Explore New Forest Reptile Centre
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.1/5)

The Reptile Centre is now closed to traffic until Spring 2015

The animals will be in hibernation

The site may still be accessed by foot, bicycle or horse from the inclosure gate near to the Portuguese Fireplace.  The nearest parking is Millyford Bridge car park

Try the self guided Discovery Trail  - download the pdf from the link at the bottom right of this page

Accessing it from the Portuguese Fireplace will mean doing it in a different order to the leaflet, but follow the map from the pond.  

Next year...

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'  (Now closed until spring 2015)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. Please visit us in 2015.

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

We visited for the first time. The staff were very good and informative. The kids 6 and 3 really enjoyed themselves. We even got to see the black adder with very lovely markings. We would definitely go again in the future.

Carl, 13/Aug/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

We visited for the first time on Saturday 10th May and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We took our 7 year old and she loved it. We were surprised at just how many animals we were able to see, there were so many slow worms and lizards moving around the enclosures and several adders out too including an unusual black one. The staff there were extremely helpful (a woman and her young son) and would help us find the animals in their enclosures as well as educate us about them. We were also given a leaflet with a short walk we could follow which is perfect for small children as its not too far. I highly recommend this as a great place to spend a few hours in the New Forest. Thanks

Charlie, 12/May/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Great place! We visited two times with our children (3 and 5 years old) and they loved it. Now we are back home we are watching the goshawks daily! Thank you very much for this quiet, refreshingly multi media-free and informative place!

Julia, 6/May/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

0300 067 4601

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
The Reptile Centre is now closed, but will re-open Easter 2015

PDF Downloads

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