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Explore New Forest Reptile Centre
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

Now open every day, including Sundays

10am to 4.30pm until 28th September 2018

(A Date with Nature is open until 2nd Sept 2018)

Entry to the Centre is free, although donations for parking are welcome.

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 

Camera is no longer live as the goshawks have fledged successfully. Two chicks survived and are now looking after themselves. Click here for further information.

  Discovery Trail 

During your visit try the self guided Discovery Trail. You can download a pdf by clicking here Please note: the trail starts and finishes at the Reptile Centre.  It is a circular walk of about 1 mile.

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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

Wonderful visit supported by friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. Highly recommend this experience.

Elaine Lacey, 31/Jul/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

If you are interested in Reptiles in the first place, then this hidden sanctuary is a little gem. The place is well kept, with no unwanted commercial activities to spoil your day and staff who have a real dedicated passion to their craft.

We went as a family, husband, wife and three children aged up to 12 at the time. Each of us enjoyed it in equal measure and managed to see all sorts of Reptilian Wildlife we had no idea existed in our local area.

The staff are so knowledgeable and will also help teach you about each creature, it's habitat and allow you to watch during feeding times (if you can stomach it).

I would recommend not allowing small children to watch the snakes feeding as this can be quite disturbing to a child, but fascinating all the same from a naturalistic perspective.

We will visit again.

MR JB - Bournemouth, 11/Jul/2018
4 Stars 4 Stars

We had a lovely couple of hours here on a pleasant Sunday which started cooler but warmed up over lunch time to approx 20C

We started with a picnic. It was a very pleasant spot with picnic benches.

We saw everything in the pits. My 5 year old really enjoyed looking for them. The staff were really warm and friendly and very informative. They really helped us to make the most out of our visit.

We saw the goshawk chicks on the nest cam. Then we followed the trail which is available on printed sheets in the information centre.

I will definitely come back even if it's for a lovely unspoilt walk in the surrounding forest tracks.

The only thing that let it down was the toilet. It is nice to have the toilet there and it was well stocked with soap and paper which is always good. But it could do with a refurb.

Claire, 10/Jun/2018
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Last updated: 11th July 2018

Help us take care of your forest

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:
10am - 4.30pm
entry to the Centre is free, although donations for parking are welcome.

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