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“A brilliant family day out at Marwell”
Review of Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo
Ranked #14 of 72 things to do in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Our 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Just by visiting Marwell Zoo (owned and operated by conservation charity, Marwell Wildlife) you'll be making a big contribution to our projects to conserve species and habitats, both here in Hampshire and around the world. If you're loopy for lemurs, be sure to look out for Lemur Loop. A walkthrough exhibit opened summer 2017. Coming 2018 - At a cost of £7.8M, our new Tropical House will be the largest exhibit ever built at Marwell. Opening at Easter, guests will be free to share the habitat and enjoy views of new, colourful and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects whilst learning about the flow of energy through life. Keep an eye out for new arrivals throughout the year too! Our £15-19 adult entry fee varies across the year and includes a voluntary donation of around 10%. Please check our website for full ticket prices.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stroller parking
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Having booked tickets on line, thank goodness as it was half term and the queue was huge and around the car park, we had to park in a field at the back however because we have pre-booked we were able to bypass the queue and fast track straight into the park which was excellent. I will now only book online for tickets during the holiday it is a must.

Although the park was clearly busy you were still able to wander round and easily view all the animals, the play areas were busy of course, however we gave these a miss and just enjoyed wandering from animal to animal.

The facilities are excellent, toilets really clean considering how many people were there and good areas outside and inside to eat.

it takes around 3-4 hours to fully enjoy the park.

Leaving the park was easy with not traffic queues to get out.

Highly recommnended - if you buy an anual pass they refund your ticket cost.

Thank clare060469
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We decided to spend one of the days during the February half term at Marwell. We knew it would be busy but nothing prepared us for the chaos that awaited us at the entry turnstiles. The queue extended up to the car park and started as one queue. As you made it down the hill to the turnstiles it separated into two queues and people with season tickets and pre-booked tickets were directed down towards the front only to be re-directed back to the one of the two queues. Then the two queues separated into four queues, decisions decisions which one to get into. It took over half an hour to finally get in by which time families with small crying children were stressed, not a good start to their fun day out. There were staff about but all they seemed interested in was people with season tickets or pre-booked tickets. One other small bug bear was that on such a busy day not all the turnstiles were open, surely they could have re-directed staff from elsewhere to help with actually getting people into the park.Once in we did actually have a great day out, lot of animals were up and about and we even got a great view of the elusive red panda.The land train was also a great way to get about, free compared with the railway which was £2 a person.

1  Thank madeline090
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

We went to Marwell wildlife Park this week, and although it was half term, and busy, it is a huge park and plenty of room for everyone, there was a nice restaurant and shop, plenty of toilets,and all in all a good price day out for the family..The train ride was an extra £2 each, but the land train equally as good if not better was a free ride!
Would recommend this park for a family as there was plenty to see and do, and plenty of picnic areas and play areas for the smaller children.

Thank chrissy972
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

We took our 3 year old to Marwell for a Birthday treat and he loved getting up close to the giraffes. Which I have to say was the best experience of the day as the keeper giving the talk was very knowledgeable and you could see that she loved her job. I remember going to Marwell as a child when it was called a Zoo and in many ways it still feels like a Zoo. Some of the animals had large enough enclosures but most of the big cats did not. It didn't seem to be particularly well run and generally the animals looked very bored. We had lunch in the cafe which was very badly organised. We visited in January and there wasn't enough seating then so goodness knows what it must be like in the summer. When we eventually found a seat we then had to queue for about half an hour to get our food. Somebody need to give this place a big shake up. Suffice to say, we will not be returning!

Thank JoJoNewForest
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Beautiful setting and well run wildlife park. Worth taking own picnic and drinks for kids. Allow 4 hours to see the whole park. Great for buggy and disabled access.

Thank kldub
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