10 reviews of Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in English
The zoo seems set out not for the public but for the marketing of the extra see the animals truck safari (£5.00 per person extra) and for the benefit of staff and animals. We spent over 4 hours trudging past empty paddocks and enclosures seeing animals in only a tiny proportion.
Site maps are scarce, paths mainly only pot holed gravel tracks (beware if your taking a push chair).
Staff were plentiful and friendly, they seemed to know every animals name and life story (there's so few of them). Not many picnic sites (one of the 3 we found was unusable covered in green moss as sited in damp corner under trees near gorilla cage) or toilets.
Would recommend saving up to visit a better thought out and populated zoo (Colchester for example you would see more animals in ten minutes then in 4 hours here).
Prices are quite expensive (about £12 for adults) But there is enough to see here to last you all day. There is a wide variety of animals on show with some nice woodland walks. It can get quite busy but it covers such a huge area that this isn’t really an issue. There are also some nice gardens to walk through with some great views of the marsh.
This is our favourite zoo in the UK.
My wife & I even got married in the mansion!
Our kids always enjoy a trip here, but you have to get the weather right as generally the animals aren’t 'locked out’ like other zoos so you may see very little.
Set in the Kent countryside near Folkestone in Kent, Port Lympne is the sister park to Howletts and run in exactly the same way with conservation in mind and return of animals to the wild. Where Howletts is largely flat, this park is undulating to say the least, and pushing a pram can be hard work up and down the hills. The Gorilla enclosure is a lot of fun. Take a picnic and avoid the cost of lunch in the cafe. Look out for discounted deals for enrty tickets.
A fabulous day out for the whole family. Set on the hillside looking out across the marsh to the channel, it offers the chance to see the famous conservation work in place.
The park does cover a large area, so it can be quite tiring - there are plenty of places to stop if you wish though.The african safari can take away some of the leg work and allow you to see the large animals roaming free.
Although a little expensive it will fill your whole day and there are seasonal offers in the local papers and advertising leaflets
Nice wildlife park but very very big so if you’re unsure of foot then I suggest you use one of the loan wheelchairs. However the terrain is quite bumpy and hilly sometimes so make sure you have a strong carer. Free entry for carer, good disabled facilities and good parking. The usual animals roaming around and a great day out, warning that there’s not much shelter around the park if it’s raining. Good cafe,
I’ve been a regular-ish visitor to Port Lympne for most of my life as we have family in Kent. It’s an excellent day out for all ages and is extremely well set-up and organised.
Taking a picnic works well and there are plenty of areas set aside for having lunch.
Port Lympne is famous for all its primates, particularly its gorillas which provide hours of entertainment. The feeding times for all animals are well advertised so you can plan your day accordingly.
They have recently introduced a new safari truck/train which takes people around some of the outer fields. To be honest, the only thing we thought it offered was a chance to see the giraffes in more detail, so unless you find it difficult to get around, I’d skip it (and the extra cost) and walk it insetad.
It is pretty expensive but you get lots of bang for your buck (or beasts for your buck) and you are supporting some excellent conservation work.
As you can imagine, it gets very busy in the holidays. Reduced prices are available in the winter.
great day out for the whole family, come and spend the whole day here. Fairly expensive, but a large proportion of what you pay goes to valuable conservation work and therefore its worthwhile as there is so much for the family to see and do. Loads of really fun events here all year round so subscribe to their newsletter to keep up to date. they also have a lovely venue for weddings in the mansion house with fabulous views and amazing interior decor for a truely one off event
A great day out for the family.
Situated in the grounds of Port Lympnes’ 600 acres in Kent.
The opportunity to take an “African Safari Experience” to drive around the park to see some of the animals roaming freely.
Some of the park can be accessed by walking, but this can be quite exhausting for some people.
There are 90 different species of animal here, many of which have appeared on BBC TVs “Roar” programme, that was filmed here.
There is a mansion and gardens, restaurants, play & picnic areas, with toilets and kiosks located throughout the park.
what a lovely day out…i go usually once a year. I always have a great day. I own a pub not far away and i always send people in that direction if asked where to visit. Its a great day out for all the family and not only that, there is now a walk through section where lemars walk up to you. Kids love it. I love it! lol. worth the money just maybe take some sandwiches. I normally take a picnic and they don’t mind that. Lots of picnic areas. Make sure you see the rhino’s first as well. They are to your left as you go in, they close in the afternoon and it is a shame to miss them.
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