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).
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.
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:
Runs direct to Marwell Zoo on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays from Friday 30 March 2018 to Sunday 2 September 2018 & offers an exclusive saving of 10% off zoo admission!
2018 Fares from Eastleigh Train Station (or Southampton) to Marwell Zoo are as follows:
Stagecoach 69 & Xelabus X9
Please check with the bus operators before you leave since they’ll have the most up to date information on the services they provide.
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
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
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:
We had a really great day, there were 6 children of various ages in our group and they were all really interested and occupied all the time, they loved it.Joy - Summers Family Visit, 27th October 2017