Port Lympne Reserve

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Port Lympne Reserve is a truly unique wild animal park with 600 acres of beautiful surroundings looking out across Romney Marsh and to the sea. Around 100 acres are dedicated to our 'African Experience' giving all visitors the opportunity to take a safari and see the animals roaming free. Visitors will have the chance to see critically endangered species: we have the largest collection of black rhino in the UK. We hope everyone understands the strong conservation aspect at Port Lympne Reserve while they visit us and long after they leave. We offer a range of experiences from short animal encounters to full-day wildlife photography courses. Activities can be booked on arrival and are subject to extra charges. There are four on foot zones waiting to be explored, where visitors can meet big cats and small cats in Carnivore Territory, marvel at the monkeys, lemurs and western lowland gorillas in the Primate Trail, grab a snack or board a safari truck at Basecamp and say 'hi' to the meerkats in the Discovery Zone. For those who are looking for an authentic overnight stay with a wild twist, the park provides the perfect options in the way of our unique lodges or cosy pods. Restaurants and kiosks are located around the park providing a variety of hot and cold snacks, alternatively visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy their food in one of the tranquil picnic areas with far reaching views across the Romney Marsh to the English Channel.

Site type

Lodges, cabins, pods or huts 10

Languages spoken


Nearest sites

Unfortunately, we have no nearby bookable sites.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed



Gastronomic delight



Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby


Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Leisure/theme park nearby


Port Lympne Reserve





CT21 4PD



Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)



Route directions

If you are travelling via car and prefer to use a satnav, please use postcode CT21 4LR. Travelling by car If you are travelling by road Port Lympne Reserve lies on the B2067, and is just past Ashford, Kent. It is also a short distance from Canterbury, Folkestone and the South East coast of England. Travelling from Surrey and West Sussex could not be easier. Your fastest route will be to join the M25 and travel in the direction of the Dartford Tunnel. Then take the M26/M20, and leave the M20 at Junction 11 just past Ashford. Port Lympne is a 10 minute drive from this point. Just follow the brown tourist signs to the park. Estimated travelling time from Junction 8 of the M25 is 1 hour and 10 minutes. Directions from London, Essex and East Sussex include joining the M25/ M26. Look for signposts to the M20 in the direction of Ashford to determine your direction of travel. Follow the M20 to Junction 11 and then follow the brown tourist signs to Port Lympne. Estimated travelling time from the M25/M26 or M25/M20 interchange is 45 minutes. Travelling by public transport Port Lympne Reserve is approximately a 1 hour and 20 minute train and bus journey from Charing Cross or Victoria railway station in London, or approximately 40 minutes from St Pancras International, London, on the high speed service. Take the train to Ashford International station, and from here take a bus journey from the domestic station side. The Stagecoach East Kent number 10 bus runs between Ashford and Folkestone via the park. If you prefer to travel to us by Coach, find your nearest service to Ashford International before connecting with the Stagecoach bus service. Travelling from overseas The park is easily reached from the Channel ports and is only a 10 minute drive from Le Shuttle terminal. Eurostar passengers alighting at Ashford International station can take the number 10 Stagecoach bus to the park entrance.

Nearest transport

1.6 mi Holiday Extras
1.6 mi Holiday Extras
1.7 mi Swan Lane
2 mi Westenhanger Rail Station
3 mi Sandling Rail Station
6.4 mi Ham Street Rail Station
5.3 mi Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal
14 mi Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal
14.6 mi Dover Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal
9 mi Lydd London Ashford Airport
24.2 mi Kent International Airport

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Visit the south Kent coast including Hythe, New Romney, Sandwich, Dover and Hastings. Also: - tenth-century St Leonard's Church and Crypt, with its ossuary - Brockhill Country Park with its Norman Manor and central lake - Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway - the large pebbled beach - the American Garden and its 20 acres of orchards - Royal Military Canal, 28 miles of cycling and walking paths and mini cruises

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Hythe 3.6 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Dymchurch 3.7 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good
St Mary'S Bay (Kent) 4.7 mi Sea Good N/A Good Good
Sandgate 5.3 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Littlestone 7.1 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park 0 mi

Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway 3.1 mi

Ashford Designer Outlet 7.5 mi

Camber Sands 13.4 mi

Kent & East Sussex Railway 13.7 mi

National Trust

Smallhythe Place 13.4 mi

Lamb House 14.6 mi

The White Cliffs of Dover 15.1 mi

South Foreland Lighthouse 16.6 mi

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 18.6 mi

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.




Hythe - Lympne - Royal Military Canal - Hythe 3.1 mi


Cheriton Hill 6.2 mi

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.


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