Port Lympne Reserve

Lympne, Nr Hythe, Kent CT21 4PD

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Opening Times

Open every day of the year except Christmas Day, from 9:30am.

Summer (March to October): closes at 6pm (last admission 4:30pm)

Winter (October to March): closes at 5pm (last admission 3:30pm)

On Christmas Eve closes at 2:30pm (last admission 12:00)

Admission Prices



Child (3-15)


Child under 3


Child concession


Adult concession


Concessions: Student, OAP, Disabled, Disabled Carer

These prices include use of the safari vehicles to transport you between zones of the park; see zoo's website for details.

Port Lympne Passport (visit as many times as you like for 12 months), Gold Card (joint tickets with Howletts Wild Animal Park), online discounts, and group rates also available; see zoo's website for details.


Port Lympne Reserve, set in over 600 acres with far reaching views over the English Channel, is the only wild animal park in Kent to offer a unique safari experience. Board a safari truck and be transported to The African Experience where Giraffe, Black Rhino, Ostrich, Zebra and more can be seen roaming freely as if on the plains of Africa.

Explore four on foot zones to meet big and small cats, primates and more, have some lunch in one of the cafes and enjoy the fun and educational animal talks.

Official Website


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Car Park



The Basecamp cafe, the cafe at Serengeti on The African Experience, a cafe at Carnivore Territory and picnic areas.

For Kids

There are interactive educational displays and 3 play areas

Special Needs

Port Lympne is quite hilly but there are selected routes suitable for wheelchair users - ask for details on arrival. The Safari Service also takes passengers around the park.


No dogs allowed.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Animal Collections

Mammals, Reptiles

Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.

Star Animals

Black Rhinos, Gorillas, Tigers, Snow Leopards, Barbary Lions, Wolves, Hunting Dogs, Monkeys

Special Attractions

Glass fronted Lion enclosure, new primate enclosure, Palace of the Apes, rare Barbary Lions, The African Experience

Other Attractions

Gift shops, mansion and gardens, park hopper tours, keeper talks, make a donation, lasting legacy, and adopt an animal

How To Get There:

By Car

Port Lympne is located at Lympne, near Hythe in Kent. Look for the brown tourist signs (e.g. from M20 junction 11).

From London:

Follow the M20 south east, past Maidstone and Ashford, to junction 11. Leave the motorway and turn right onto the A20. Continue on the A20 past Folkestone Racecourse and back towards Ashford. Turn left onto the B2067 Otterpool Lane and follow the signs to the Reserve.

Alternatively, leave the M20 at junction 10 (Ashford south) and take the A20 south east towards Hythe. Continue through the village of Sellindge and cross under the M20 and railway. After about 1 mile, turn right onto the B2067 Otterpool Lane, and follow the signs to the Reserve.

From Canterbury:

Take the A28 south west towards Ashford. At Kennington, turn left at the roundabout onto the A2070, towards Hythe. Continue to junction 10 of the M20, then either join the M20 towards Folkestone, or turn left onto the A20 towards Hythe, and continue as described above (from London).

From Dover:

Follow the A20 west towards Folkestone and Ashford. Continue onto the M20 past Folkestone and towards Ashford. Leave at junction 11, and turn left onto the A20 towards Ashford. Continue to the Park as described above (from London).

From Hastings:

Follow the A259 north east through Rye toward Folkestone. About 1 mile after passing the village of Brookland, continue right at the roundabout on the A259 towards New Romney. Continue on the A259 through New Romney and along the coast to Hythe. Turn left onto the A2008 (Scanlons Bridge Road) one-way system. At the traffic lights, continue forward onto the A261 towards Ashford (signposted for M20 to Dover). After about 2 miles, turn left onto A20 towards Ashford. Continue past Folkestone Racecourse, turn left onto B2067 Otterpool Lane, and follow the signs to the Reserve as described above (from London).

By Public Transport

By Rail:

Just over an hour from London Charing Cross or Victoria to Ashford station. The Reserve is then only a 20 minute bus ride away.

By Bus:

Stagecoach East Kent Number 10 bus runs between Ashford and Folkestone via the Reserve. For times tel: 01233 620342.

Data on this page last updated: Jan 19 2015

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