Howletts Wild Animal Park

Bekesbourne Road, Bekesbourne, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5EL

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Opening Times

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

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

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

Admission Prices

Adult

£23.95

Child (3-15)

£19.95

Child under 3

Free

Child concession

£18.45

Adult concession

£22.45

Howletts Passport: for the same price as a standard ticket, visit as many times as you like for 12 months.

Joint tickets (Gold Card) with Port Lympne, online discounts, and group rates also available; see zoo's website for details.

Description

Howletts Wild Animal Park, home to the largest herd of African elephants in the UK, offers a great day out where conservation and fun combine. With wooded walkways and paths to explore, fun and fact filled talks throughout the day and the opportunity to see some of the rarest animals on the planet, visitors can witness conservation in action.

Walk amongst lemurs, come face to face with lions, tigers, giant anteaters and western lowland gorillas and even mimic the agile primates on the Treetop Challenge - an obstacle course set in the trees.

Official Website

www.aspinallfoundation.org/howletts

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Facilities

Car Park

Free

Eating

The Pavilion Restaurant, cafe near the Elephant paddock, kiosks and picnic areas.

For Kids

Adventure Playground, Jurassic Mine Fossil Shop.

Treetop Challenge -- designed for ages five and upwards (additional charges & height restrictions apply). Rope ladders and walkways will whisk you high amongst the tree tops on a journey of discovery.

Special Needs

Accessible for wheelchair users and wheelchairs are available for hire (refundable deposit of £20 required, please book in advance to avoid disappointment).

Restrictions

No dogs.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Attractions

Animal Collections

Mammals

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

The world's largest captive group of Western Lowland Gorillas.

The largest African Elephant herd in the UK.

Several species of Tiger and Leopard, and many smaller cats.

Black Rhinos.

Special Attractions

Walk through Lemur enclosure, glass fronted Tiger enclosure and Treetop Challenge

Other Attractions

Gift shops, gardens, keeper talks, adopt an animal

How To Get There:

By Car

Howletts is located between the villages of Bekesbourne and Littlebourne, three miles south of Canterbury in Kent.

From London:

Follow the A2 and M2 to and past Canterbury, and on towards Dover. Leave the A2 at Bridge, and turn left onto the unclassified road signposted for Littlebourne. Continue into Patrixbourne, and turn left at the mini roundabout, then left again onto Station Road towards Bekesbourne and Littlebourne. Continue on Station Road through Bekesbourne, passing under the railway, and onto Bekesbourne Lane towards Littlebourne. The entrance to Howletts Wild Animal Park will then be on your left after less than a mile, shortly before entering Littlebourne.

From Canterbury:

Take the A257 East towards Sandwich, and into the village of Littlebourne. At the far end of the village, and shortly before crossing the river, turn right onto the unclassified road towards Bekesbourne. The entrance to Howletts will then be on your right shortly after leaving Littlebourne.

From Sandwich (and Ramsgate / Deal):

Take the A257 West towards Canterbury, and into the village of Littlebourne. Shortly after entering the village, and just after crossing the river, turn left onto the unclassified road towards Bekesbourne. The entrance to Howletts will then be on your right shortly after leaving Littlebourne.

From Dover:

Follow the A2 North West towards Canterbury. Leave the A2 at Bridge, and continue on unclassified roads into Bridge village centre. Shortly after passing Bourne Park on your left, turn right to Patrixbourne. On entering Patrixbourne, turn left and continue through the village, then turn right onto Station Road, towards Bekesbourne and Littlebourne. Continue on Station Road through Bekesbourne, passing under the railway, and onto Bekesbourne Lane towards Littlebourne. The entrance to Howletts Wild Animal Park will then be on your left after less than a mile, shortly before entering Littlebourne.

From Folkestone:

Take the A260 North, to join the A2 at Barham. Continue North on the A2 towards Canterbury, leaving at Bridge as described above (from Dover).

From Ashford:

Follow the A28 North East towards Canterbury. Turn right onto the A2 towards Dover. Leave the A2 at Bridge, and continue as described above (from London)

By Public Transport

By Rail:

One and a half hours from London Victoria by direct train to Bekesbourne station. A minibus shuttle service runs to Howletts at peak times. During the non-peak season the minibus will run at weekends only. Please call 01227 721286 for further information and to check availability before you set off.

Otherwise, when the minibus isn't running, Howletts is a 30 minute walk (less than 1 mile) from the station along the unclassified road to Littlebourne. There is no footpath.

Data on this page last updated: Feb 11 2013

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