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Howletts Wild Animal Park

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Key Features

  • Largest herd of African Elephants in the UK
  • Animals of the Ice Age Exhibit
  • Treetop Challenge and Animal Adventure Challenge

Discover a world of conservation and incredible days out at Howletts Wild Animal Park! You’ll see over 400 animals across 50 species – some you won’t see anywhere else in Kent, including the largest herd of African elephants in the UK and more gorillas, monkeys and leopards than any other wild animal park in the County!

You can get up close to tigers and lions in their glass fronted enclosures, while you learn about our conservation work around the world, walk with lemurs as the playful primates explore the branches above and around you and test your skills when you try out the exciting Treetop Challenge or Animal Adventure Challenge*.

You’ll see Kent’s only honey badgers and giant anteaters, plus loads of adorable new arrivals and you can even learn more about your favourite animals when you join our park rangers for our free fact packed animal talks, taking place daily during weekends and holidays.

Don’t forget to venture into a world lost in time, with our permanent Animals of the Ice Age exhibition. As you explore the Woodland Walk, you’ll marvel at the life size prehistoric creatures, including the mighty mammoth, savage sabre toothed Smilodon and many more.

Take a break and relax as the kids go wild in our free play area near the Pavilion Café and refresh with a snack, hot meal, ice cream or drink at our variety of eateries and seasonal kiosks around the park.

Howletts is more than just a wild day out. We’re a charity and breeding sanctuary for rare and endangered animals. We work with The Aspinall Foundation, to return animals born at the park to protected areas of their native habitat, so they can live wild and free – just as they should be! Visitor monies help us to continue our vital conservation work both in the UK and overseas.

*for an additional fee.

Child’s ages:
Children of all ages are welcome.
Children under 3 go FREE.

£22.95 Adult Day Ticket
£19.95 Child Day Ticket 3-15yrs (Children under 3 go free)
£74.00 Family Day Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children)
Concession tickets also available

Opening times:
Winter (October – March)
Open from 9:30am to 5pm. The last admission is 3:30pm.

On Christmas Eve they are open from 9:30am to 2pm. The last admission is 12:30pm.

Summer (April – October)
​Open from 9:30am to 6pm. The last admission is 4.30pm

Arriving by public transport:
Howletts is approximately 90 minutes from London Victoria, which travels directly to Bekesbourne Station. Alternatively, Howletts is approximately 90 minutes from London St Pancras International. Change at Faversham or Rochester and take the train to Bekesbourne station. A minibus shuttle service runs to Howletts at peak times. During non-peak season the minibus will run at weekends only. Please call 01227 721286 for further information and to check availability before you set off. For train times, visit

Arriving by car:
Howletts is in Bekesbourne, Kent and signposted off the A2, three miles south of Canterbury. Follow the brown and white tourist signs to the Park where you can enjoy complimentary parking. SAT NAV: CT4 5EL

Car parking:
Complimentary parking is available

Details are correct at time of publishing.

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