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Port Lympne Reserve

Port Lympne Reserve, one of Kent’s most popular and award winning visitor attractions is celebrating its 40th birthday throughout 2016.  Originally opened to the public in 1976, The Reserve, near Ashford is home to over 700 rare and endangered species and is now Europe’s first animal focused holiday destination, offering visitors a variety of short break accommodations.

Plans for 2016 have been revealed at the popular visitor attraction, which will see the arrival of the county’s first ever breeding pair of spectacled bears and an epic dinosaur exhibit, with over 100 anatomically correct and life sized models, including the T Rex, diplodocus and Pterodactyl. 

Set over 600 acres, Port Lympne is home to the UK’s most authentic safari experience, The African Experience – 100 acres alive with African animals.  During 2016 the popular safari experience will incorporate an Asian theme, where water buffalo will roam with other Asian animals, whilst new arrivals are expected across the park as successful breeding programmes continue.

Visitors to Port Lympne throughout the year are promised a super, natural and epic day out as they explore wooded pathways to discover where the wild things are and see the UK’s largest herd of black rhino, big cats, small cats, primates, western lowland gorillas and more.

Throughout 2016 visitors can take advantage of special themed events at Port Lympne, included in the price of the ticket at no extra cost!  Visitors can also book additional activities for an extra special day, including bespoke safaris, guided tours, team building activities, keeper experiences and many more.  Restaurants and kiosks are located around the park providing a variety of hot and cold snacks.  

The Reserve, is the only visitor attraction in the UK offering a variety of short break accommodations, including fun and family friendly camping at Pinewood pods, luxury glamping at multi award winning Livingstone Lodge and the newly launched Bear Lodge, year round relaxation at Livingstone Cottage and the boutique Port Lympne Hotel and the height of contemporary style at the Treehouse Hotel. In 2016 guests will be able to sleep within a whisker of the park’s Amur tiger family, when they book a stay at the brand new tiger lodge overnight experience.



  • Guided tours
  • Groups welcome
  • Coaches welcome
  • Disabled toilets
  • Disabled parking
  • Conference / Meeting facilities
  • Free wi-fi
  • Gift shop
  • Baby facilities (e.g. baby changing)
  • Restaurant / Cafe / Tea shop
  • Wedding Venue