Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Lympne

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#3 of 6 in Zoos & Aquariums in Kent
Opened to the public in 1976, the 243 hectares (600 acres) of are home to a large variety of free-roaming wildlife. Prior to 1973, the land was privately owned and includes a historic mansion, as well as landscaped gardens that contrast with the wild woodlands that surround them. Tour parts of the park on foot or in a Jeep with a guide, where you'll see a larger portion of the wilderness in a short time. Book tickets online for a discount and check out the event calendar. By using our Lympne journey planner , you can arrange your visit to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and other attractions in Lympne.
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  • I understand that animals in zoos aren't always viewable, but this took the biscuit. After a full day my 3 and5 year old left disappointed. They couldn't hear the commentary on the safari as the speak...  more »
  • We saw a good range of animals during the Safari, and learnt some interesting background facts. We stopped for lunch at the Pizza restaurant, and were pleasantly surprised by the quality and the servi...  more »
  • This is a very expensive park to visit, the standard entrance fee is a staggering £25 for one adult! And it doesn't get any cheaper once inside as the cafes are also expensive to eat/drink in. However...  more »
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  • A fantastic day out for all the family. The animals are well cared for and you can tell the staff are very knowledgeable and want the best. Considering we spent all day there and it includes an hour long safari ride, the entry price is very good value for money. A couple of things to bear in mind: it's VERY hilly so be prepared to stretch those calves. They have free-to-borrow buggies for little ones and I think you can hire a golf cart if mobility is an issue. Also, the "3 seat" benches on the safari trucks are NOT big enough for 3 normal size people, so probably best enjoyed off peak or at less busy times when you'll get more room. The safari itself is really good and will improve I'm sure as they add more animals to the area. In-house catering options are a little pricey and they could do with investing in an ice machine (it was a hot day). We'll definitely come back again one day.
  • Having visited a number of Zoo Parks it is hard to recommend Port Lympne. Although offering a Safari ride and a large site, and engaged with excellent conservation work actually seeing any animals close up is something of a challenge. As was finding anywhere open for lunch. The Italian restaurant we found didn't even have a functioning children's or lunch menu. Food was excellent, service mediocre. Paths were blocked off due to an 'exclusive wedding' (on a Friday!), and although the staff were friendly and helpful the whole site felt like visitors were a nusiance rather than welcome guests or paying customers.
  • A great variety of animals. Set in beautiful countryside. There are steep climbs at time, if you require a more level park visit their sister park Howletts in Canterbury.
  • Great place to visit and a lot larger than i thought it was going to be. It's great that there is such a strong focus on conservation and breeding of endangered species. Safari style ride through some of the park was included in the price which at present is around £25 for an adult. We got to see a rhino up close as well as a number of other animals including the giraffes which have been successfully breeding. The driver gives a talk during the ride but the noise of the truck and, no doubt depending on driver, poor mic use meant that we didn't much of what was being said. Still a great experience however. Some of the enclosures are looking a bit run down but they are constructing new ones so I guess in time everything will be done up. Catering on site is reasonably priced, on par with highstreet prices. Quality is good.
  • Very expensive to get in! £50 for 2 adults (baby free). Good day out, however the day we came a lot of the animals weren't out / construction was happening. Lovely animals, but not for the price.

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