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

Now open for Spring and Summer 2017

Every day of the week

10am to 4.30pm

Free entry

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

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
5 Stars 5 Stars

After trekking several kilometres through forest to get there, it was a massive treat. I have dreamed of seeing an adder for 2 decades, and here I saw THREE! The staff are very friendly and approaching.

However, FORESTRY COMMISSION / RSPB - you really do need to install a cafeteria here, it would be super popular, especially for us hikers!!! This is hiking territory :)


Hadrian, 9/Apr/2017
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Last updated: 22nd June 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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0300 067 4601

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