Explore New Forest Reptile Centre
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

The Reptile Centre is open daily between 10am and 4.30pm, until the end of September.

Discover more about British reptiles and New Forest Reptile Centreamphibians and how they are being conserved in the New Forest.

Specially created display enclosures allow you to safely study these animals.

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. 

In addition to reptiles and amphibians, the New Forest Reptile Centre is home to 'A Date With Nature in the New Forest' which affords an opportunity to see birds of prey close up on nest cams.  This project is a collaboration between the RSPB, along with the New Forest National Park Authority, the Forestry Commission and Carnyx Wild.

There is also a self guided trail through the forest and woodland picnic area.

Parking and entry is FREE, however, a donation is welcome by use of the car park ticket machine.

New Forest NestCam 

Reptile Centre Trail 

The trail mainly follows a fairly smooth gravelled surface, although the final section is a grassy path that can become muddy during wet weather.

Reptile Centre Podcast

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?

Is this park open on 18-Apr-2014?

BAS, 13/Apr/2014

Thank you for your comment. The New Forest Reptile Centre is open daily from 10am until 4.30pm until the end of September. It will therefore be open on Friday 18th April for your visit.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

well it is... THE BEST

louis, 21/Feb/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

I'd definitely recommend a visit and I will be coming back this year, all being well, as I want to see the wildlife I didn't get to see last time. Great to see an Adder and a Smooth Snake for the first time as well as the other fascinating wildlife. The great thing about this establishment is that you can appreciate Britain's wildlife at a central spot without having to go out and finding the wildlife which is a very difficult exercise due to the elusive nature of the animals concerned. A top job indeed.

Rob, 5/Jan/2014
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What's Here?

  • Dogs
  • We kindly request that dogs are kept on leads at the Reptile Centre
  • Picnic
  • Bring a rug and have your picnic sat on the green and enjoy the sun.
  • Walking
  • A circular trail through the woods of the New Forest Reptile Centre in Lyndhurst.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets are available in the Reptile Centre car park.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU 271 071
Postcode: SO43 7GR

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General Enquiries

023 8028 3141

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
The Reptile Centre is now closed, but will re-open Easter 2014

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