Wingham Wildlife Park

Wingham Wildlife Park is home to a wide variety of animals from the domestic petting type ones to tigers, penguins, jaguars, sheep and so much more. As well as the animals, there are indoor and outdoor play areas and 2 cafes. Wingham Wildlife Park houses more species than any other zoo in Kent, in addition to mini diggers, go-karts, hands on encounters, animal talks and feeding shows, museum exhibits and beautiful picnic locations.


We were pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of animals at Wingham – every corner you turned there seemed to be something else unexpected, be it a tiger, wallaby, monkey or wolf! There wasn’t much to read about all of the varieties, though that didn’t take away too much from the experience of seeing some of the huge animals up close.

The indoor play area requires you to wear socks so remember to pack some, or you can buy there. Plenty of tables for outdoor picnics, so weather permitting pack yourself something up and treat yourself to an ice-cream from the stall! A good place for kids to run about and the outdoor play area was pretty well equipped. Perhaps more so for older kids than toddlers. We had a great day out at Wingham and would recommend it for a day trip.

Free on-site parking and easy to find. As with most of these places, you have to walk through the shop to exit so be ready to rush the kids through if you don’t want to come home with a cuddly penguin!

Address: Rusham Road, Wingham, Kent, CT3 1JL.


Playground: Yes, a large wooden obstacle course type outdoor playground and indoor soft play area which contains over 3,300 square feet of soft play fun, over 3 levels.

Cafe: The park has 2 cafes, with the one in the reception area only being open during the high season.

At least one of the cafes will be open from 10:00am until 3:00pm serving a number of items, from hot and cold meals cooked to order, through to hot and cold drinks and snacks to have there or take away. There are also covered picnic areas and plenty of space outside to eat.

Toilets: Yes, several – including accessible toilets and baby change.

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: We took a pushchair and had no problems at all, so very accessible.

Parking: Yes – free on-site parking.

Nearest Station: Canterbury or Sandwich.

Phone: 01227 720836.

Email: Online form via their website.


Opening Times;

We are open all-year-round, 7 days-a-week, apart from the Christmas period when we are closed on the 25th of December.

Winter (October – March) 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Summer (April – September) 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Last admission 1 hour before park closing

Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) – £48. Other tickets available.


Review by Philippa Hulse

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