Zoo and wildlife parks in Southampton

Imagine for a moment, that you are taking a relaxing walk on The Common. You are wandering along, minding your own business, when suddenly out of nowhere, you’re shocked by the sound of a trumpeting elephant, let loose in the grounds!
Marwell is actively involved in conserving the three iconic species - white rhinos, scimitar-horned oryx and Grevy’s zebra - housed in this new exhibit, so its setting and design reveal how we study and observe these species in the wild.


If you're stuck with ideas of things to do for great days out or over the school holidays then look no further than Hampshire's animal attractions. From farmyard favourites like pigs and cows, see endangered species like tigers and monkeys at one of the many zoos, or head to the aquarium to see the creatures that live under the sea, there are plenty of attractions in Hampshire to see your favorite animals.

Between 1961 and 1985, in the houses surrounding the area, intermittent growls, roars and squawks could be heard echoing from inside the park. For, tucked away in a corner of The Common, on the site of a bombed eighteenth century cottage, could be found ‘Southampton Zoological Gardens’, home to a plethora of exotic birds and beasts from around the world.

For an entrance fee of just 10p, you could spend an afternoon visiting an exciting host of different species, including elephants, penguins, giraffes, sea lions, chimpanzees, rhinos, lions and tigers and even, at one time, a polar bear.

Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo

With plenty of outdoor space, and a whole host of animals and activities, Marwell Zoo is a great family day out in Hampshire. Guests are advised to prebook tickets online for the correct day before arrival. 100s of animals – with giraffes, tigers, leopards, meerkats, penguins and more, 140-acre park & 5 adventure play areas, Animal feeds*, cafés & gift shop.

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