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

Now closed to vehicles for the winter

Will re-open on 1st April 2017

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

Grandchildren were mesmerized by the reptiles that they saw. A absolutely absorbing day out.

Barrie newth, 16/Feb/2017
1 Star 1 Star

Couldn't even find it. No sign posts.FFamily day completely ruined. Don't bother. Go somewhere else.

Anonymous, 23/Oct/2016

I am very sorry you weren’t able to find the New Forest Reptile Centre, I must ask was your visit after the end of September? The site is closed now for the autumn and winter as the animals are dormant. So, at this time of year there are no signs up on the roadside and the barrier is closed. The site is still accessible on foot, horse of bike and many people pass through while out on long treks. I’m afraid this is what might explain the problems you had on your visit. I’m sorry you weren’t aware and it spoiled your plans. Please visit the webpage for more information. The centre will open again in time for the Spring school holidays (Hants dates), when all the facilities will be open, there will be very clear signs on the A35 and each Wednesday through the school holidays there will be extra activities for the kids during our Wild Wednesdays. Recreation Ranger

Forestry Commission Response
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
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Last updated: 15th February 2017

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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.
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OS Grid ref: SU 271 071
Postcode: SO43 7GR

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