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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)

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 now live on a goshawk nest. The female is sitting on eggs at the moment. 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

We made an impromptu visit on 16th July as we happened to spot the brown road sign. Brilliant place. Great to see the various creatures at close quarters in the pods. Enjoyed the trail and a quiet picnic afterwards. Volunteers were really helpful and enthusiastic, particularly the lady who guided us around the pods. Thanks very much.

Sian and George, 17/Jul/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Fantastic place with very helpful and knowledgeable volunteers. We saw all the species (with a bit of patience!) most we'd never seen before. A hidden gem! Will definitely be coming back.

Jane, 7/Jun/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

I recently visited the Reptile Centre and was very pleased with my experience. It was amazing to see snakes and other reptiles in their natural habitat. The staff members were super friendly and knowledgeable. The only thing I would suggest is to install a cafeteria with drinks and some snacks/sandwiches. The reptile centre is also a great picnic spot, but some people like myself walk without food on me and rely on cafes on the way :)

Anonymous, 30/Apr/2017
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Last updated: 5th May 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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0300 067 4601

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