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Port Lympne Reserve

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General

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.


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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Gastronomic delight

Luxury

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Leisure/theme park nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Pre-erected tents

Location

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  • Lympne Hythe, Kent, England, CT21 4PD
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.0775°N 1.0009°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Newingreen (Kent): Ashford Rd Coach Stop — 1.6 miles
Sellindge (Kent): Ashford Rd Coach Stop — 1.7 miles
Hythe (Kent) Coach Stop — 3.5 miles
Train stations
Westenhanger Rail Station — 2.0 miles
Sandling Rail Station — 3.0 miles
Ham Street Rail Station — 6.4 miles
Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal — 5.3 miles
Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal — 14.0 miles
Dover Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal — 14.6 miles
Airports
Lydd London Ashford Airport — 9.0 miles
Kent International Airport — 24.2 miles

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.

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

Must see

  • Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (0.0 miles)
  • Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (3.1 miles)
  • Ashford Designer Outlet (7.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Smallhythe Place (13.4 miles)
  • Lamb House (14.6 miles)

Cycle routes

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

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

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