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Howletts Wild Animal Park

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Bekesbourne Road | Bekesbourne, Canterbury CT4 5EL, England
+44 1227 721286
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Very overpriced

Came here with 3 little Ines and straight anyway felt that pricing was extortionate but didn't... read more

Reviewed today
Peta P
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Sidcup, United Kingdom
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Large park with some animals

I used to enjoy visiting this park but it is now overpriced and there are lots of empty habitat... read more

Reviewed today
Mezzia M
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“port lympne” (100 reviews)
“big cats” (50 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Bekesbourne Road | Bekesbourne, Canterbury CT4 5EL, England
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+44 1227 721286
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"port lympne"
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"visited howletts"
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"big cats"
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"endangered species"
in 38 reviews
"aspinall foundation"
in 31 reviews
"tree top challenge"
in 29 reviews
"large enclosures"
in 28 reviews
"great family day"
in 23 reviews
"plenty of picnic areas"
in 16 reviews
"snow leopard"
in 15 reviews
"feeding times"
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"annual pass"
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"day ticket"
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"conservation work"
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"animals seem"
in 19 reviews
"beautiful animals"
in 15 reviews
"play area"
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Reviewed today via mobile

Came here with 3 little Ines and straight anyway felt that pricing was extortionate but didn't quibble. Well I was right. Hardly saw any animals and most enclosure didn't appear to have anything in them as they were under maintenance. As was the tree top...More

Thank Peta P
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Reviewed today

I used to enjoy visiting this park but it is now overpriced and there are lots of empty habitat with no animals in sight. The ones we saw seemed either under nourished or sick, bad enough seeing animals caged up but they did not look...More

Thank Mezzia M
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited on a Friday in term time. Not busy at all and were able to view all animals easily. I think the zoo should add more info on the animals in each enclosure (he where they are from, relatives, information about diets. Gestation, etc). Well...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wonderful setting to wonder around in, however, even with the help of the zoo’s map, (that I had to ask for when paying) we still became lost! There are maps and sign posts displayed around the zoo, however, they are few and far between, and...More

Thank 367niki89
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HowlettsPortLympne, Front Office Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your comments. It is usual practice for us not to lock our animals in their enclosures. They would have heard the strimmer and not seen it causing stress to them whereas they could see what was going on and then they had...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The animals and park are worth the visit but take your own food as I found the food overpriced and well under quality you would expect for the price

Thank deejar69
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HowlettsPortLympne, Front Office Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review. I was pleased that you enjoyed the animals and I have passed your comments regarding the food to our Catering Manager.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absaloutly love it here!!! The grounds are lovely all the animals are all well looked after and happy... all staff are caring and polite... my mother in law had an elephant experience and due to there only being two of them participating we got to...More

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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. I will pass your comments on to the team of elephant keepers. So pleased the elephant experience went well. I do hope you will visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here with my 11 year old daughter on a super hot day at the end of April! We were a bit bored tbh, it was extremely quiet (which we would normally prefer ) and hardly any staff around! There was a group of what...More

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HowlettsPortLympne, Front Office Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review and I was sorry to learn that you were bored. I have passed your comments to the Estates Manager. I do hope you will reconsider coming back.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we stayed in the safari resort and it was honestly unbelievable. it felt like we were right out on the Serengeti not in Kent! we visited in October so we worried the weather might not be great but it was stunning! the best part of...More

Thank emmawatsonjade
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HowlettsPortLympne, Front Office Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

I was pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay at Port Lympne Reserve. I will pass your comments to them.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here last year and it was cold, but still enjoyable, the animals are kept in good enclosures and it was lovely to see the Elephants wandering around even the baby elephant was cute, is a little expensive i have to say, but its a...More

Thank Cazzy1971
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HowlettsPortLympne, Front Office Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review and was pleased to learn that you enjoyed your visit. Please visit us again soon, but not in the school holidays as it gets really busy then!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a day in Canterbury and chose to spend the afternoon at the park. They have a great approach to putting the animals first. The park is about conservation and hence the animals there are all at risk. The enclosures are brilliantly designed to...More

Thank Graham C
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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 I was pleased to learn that you appreciate our work and we definitely put our animals first. We try to recreate their natural habitat when the enclosures are designed as you would have seen with our new snow...More

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