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.

Please car share if possible! On busy days our car park can fill up, so to avoid delays please car share if you can.

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.

To celebrate Marwell's Zany Zebras, the bus has been decorated in the colourful stripes adorned by Marwell Zoo’s very own zebra sculpture, ‘Gilbert’. The zany pink, blue, yellow and black design is sure to turn heads as the bus makes its way to and from the zoo over the summer!

M1 Bus from Eastleigh and Southampton to Marwell Zoo

Here are the current options for bus travel:

Service M1 Eastleigh to Marwell Zoo PLUS twice a day from Southampton*

Runs direct to Marwell Zoo daily from Thursday 21 July until Sunday 4 September & 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 (2 minutes earlier), and Fair Oak, New Clock Inn along the route.

*Service M1 now runs twice a day from Southampton City Centre

These services will depart at 9.42 and 11,42 and connect with the 10.23am and 12.23pm services from Eastleigh Bus Station. The service starts at Pound Tree Road station and stops at Portswood Broadway, Wessex lane and Southampton Airport parkway. Return journeys to Southampton from Marwell Zoo will run at 3.47pm and 5.47pm.

Fares from Eastleigh Train Station (or Southampton) to Marwell Zoo   

  • Adult single £3 (£5)
  • Child single £2 (£4)
  • Adult return £4 (£6)
  • Child return £3 (£5)

Download the full M1 timetable.

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.
  • * 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.

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

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:

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Amazing time

We had the most amazing time at Marwell Zoo yesterday despite the rain. The place was much bigger than I expected and the amount of animals and various species exceeded all my expectations. I was pleasantly surprised with the conditions and the size of the enclosures. I loved the cheekiness of… Read full reviewAntonia, 25th October 2015