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Howletts Wild Animal Park

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Closes in 14 min: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Wonderful day out for all

Wonderful day out for all the family, from my 84yr old mother to my 2 yr old granddaughter, both of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jane M
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Deal, United Kingdom
Lovely, caring and informative

Visited howletts today - an odd idea in December I know but with the Clement weather and clear... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Matt S
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Lancing, United Kingdom
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Howletts Wild Animal Park is a 90 acre adventure in beautiful ancient parkland that is ideal for great days out in Kent with the entire family.
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Bekesbourne Road | Bekesbourne, Canterbury CT4 5EL, England
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+44 1227 721286
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Wonderful day out for all the family, from my 84yr old mother to my 2 yr old granddaughter, both of which had the advantage of being wheeled round the park. Everyone loved the visit enjoying the animals and a picnic lunch . The facilities were...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Jane M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited howletts today - an odd idea in December I know but with the Clement weather and clear skies it was worth taking the risk and it paid off. What a level of love and attention are paid to the animals in their care, it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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HowlettsPortLympne, Front Office Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your lovely review and pleased you enjoyed your visit, especially when the park is quieter. Here at Howletts the animals really do come first and the keepers take so much care of them. I do hope you will visit us again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am not a fan of zoos and this is not a zoo. Huge enclosures where animals are clearly well looked after and cared for. Well laid out, we went on a week day so was very quiet. Also out of season so some smaller...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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HowlettsPortLympne, Front Office Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your lovely review and we do hope you will visit us again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm not a fan of zoos and their confined spaces but reading about Howletts and the Aspinal Foundation convinced me that this was not a zoo at all. It is a massive 90 acres wildlife sanctuary with so many critically endangered species including my favourite...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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HowlettsPortLympne, Front Office Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for your lovely review and pleased you appreciated the work we do here. The animals really do come first here and are well cared for by the dedicated team of keepers we have here. I do hope you will visit us...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here during October half term and wow what a fantastic day we had plenty of animals to see and all of them look well looked after our particular favs were the elephants,gorillas,lions and tigers. The park is very clean and the food we brought...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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HowlettsPortLympne, Front Office Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely review and pleased you enjoyed your visit to see us. I do hope you will visit us again in the future.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Sunday in November so the park was pretty quiet, making it easy to see the animals. They seemed well cared for and the staff were knowledgeable and came across well during the talks. The only thing that was at all negative...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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HowlettsPortLympne, Front Office Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your recent visit to our park. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your comments of appreciation to our staff here and all they do to care for our animals. I have passed your comments on to our...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another brilliant day shared with the elephants, gorillas, tigers, leopards, lemurs, wild dogs, anteaters, lions, langurs, hogs, deer, and so many more animals. There were a few humans around too, but not many! A great way to reach the children about conservation and protecting the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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HowlettsPortLympne, Front Office Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review and pleased you enjoy your visits to the park and as a Member you will be able to see the park over the seasons. I do hope you visit us again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take the family.Enjoy the whole day in the wonderful park.My family have been many times and it’s great to see these lovely animals and how well they are looked after

Date of experience: November 2018
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HowlettsPortLympne, Front Office Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review and pleased you always enjoy your time here.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely staff, good food, great collection of animals, very well maintained and clean animals look happy. Free parking on site. THE BEST PART was the treetop challenge. Me and my partner arrived quite late but the staff was happy to let us do it.We loved...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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HowlettsPortLympne, Front Office Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review. I am pleased you enjoyed the Tree Top Challenge. This is a very popular activity to do here. I have passed your comments to the tree top team. I do hope you will visit us again in the future.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whilst on holiday we choose to visit Howletts, i have looked at coming here for ages. Very cold drizzly start to the day and not many animals out to see to start and I was thinking this isn't going to be a good day. (it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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HowlettsPortLympne, Front Office Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and pleased to learn you enjoyed your visit. With regards to the fruit, we use our fruit for the animals, but this is a 90 acre park with lots of fruit trees and it does take time to gather them,...More

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Mark S
6 October 2018|
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Response from BrandyEssex | Reviewed this property |
The enclosures are so big that we had no problem seeing or taking good clear photos, especially the elephants and rhinos. We went on a really hot day so some animals were obviously in the shade so not as well seen but that’s... More
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Maddie H
8 August 2018|
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Response from 38sallyj | Reviewed this property |
There is one main area that is hilly, near the red river hogs, but I’m sure you would be ok
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Bridget R
25 July 2018|
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Yes there are and clean too
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