leave your bikes on a rack just inside our admissions building. Please be aware spaces are limited and belongings are left at your own risk.

Marwell Zoo is pretty big (140 acres of beautiful Hampshire parkland to explore) and whilst we’d recommend that you allow at least 4-5 hours for your visit, you might like to slow the pace down even further and make a weekend of it. If that’s the case then the safari themed Marwell Hotel is located right on our doorstep.

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