Now closed to vehicles for the winter
The animals will be less active now or even in hibernation
Discover more about British reptiles and amphibians and how they are being conserved in the New Forest.
Specially created display enclosures allow you to study these animals in close-up.
We have the only collection of all the native lizards, snakes, frogs and toads, including Britain's only venomous snake - the adder - and rarest lizard - the sand lizard.
Find out what you can see in the pods by downloading a copy of the New Forest Reptile Centre fact sheet.
Re-opens in time for Easter and the spring school holidays (Hampshire dates). Click here for further information.
During your visit try the self guided Discovery Trail. You can download a pdf by clicking here . The trail now starts and finishes at the Millyford Bridge end of the trail (for winter), not far from the Portuguese Fireplace. Use the pond at the top to orientate yourself. The trail is a circular walk so may still be used.
Take your very own 'ranger' out in the New Forest by downloading the New Forest Reptile Centre Podcast for your MP3 player by clicking here.
What do other visitors say?
1 StarAnonymous, 23/Oct/2016
Couldn't even find it. No sign posts.FFamily day completely ruined. Don't bother. Go somewhere else.
Forestry Commission Response
I am very sorry you weren’t able to find the New Forest Reptile Centre, I must ask was your visit after the end of September? The site is closed now for the autumn and winter as the animals are dormant. So, at this time of year there are no signs up on the roadside and the barrier is closed. The site is still accessible on foot, horse of bike and many people pass through while out on long treks. I’m afraid this is what might explain the problems you had on your visit. I’m sorry you weren’t aware and it spoiled your plans. Please visit the webpage for more information. The centre will open again in time for the Spring school holidays (Hants dates), when all the facilities will be open, there will be very clear signs on the A35 and each Wednesday through the school holidays there will be extra activities for the kids during our Wild Wednesdays. Recreation Ranger
5 StarsTara, 20/Jul/2016
We love this place & regularly visit with our naturalist 6 yr old! The staff are friendly & knowledgeable & will always try & help you find all the reptiles & amphibians in the displays. If you go on the nature walk & find the pond it is teeming with life. We've found our own newts, frogs & a toad! Watching the butterflies & dragonflies is great too! Enjoy!
4 StarsAnonymous, 3/Jun/2016
I visited here today with my 5 year old grandson and his friend. We saw 3 adders, frogs, a sand lizard and a natterjack toad. The boys loved it, the staff were very friendly and helpful - we'll definitely visit again.