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Wildlife Park, £13.95-£46.95


Male Western Lowland Gorilla at Howletts

Male Western Lowland Gorilla at Howletts


Howletts Wild Animal Park

+44 (0)844 842 4647


Bekesbourne Road,

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Howletts Wild Animal Park, Kent’s most successful animal park, is celebrating its 40th Birthday in 2015. Originally owned by conservationist John Aspinall – founder of The Aspinall Foundation, a world leading conservation charity, Howletts was first opened to the public in 1975.

Today, Howletts is regarded as a breeding sanctuary for some of the most rare and endangered species in the world, including critically endangered western lowland gorillas, big cats, small cats, primates and the largest herd of African elephants in the UK.

From small beginnings, Howletts is now home to 456 animals and 51 individual species. Visitors can get up close to Amur tigers, Northern Chinese leopards, African painted dogs and Barbary lions in their glass fronted enclosures and walk with lemurs as the Madagascan favourites explore the branches overhead.

Set in 90 acres of historic parkland, there are wooded walkways and pathways to explore and fun and fact filled animal talks taking place at various times throughout the day, so there’s plenty for visitors of all ages to discover and enjoy.

Visitors can also try their hand at the exciting Treetop Challenge* – an obstacle course, set high in the trees with rope bridges, tyre curtains, cargo nets and zip wires. Younger adventurers can enjoy the Animal Adventure Challenge* featuring slides, swings and more.

One of the County’s most popular visitor attractions, Howletts has conservation at its heart. Visitor monies help fund the park’s vital work with endangered species and enable the park to return animals back to protected areas of the wild, in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation.

*Terms and Conditions will apply.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsPushchairs availableRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessSmoking allowed

Please telephone in advance for pushchairs.

Opening details

Howletts Wild Animal Park is open everyday except Christmas Day.
Summer: 9.30am - 6pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Winter: 9.30am - 5pm (last admission 3.30pm)


We’ve changed our pricing to make our single day tickets even better value than before. Now at just £19.95 for an adult and £15.95 for a child you can enjoy a unique day out whilst actively contributing to real conservation. Don’t forget you can still save 10% when you pre book your tickets online via our website.

Single Visit Tickets:
Adult (16 years and over) £19.95
Child (3 - 15, must be accompanied by an adult) £15.95
Adult Concession £17.95
Child Concession £13.95

*Save an additional 10% when you pre book your single visit tickets online via our website.

Adult (16 years and over) £29.95
Child (3 - 15, must be accompanied by an adult) £25.95
Adult Concession £27.95
Child Concession £23.95

*Children under 3 go free
*Concessions: Student, OAP, Disabled or Disabled Carer

Gold Card
Your passport to both Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve, allowing unlimited entry to both parks for a year.

Adults (16 years and over) £46.95
Children (3-15) £36.95

Terms and conditions apply. Please always check for up to date prices.



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Map reference: TR 196567  Lat: 51.26741 Long: 1.14693

Howletts is located at Bekesbourne and is signposted 'Bridge exit' off the A2, three miles south of Canterbury in Kent. Free parking available.

Jump aboard the brand new bus service from Canterbury to Howletts. Operating on Saturdays and during school holidays until September 2014. Also get 2FOR1 single visit entry when you travel by bus.* To download a voucher and for bus info, visit;

*Terms and conditions apply

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Bekesbourne station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking allowedSmoking allowed

Please telephone in advance for pushchairs.

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