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Explore New Forest Reptile Centre
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

Now closed to vehicles for the winter

The animals will be less active now or even in hibernation

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 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.




New Forest Nestcam 


Re-opens in time for Easter and the spring school holidays (Hampshire dates). Click here for further information.

  Discovery Trail 


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.

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 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.

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What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

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!

Tara, 20/Jul/2016
4 Stars 4 Stars

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.

Anonymous, 3/Jun/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

We have visited here a few times with our 4 year old and always enjoy it. We were lucky enough to see 3 adders, 2 sand lizards and a slow worm on our recent visit. The staff are always friendly and there are plenty of birds to spot too. Also toilets, nice picnic benches and nearby trail. We'll be back soon no doubt

Amanda, 17/Apr/2016
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Last updated: 6th October 2016

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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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0300 067 4601

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