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Address: Bekesbourne Road | Bekesbourne, Canterbury CT4 5EL, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)844 842 4647
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Howletts Wild Animal Park is a 90 acre adventure in beautiful ancient...

Howletts Wild Animal Park is a 90 acre adventure in beautiful ancient parkland that is ideal for great days out in Kent with the entire family. With the Howletts Passport ticket you can come back time and time again for a whole 12 months. Check out our Passport Events for 12 fantastic reasons to come back and enjoy the adventure again...

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Enjoyed a good 3 hours walking around the park. Saw plenty of animals in this lovely setting. Walks are mostly flat and easy to navigate.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Newhaven, United Kingdom
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good collection of animals, plenty of room in enclosures which was nice to see. Only downside was a lot of the enclosures felt a long way from where visitors could stand, which made it difficult to see into some of them. Keepers knowledgable and friendly

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Newhaven, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed a good 3 hours walking around the park. Saw plenty of animals in this lovely setting. Walks are mostly flat and easy to navigate.

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Thank juliey333
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48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Having grown up in the local area and then moved away it was lovely to revisit this childhood memory for the afternoon. The park has made some major improvements since the last time I visited. It is clearly now one of the best parks I've visited and seeing a lot of animals I had never seen on previous visits. All... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was great to see such happy animals during my visit. Elephants were given a large pile of sand and had fun rolling around with legs in the air!

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HowlettsPortLympne, Office Administrator at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review

I was pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Howletts and enjoyed the elephant antics. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The price was expensive for what was there. Couldn't see many animals, lots of different enclosures with the same animal in. Half the gorilla enclosure was shut off and wasn't informed until we saw the enclosure itself, we was upset as this is why we visited the 'zoo' in the first place wouldn't have bothered otherwise. Could walk round the... More 

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Thank shayla456
HowlettsPortLympne, Office administrator at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit to our park. Our animals are kept in a wild state and therefore not shut out of their sleeping areas. So sometimes you may have to return to an enclosure later in the day. As for our Gorillas, we have only shut off a small area of the old gorillas... More 

Ashford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Booking online gives a £1 per person discount. The car park is well marked out with large bays which was good. It is a large area to walk around, there is a map provided on entry and just inside the park is a large board showing the times when the various animal talks are held, worth noting as the couple... More 

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Thank rollercolin
HowlettsPortLympne, Office administrator at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely review. I will pass on your comments regarding our helpful staff onto the Animal director. Hope to see you again very soon. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been visiting Howletts since the late 1970s, so I know it well. There appear to be far fewer animals these days, and today as I walked around, I saw very few indeed. But the walk is excellent, and the park is kept beautifully. It's more of a botanical walk now. A beautiful sunny day, one might expect to see... More 

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HowlettsPortLympne, Office administrator at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Sorry to hear you were a little disappointed with our park. We currently only have 2 enclosures that are empty. Our animals are kept in a wild state and therefore not shut out of their sleeping areas. So sometimes you may have to return to an enclosure later in the day. I hope to see... More 

Ashford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spent a day there with 2 year old granddaughter. Although frightened of the elephants (3 of which suddenly came through doors at once, with one falling over and landing on it's trunk) she enjoyed seeing other animals. Lots of lovely walking and play park and picnic areas very well laid out with ample toilets. Play equipment was quite inventive although... More 

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HowlettsPortLympne, Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you and your grandaughter enjoyed your visit. Please come and see us again soon. More 

Saddleworth
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Howletts today thinking that we were going to an ordinary zoo. Howletts is certainly not ordinary!! What a great day we had. We spent 7 hours there and revisited many of the animals several times. Enclosures were very open and we felt able to interact with the animals without becoming too close to them. The gorilla enclosures were... More 

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HowlettsPortLympne, Office administrator at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review, so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We do pride ourselves on the way we look after our animals. I hope you visit again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We go here all the time and love it! I recently also had an animal encounter bought for me with the big cats which was well worth the 50 pound paid. I got to feed a tiger!!

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HowlettsPortLympne, Office administrator at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review

So pleased that you enjoy coming to our park and that you had a great time doing one of our 30 minute encounters, and look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

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