The Port Lympne Experience includes ‘Palace of the Apes’ the World’s largest family gorilla house, the world’s largest captive breeding herd of black rhino outside Africa, snow leopards, wolves and red pandas, tigers, rare Barbary lions, hunting dogs and many more wonderful animals at risk in the wild. New features include glass fronted lion enclosures, enabling the closest of encounters with these awesome ‘kings of the jungle’ and an open-topped woodland home for the amazing ‘flying’ black and white colobus monkeys. You can walk around the park or enjoy a trailer safari ride, and there are 15 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens surrounding Port Lympne Mansion to add to this unique wild adventure. Palace of the Apes - the largest family gorilla house in the world. 400 acre wild animal park set in natural wild countryside Safari Trailer Ride Bachelor gorilla groups, tigers, lions, black rhino, wolves, monkeys and much more!
Magnificent Historic Mansion and elegant gardens Conservatory Restaurant and gift shop Animal feeding sessions Seasonal events and children's entertainment The African Experiences – a taste of the African Savannah – in Kent Children’s playground Port Lympne Historic Mansion and Gardens *Please note that due to conferences and functions the mansion is no longer open every day. It is open at Easter, Bank Holidays and for the school summer holidays. Described by Country Life as the last historic house to be built in the 20th century, Port Lympne was designed by the remowned architect Sir Herbert Baker for Sir Philip Sassoon during World War I, and represents his best work. Between the wars, Sir Philip entertained many famous people here including Lloyd George, the Prince of Wales and Mrs Simpson, Queen Mary, Charlie Chaplin, Lawrence of Arabia and Winston Churchill to name but a few. Highlights of the mansion and gardens include... The Spencer Roberts Mural Room - depicting animals and birds of South East Asia. The Rex Whistler Tent Room - recently restored by experts from the Tate Gallery The Martin Jordan Mural Room showing dramatic scenes from around the animal kingdom The striking Moorish Patio and terraces Fifteen acres of beautiful landscaped gardens including vineyard, figary, sundial and chess board gardens The 125 step Trojan Stairway giving panoramic views across Romney Marsh and the English Channel to the French coastline. Ponds, fountains and numerous 'secret grottos' Many fine statues, busts, paintings and other works of art. The Gardens... The stunning 15.5 acres of gardens at Port Lympne were originally designed by Sir Philip Sassoon and executed by Philip Tilden from 1919. Altered over the years by many different owners, they still retain their beauty and their appeal.
Originally cut out of the old sea cliffs overlooking Romney Marsh and the English Channel the gardens have a special and unique attraction and atmosphere rarely found in other gardens. The climate here is as unpredictable as in the Channel itself, which makes gardening here an individual challenge. In Philip Sassoon’s day there was a core gardening staff of 14. This rose to no less than 20 in August - the month he lived and entertained at Port Lympne. Now there are only 9. The gardens are made up of terraces, avenues of lime trees, stunning borders, a rare private vineyard, fig yard and specially themed gardens such as the Sundial Garden, the Chess Board Garden and the Striped Garden . The outer part of the gardens is allowed to grow wild to encourage indigenous wildlife. A large number of species abound including myriad birds, butterflies, bees and dragonflies, foxes, rabbits, frogs, toads, newts and lizards – adding to the wildlife park feel of this extraordinarily magical place!
Admission PricesPrices below are based on the walk-up price to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. Save up to 20% when you purchase your single visit tickets online.
Both parks are open every day except Christmas Day
Summer Sat 2nd April - Sunday 30th October 2011: 9.30am-6.30pm (last admission 3pm)
Winter from Monday 31st october 2011: 10am-5pm (last admission 1pm)
Buggies and pushchairs are not permitted on the vehicles so please leave these at the buggy park at Basecamp at your own risk. Buggies are available for use in each zone.
NEW Port Lympne Passport
For the price of a standard entry ticket to Port Lympne Wild
Animal Park you can enjoy the park all year round with the NEW Port
Lympne Passport. You will get FREE entry to Port Lympne for an amazing
12 months from the date of your first visit.
Passport tickets for Howletts or Port Lympne Wild
Animal Parks are not yet available online. You can upgrade your ticket
purchased online to a Passport on entry to your chosen park for an
|Ticket Type (including safari)
||17 years and over
||3-16 years old (must be accompanied by an adult)
Unfortunately we do not allow dogs into the parks. Please do not leave
dogs in your car. We recommend that you find alternative arrangements
for your dogs while you visit.
We regret that balls, balloons, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades
e.t.c are not permitted within the park. Please leave these items in