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Marwell Zoo

Head out on a safari in search of hippos, snow leopards and giraffes or check out unusual reptiles at this spacious zoo and wildlife park.

Marvel at swimming penguins and spot cheetahs hiding among the trees at Marwell Zoo, Winchester’s expansive wildlife park. Learn about a range of animals while relaxing on a steam train as it slowly weaves its way through this 140-acre (56-hectare) park.

Start your tour at Penguin Cove, which is located on your left as you enter the park. Watch the adorable Humboldt penguins as they amble about their rocky beach, then head to the underground viewing area to see them darting through the water.

Continue to the giraffe house to get up-close to the park’s tallest residents. Attend an informative talk at this enclosure to find out why the giraffe’s neck is so long.

Just round the corner, African Valley holds some of the park’s most exciting creatures. Look on in awe as cheetahs pace around the open field. Test your running speed to discover if you could outpace an ostrich or zebra.

Carry on to the Fur, Feathers and Scales section at the far end of the park. Look for wallabies as you explore the Australian bush and keep watch for flashes of exotic birds, including several species of parrot. Reptile lovers will enjoy watching the sinister-looking beaded lizard and slithering boas.

Don’t miss the pygmy hippos, which provide excellent entertainment as they splash and frolic in their pool. Admire the elegance and beauty of the snow leopards in the opposite enclosure.

If you’d like to discover more, hop aboard the pretty steam train. This will take you on a loop around a section of the park that presents great views of the rhino, flamingo and hippo enclosures.

Marwell Zoo is 8 miles (12.9 kilometers) south of Winchester. A local bus connects the zoo to Eastleigh and Winchester railway stations. The park has several cafés, as well as playgrounds and a gift shop. The park is open daily and there is an entry fee.


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Marwell Hotel

Thompson Lane, Winchester, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Marwell Zoo and within 9 miles (15 km) of University of Winchester and Winchester Cathedral. Ageas Bowl Cricket Ground and University of Southampton are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Travelodge Southampton Eastleigh
    Travelodge Southampton Eastleigh

    Travelodge Southampton Eastleigh

    Ham Farm A335 Twyford Road, Eastleigh, England
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Eastleigh, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Marwell Zoo, University of Southampton, and University of Winchester. Winchester Cathedral and Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km). Eastleigh Station is 25 minutes by foot.

      Crestwell House Bed & Breakfast £80
      Crestwell House Bed & Breakfast

      Crestwell House Bed & Breakfast

      30 The Crescent, Eastleigh, England
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is within 6 miles (10 km) of Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre, University of Southampton and Marwell Zoo. Southampton Solent University and Mayflower Theatre are also within 6 miles (10 km). Eastleigh Station is 5 minutes by foot.

        Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa
        Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa

        Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa

        Winchester Road, Boorley Green, Southampton, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Ageas Bowl Cricket Ground and within 6 miles (10 km) of Marwell Zoo and Wickham Park Golf Club. Riverside Park and Netley Abbey are also within 6 miles (10 km). Hedge End Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Beddoe Apartments £122
          Beddoe Apartments

          Beddoe Apartments

          48 Leigh Road, Eastleigh, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Eastleigh, this apartment building is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of Southampton and Marwell Zoo. Southampton Solent University and St. Mary's Stadium are also within 6 miles (10 km). Eastleigh Station is 8 minutes by foot.

            Eastleigh House close to Airport
            Eastleigh House close to Airport

            Eastleigh House close to Airport

            19 Cable Street, Eastleigh, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Eastleigh, this holiday home is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of Southampton and Marwell Zoo. Southampton Solent University and St. Mary's Stadium are also within 6 miles (10 km). Eastleigh Station is 12 minutes by foot and Southampton Airport (Parkway) Station is 30 minutes.

              Holiday Inn Southampton-Eastleigh M3, jct13 £68
              Holiday Inn Southampton-Eastleigh M3, jct13

              Holiday Inn Southampton-Eastleigh M3, jct13

              Leigh Road, Eastleigh, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University. Mayflower Theatre and Marwell Zoo are also within 6 miles (10 km). Eastleigh Station is 17 minutes by foot and Eastleigh Chandlers Ford Station is 30 minutes.

                Luna House Southampton Airport Eastleigh
                Luna House Southampton Airport Eastleigh

                Luna House Southampton Airport Eastleigh

                26 Pluto Road, Eastleigh, England
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Eastleigh, this holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre, University of Southampton and Marwell Zoo. Southampton Solent University and St. Mary's Stadium are also within 6 miles (10 km). Eastleigh Station is 12 minutes by foot.