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Explore New Forest Reptile Centre
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

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?

1 Star 1 Star

I have been coming to the New Forest every year for the last 10/12 years - and my visit to the NFRC today was one of the most surreal experiences I have had. I arrived (by NF Tour bus) at 12.30 and stayed for 1 1/2 hours. In that time I saw NOT ONE member of staff - the place was like a ghost town. In addition the car park ticket machine was not working, yet drivers could leave any donations as they so called visitor information was shut! Sorry, but this was not a good experience.

Nick, 5/Sep/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

What a wonderful place, we arrived expecting to spend 1 or 2 hours and ended up spending most of the day here with our two girls and dog. We visited on a Wild Wednesday so were able to take part in lots of free craft and nature activities. Over the course of the day we kept returning to the reptile enclosures and were lucky enough to see almost all of the inhabitants. The waymarked nature trail was lovely and just the right length for little legs. All the volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable, clearly with a love of their Forest and its wildlife. Incredibly impressed that all of this is provided for donations only. Highly recommended.

Viki, 22/Aug/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

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

Elaine Lacey, 31/Jul/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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