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 (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).

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. When we find pets in cars we contact the police.

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.


Here are the current options for bus travel:

Service M1 Eastleigh to Marwell Zoo PLUS once a day from Southampton

Runs direct to Marwell Zoo on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays from Saturday 6 April 2019 to Sunday 1 September 2019 & offers an exclusive saving of 10% off zoo admission! This service runs twice a day from Southampton on weekends during the summer school holidays.

2019 Fares from Eastleigh Train Station (or Southampton) to Marwell Zoo are as follows: 

  • Adult single £4 (£5)
  • Child single £3.50 (£3.50)
  • Adult return £6 (£6.50)
  • Child return £4 (£4.50)
  • Group (up to 5 people) £12


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

Estimated cost of a taxi from Eastleigh train station to Marwell Zoo is £14 each way. Local taxi companies include:

Handicabs    02380 615222

Galaxy Cars  02382 182786

By bike

National Cycle Route 23


 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. Alternatively:

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Lovely place and lovely staff

I never normally review places at all, but me and my husband loved it so much we just had to write a review. The place it self was lovely, the animals were adorable, I love that you can often see them both indoors and outside. The food served in the café… Read full reviewSara, 3rd May 2017