Marwell Zoo is a beautiful 140-acre outdoor attraction, nestled in Winchester’s countryside. Take a stroll around the park, enjoy the fresh air, and spot a variety of exotic and endangered animals.
It's a wonderful outdoor attraction filled with a host of animal stars that you'll love to visit, making it the perfect family attraction.
About The Zoo
The zoo is owned and operated by the conservation charity Marwell Wildlife, which was established in 1972. The best thing about coming to the zoo, is that by visiting you’ll be supporting their projects to conserve species and habitats across the globe!
Things To Do
We encourage everyone to take a stroll around with a patient and watchful eye and imagine that they are trying to see our animals in the wild… With hundreds of incredibly exotic and endangered animals such as Rothchild's giraffes, white rhinos, Amur tigers, Humboldt penguins, red pandas, snow leopards, all three species of zebra and more, you’ll always have more to see!
Step into paradise at the innovative and sustainable Energy for Life: Tropical House! This innovative and sustainable exhibit also features an energy-from-waste plant where zoo poo will be turned into energy to heat the park's buildings, helping us to reach our goal of becoming carbon neutral! That’s one way to truly recycle!
As you walk through this immersive exhibit, gaze at the beautiful and colourful birds flying overhead and come face-to-face with a Linne’s two-toed sloth. Not only that, but you can also discover vibrant species of exotic plants with their array of bright colours.
Get up close to Wallabies as you wander through the Wallaby walkthrough, which has a relaxing water feature and natural seating – making it the ideal spot to unwind. If you need to take a break, stop and listen to the natural sounds of the park - soothing and calming all in one.
The kids can go wild in the must-see fabulous five adventure playgrounds too! Whether they choose the bespoke Okapi playground for 6-14 year-olds or the Life Among The Trees playground - with 5 incredible playgrounds to choose from, they'll never get bored!
Plus the new and improved Fur, Feathers and Scales playground are both inclusive with accessible equipment so, all children can safely play.
It's the purr-fect place where your little monkeys can let off steam! By hopping, skipping and jumping their way around, having a creative adventure outside! They can clamber up climbing nets, burrow through net tunnels, swing and just have fun!
Grounds & Gardens
Behind Marwell Hall, you'll find a formal garden encompassing 3 garden styles from the 16th and 17th centuries. The Knot Garden is filled with lavender and roses and uses box hedging to frame the garden. With an English knot pattern, as well as strapwork and needlework. The Parterre Garden is filled with flower beds with colourful roses and lilies and the final garden, The Kitchen Garden, is used for growing herbs, fruit and vegetables! From lemon balm to carrots and popular plants from the 17th century!
Please note: Guests must book online in advance and they’re currently not accepting cash. You can also download their new app for offers, info on feed times and maps of the zoo.
Don't forget to pop along to the gift shop if you want to take a bit of the Marwell Zoological animal kingdom home with you! With a range of animal plushies, notebooks, tea towels and more, you'll have plenty of ideas for gifts to give animal lovers!
Food & Drink
We bet your cubs will have worked up an appetite, but don’t worry, there are plenty of food and refreshments available all around the zoo! Munch at Cafe Graze with a selection of hot meals as you overlook the meerkats next door!
Gobble down on yummy pasta, handmade pies, veggie stir fry and the classic but comforting jacket potato. There’s so much choice, your bellies will be full from just looking at the menu!
There’s also Coffee Corner coffee shop for a pick-me-up and Okapi to dine at with their selection of hot & cold drinks, ice creams, and savoury pastries if you're looking for some light bites. Yummy!
All are freshly prepared with locally sourced ingredients! How many people can say they’ve had lunch next to a rhino?
- Engage in daily talks and feeds
- 100s of animals for you to meet and acres of gardens to explore it makes the perfect family day out
- When you visit, you’ll contribute to the conservation charity Marwell Wildlife and learn more about their conservation activities