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Marwell Zoo, Winchester

3.8
#1 of 151 in Outdoors in Hampshire
Marwell Zoo offers you the opportunity to see wildlife up close and help save endangered species at the same time. In the 57 hectares (140 acres) of exhibits, view over 1,200 animals across 235 different species. Snow leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, gazelles, crocodiles, lemurs, and many more make their homes in enclosures that recreate their natural habitats. Follow one of the woodland trails to see small, local animals in the wild, and sit in on an expert talk about one of the zoo's species. The proceeds from your visit--including admission tickets that you can purchase online--support the zoo's conservation efforts in the UK and abroad. With our world travel planner, Winchester attractions like Marwell Zoo can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We had a day out at the zoo very bossy on the day we were there nice sunny day just right for a walk around the zoo very clean every we're good lot of animals cafe were full but got a drink good day o...  more »
  • Marwell is a spacious zoo with a broad selection of animals, generally in good enclosures, and broadly grouped by native geography. Among the highlights are several small groups of Grevy's zebra, a pa...  more »
  • Wonderful day out for children and adults. So much to see and information to read, listen to and look at. This is a well kept place and the animals clean and content. We were lucky enough to see the L...  more »
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  • A fabulous day out for all ages. The zoo is laid out in a circuit so you don't miss any animals. Your provided a map or we found using the app more useful as it updates to show you where you are within the zoo. However the Lego section of the app was not accurate in detecting sculptures location, even though I was right next to it. Animal enclosures were of good size, compared to others we have visited. On the down side saw many drinks bottles laying around and stuck in benches or fences. Need to supply more bins.
  • Me and wife went to Marwell after I had a knee operation. We hired a wheelchair (not from Marwell) for the day as I couldn't walk. This was a manual wheelchair so my wife had to push. Not sure if anyone else found this but the park is not suitable for wheelchairs. It was very difficult for her to push me around, especially when it was to get close to the enclosures. Now I'm not over weight (74kg) and my wife is fit and healthy, also not over weight. The ground was very uneven, stoney and full of pot holes. This ground would be okay if an electric wheelchair was used but we had to cut the day short as my wife physically could not push me around any more! Very disappointed. I'd be interested to know if anyone else came across this?
  • It was alright. I personally felt that it was way too big and too exhausting to see all of it in one day. Some animals need more attention regarding cleaningness (reason for 3 stars). Lego animals are nice and I like the small frames saying how many people, blocks and how much time it took to be built. Overall it was a nice experience, but I would not visit again in the near future.
  • Lovely zoo with a wide range of animals all of which live in spacious enclosures and appear well cared for. They have monthly clubs for children with annual passes and seasonal activities. Free parking and a nice range of places to get food etc
  • Lovely well kept zoo. Thoroughly enjoyable day. Great to have a free land train to get on and off of. Thought staff enthusiastic ... really interacted with the child I took as he had dressed up as a ranger/zoo keeper. It was a nice touch ... he had a wow day and will hold good memories. Definitely worth a visit.

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Hotels, B&Bs, and inns offer rooms on the upper floors of the historical town center's Victorian, Georgian, and Tudor buildings. These look out over the pedestrian streets, markets, and shops, as well as provide a convenient location to the main attractions. Cottages for rent near the River Itchen are set among thick trees near the water, but are still within walking distance of many of the city attractions.
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