Port Lympne Reserve

Port Lympne Reserve
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Port Lympne Reserve Nr. Ashford Port Lympne, CT21 4LR Lympne, Kent

+44 (0)1303 264647

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Opening times:

Summer: March – October 09:30hrs – 18:00hrs
Winter: October – March 09:30hrs – 17:00hrs

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Where The Wild Things Are
Port Lympne Reserve Celebrates 40 Years Of Conservation



Port Lympne Reserve, one of Kent’s most popular and award winning visitor attractions is celebrating its 40th birthday throughout 2016. Originally opened to the public in 1976, The Reserve, near Ashford is home to over 700 rare and endangered species and is now Europe’s first animal focused holiday destination, offering visitors a variety of short break accommodations.



Plans for 2016 have been revealed at the popular visitor attraction, which will see the arrival of the county’s first ever breeding pair of spectacled bears and an epic dinosaur exhibit, with over 100 anatomically correct and life sized models, including the T Rex, diplodocus and Pterodactyl.



Set over 600 acres, Port Lympne is home to the UK’s most authentic safari experience, The African Experience – 100 acres alive with African animals. During 2016 the popular safari experience will incorporate an Asian theme, where water buffalo will roam with other Asian animals, whilst new arrivals are expected across the park as successful breeding programmes continue.



Visitors to Port Lympne throughout the year are promised a super, natural and epic day out as they explore wooded pathways to discover where the wild things are and see the UK’s largest herd of black rhino, big cats, small cats, primates, western lowland gorillas and more.



Throughout 2016 visitors can take advantage of special themed events at Port Lympne, included in the price of the ticket at no extra cost! Visitors can also book additional activities for an extra special day, including bespoke safaris, guided tours, team building activities, keeper experiences and many more. Restaurants and kiosks are located around the park providing a variety of hot and cold snacks.



The Reserve, is the only visitor attraction in the UK offering a variety of short break accommodations, including fun and family friendly camping at Pinewood pods, luxury glamping at multi award winning Livingstone Lodge and the newly launched Bear Lodge, year round relaxation at Livingstone Cottage and the boutique Port Lympne Hotel and the height of contemporary style at the Treehouse Hotel. In 2016 guests will be able to sleep within a whisker of the park’s Amur tiger family, when they book a stay at the brand new tiger lodge overnight experience.


For further information including opening times, entry prices and special events please visit www.aspinallfoundation.org/portlympne.




Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve work with The Aspinall Foundation, a world leading conservation charity. The parks, in Kent are two of the County’s most popular visitor attractions. Profits from the parks in Kent and accommodation at Port Lympne Reserve go towards helping The Aspinall Foundation’s efforts to save rare and endangered species, both in the UK and overseas.



Lympne Reserve in Kent, working in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation, are some of the most successful breeders of captive endangered animals in the world. With unrivalled achievements in husbandry, the conservation charity boasts 135 gorilla births, 33 black rhino, 123 clouded leopards, 33 Javan gibbons, 104 Javan langur and 20 African elephants.



Port Lympne Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park were awarded Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year at the 2015 KEiBA awards.



Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve were awarded Best Leisure and Tourism Business at the 2012 and 2013 KEiBA awards.



Port Lympne Reserve has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor in 2015.

Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve are members of VisitEngland’s accreditation scheme for quality visitor attractions VAQAS.



Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve are members of the UK Inbound organisation – one of the leading trade associations in the UK Tourism industry and the only association to focus exclusively on the inbound tourism sector.



The Aspinall Foundation is proud to be celebrating 30 years of animal conservation in 2014.  Since it was founded in April 1984, the charity has become world-leaders in animal conservation; helping to protect a wide range of critically endangered species internationally, including western lowland gorillas and black rhino, and has pioneered ground-breaking reintroduction projects.



The Aspinall Foundation manages conservation projects in Congo, Gabon, Indonesia and Madagascar, as well as providing financial support to various partner projects around the world. The conservation charity’s important work helps prevent some of the most endangered species on the planet from becoming extinct.


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