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.

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.

First Bus to Marwell Zoo

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, school holidays and bank holidays from Saturday 8 April until Monday 4 September & offers an exclusive saving of 10% off zoo admission!

  • Bus departs from Eastleigh Railway Station for Marwell Zoo at: 10.26am, 11.26am, 12.26pm & 1.26pm
  • Bus departs from Marwell Zoo for Eastleigh Railway Station at: 1.47pm, 3.47pm, 4.47pm & 5.47pm 

N.B. The first and last buses of the day alight at Southampton City Centre (Pound Tree Road) departs 9.45am returns 6.41pm, stopping & picking up from Portswood Broadway, Swaythling High Road and Southampton Airport Parkway. The bus will stop & pick up from Eastleigh Bus Station (3 minutes earlier than the times detailed above), Fair Oak & New Clock Inn along the route.

*Service M1 runs half-hourly during the summer holiday (26 July - 2 September) and twice a day from Southampton City Centre.

These services will depart at 9.29am (Portswood Broadway) and 9.49am (Southampton City Centre, Pound Tree Road) and connect with the new half hourly 9.56am and 10.26am services from Eastleigh Railway Station. Return journeys to Southampton City Centre from Marwell Zoo will run at 5.17pm 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. (2017 link TBC)

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 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 

By bike

National Cycle Route 23

NCN23

 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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I visited at the beginning of October and my 5 year old granddaughter took a nasty tumble on the slope leading to the giraffe viewing platform. She had grazes to her knees and elbows and was upset and shocked. Help was summoned and a lovely first aider arrived by buggy who… Read full reviewChristine, 5th November 2015