Travel & Directions

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 or Southampton areas it’s the perfect choice. We’re also just a stone’s throw from the New Forest and Portsmouth.

By Road

Marwell's postcode is SO21 1JH. We 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).

There’s plenty of FREE parking, however, make sure you take all your valuables with you since we don’t accept any responsibility or liability for theft or damage.

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.

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.

By Bus

Travel by bus and we’d be delighted to reward you with a 10% discount on park entry when you show your ticket at admissions.

Get here by bus

Here are the current options for bus travel:

Service M1 (Eastleigh)

Runs direct to Marwell from 3 April to 31 August on school holidays, weekends and bank holidays & offers an exclusive saving of 10% off zoo admission!

    • Bus departs from Eastleigh Railway Station for Marwell Zoo at: 10.25am, 11.25am, 12.25pm & 1.25pm
    • Bus departs from Marwell Zoo for Eastleigh Railway Station at: 2.47pm, 3.47pm, 4.47pm & 5.47pm

N.B. The bus will stop & pick up from Eastleigh Bus Station, and Fair Oak Square along the route.

Fares from Eastleigh Train Station to Marwell Zoo   

  • Adult single £3
  • Child single £2
  • Adult return £4
  • Child return £3

New: Service M2 (Southampton)

From Lords Hill Centre via Southampton City Centre & Hedge End! Running to Marwell on Sundays from 3 May to 30 August and Wednesdays from 22 July to 26 August, also offering an exclusive 10% off zoo admission!

  • Bus departs from Lords Hill Centre for Marwell Zoo at: 9.30am, 11.30am (additional service runs from Southampton City Centre at 2.12pm)
  • Bus departs from Marwell Zoo for Lords Hill Centre at: 12.50pm, 3.00pm, 5.10pm (12.50pm departure terminates at Southampton City Centre)

N.B. The bus will stop & pick up from Lords Hill Centre, Redbridge Fire Station, Shirley Precinct, Southampton Central Northside, Southampton City Centre, Northam Prince's Street, Bitterne Shops, Thornhill Park Post Office, Hedge End Superstores & Fair Oak Wyvern College along the route.

Fares from Lords Hill Centre to Marwell Zoo

  • Adult single £5
  • Child single £3.50
  • Adult return £6
  • Child return £4.50

NEW: Service M3 (Winchester)

From Winchester Train Station via the Broadway, Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. Runs on Saturdays and Wednesdays until 29 August. Operated by Stagecoach and offering an exclusive 10% off zoo admission!

Bus departs from Winchester Station at: 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm

Bus departs from Marwell Zoo at: 10.45am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm, 3.15pm, 4.45pm and 6.15pm

Fares from Winchester Train Station to Marwell Zoo

  • Adult single £3.70
  • Child single £2.50
  • Adult return £5.20
  • Child return £3.50

BRIJAN TOURS No 8 bus

  • Monday to Saturday to Fishers Pond but not for the faint hearted!
  • Bus departs from Eastleigh bus station at 14 minutes past the hour and arrives at Fishers Pond at ½ past the hour. (We’re quite a trek from the bus stop - 20 minutes at a push. The road is unpaved and busy with traffic so we wouldn’t recommend this route in the dark)
  • Bus departs from Fishers Pond at 3.49pm & 4.49pm and arrives at Eastleigh bus station at 4.13pm and 5.13pm.

Please check with the bus operators before you leave since they’ll have the most up to date information on the services they provide.

By Rail

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

By Taxi

Eastleigh co-operative taxis are our preferred supplier and offer a 15% discount for passengers travelling to Marwell. They offer 4-8 seater vehicles as well as wheelchair accessible vehicles and can be reached on 02380 642321 

Marwell zoo is pretty big 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. Alternatively:

Book a hotel with Laterooms.com

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Brilliant day out

It's a brilliant day out. It's helping the environment and endangered species. Excellent.Lucy, 10th February 2015