Planning your visit to Marwell

Children with binoculars

We're parents too. We understand that a great day out requires getting the basics right. We keep it simple:

  1. Open daily from 10am
    We close between 4pm-6pm depending on time of year (and all day on Christmas and Boxing Day).
  2. Easy to get to + plenty of free parking
    We're signposted from the M3 and M27.
  3. Family friendly food (or bring your picnic)
    We have cafe's, kiosks and picnic areas.
  4. Clean toilets and baby-changing facilities
    As we said - we're parents too!
  5. Adventure playgrounds
    Children love watching the animals - but they still need to run, swing and slide!

Be a Wise Owl when you visit

Read our Top Tips for a great day out at Marwell and Park Guidelines for your safety.

Make it a short break and stay the night

Marwell Hotel is on our doorstep, alternatively:

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Amazing and interesting day out!

We visited Marwell as a spontaneous day out on a Sunday in May 2015. The first thing about the zoo that I noticed was the wide paths and just how open it was. We really appreciated all the space, it was nice to have as much time as we liked to look at the animals without feeling like we had to move on or that we were in the way of others. As well as this I learnt lots of different facts about each species thanks to the little boards around each enclosure. The enclosures of the animals were great sizes, all the animals looked comfortable and content! I was surprised to see so many out and about, especially the snow leopards whom I had thought would be very camera shy. It probably helped that we had great luck with the weather. I especially enjoyed the giraffe enclosure as there is a walkway ending with a raised platform so you can overlook the field and watch the giraffes running about! There were a good amount of snack stops around the zoo which was appreciated, as well as picnic areas and benches. Although the food is a little over priced, this was expected (and we didn't really mind as it was very tasty)! When we visited there was a BBQ tent outside the Cafe, a great idea. An easy way to save money on food would be to take a picnic. We almost missed the lawn around the back of Marwell House - luckily not, this area is lovely for a picnic. And if the weather is nice enough, a spot of sunbathing! The gift shop was very impressive! We visited this last and I couldn't resist a fluffy snow leopard toy. I would reccommend Marwell Zoo to anyone! It is a lovely day out. Be sure to pay a little extra upon entry as a donation - I am confident that at the end of the day you will leave and be happy you did!Bernice , 11th May 2015