Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

The Reptile Centre has now closed for the season. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2022.

How to find us

How to find us
Lyndhurst Road, Lyndhurst
Sat Nav Postcode: SO43 7GR
By Car

By car the New Forest Reptile Centre is 2 miles south west of Lyndhurst, just off the A35.

OS Grid Ref
SU 271 071

50.863023544866, -1.6166872745293

Parking and prices

The car park is currently closed.

There isn’t a charge to park at this site, we welcome a donation of £3 per visit.

Please park only in designated car parks, not on a verge or in gateways.

Please lock your car, taking any valuables with you and leave by 3.30pm.

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Please park in designated coach parking area, on left before the main car park.  Donations welcome.

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Toilets

Contact details

The New Forest Reptile Centre

At The New Forest Reptile Centre, near Lyndhurst, we help protect rare snakes and lizards and encourage the re-introduction of these animals across the country. There are special outdoor ‘pods’ at the Centre which provide a natural home to the sand lizard, smooth snake and adder. These reptiles can be difficult to see in the wild as they are rare and very secretive, so the Reptile Centre is a great place to see them close-up.

Opening times are seasonal and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2022.

At a glance

  • 1 Walking trail
  • Cycling trails

Nearby forests

A herd of deer in a glade in the forest

Bolderwood provides an ideal setting for visitors to find out more about the famous herd of Fallow deer, which live in and around the area and explore the historical connection to the Crown.

Boy counting tree rings on a very old tree that's been felled.

Blackwater arboretum is an idyllic setting with a stunning variety of beautiful trees from around the world. Inspired by the tree collection at this special place, a sensory sculpture trail complements the setting.

Explore Blackwater on two wheels by following the New Forest’s great network of cycle trails.

Woman running with dog

Enjoy the stunning views of the heathland and trees beyond. This is an ideal spot for all the family with good waymarked walking trail that pass by the nearby Ober Water stream.

Sun shining through the trees in a pine forest

If you are looking for an ideal spot for picnicing, a walk in the woods or amazing views then Wilverley has it all. 

From the car park there's easy access into the adjoining woodland with a waymarked trail. The extensive grassy lawn offers valuable grazing for ponies and beyond the Forest lawn the heathland is home to many important bird species.

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