Visitor Information

Opening times

The Living Rainforest is open daily, with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. We open at 10am and close at 5.00pm. Last visitors are admitted at 4.30pm each day. How to contact us

Location and directions

map_lgBy car, the Living Rainforest is approximately 30 minutes from Oxford or Reading, 45 minutes from west London or Southampton, and 1 hour from Bristol. You can follow brown tourist information signs from the A34 / M4 Junction 13 intersection, which is about 10 minutes away. A bus service from Newbury to the nearby village of Hampstead Norreys operates six days a week. Find out more about visiting by public transport. Maps and full directions by car or public transport

Admission prices

Please ‘Gift Aid’ your admission and help The Living Rainforest! Gift Aid is a scheme to encourage individuals and businesses to donate more money to charity. Under the scheme, UK charities can claim back the basic rate tax already paid on gifts of money received from individuals who pay or have paid UK tax. Currently this means that if you Gift Aid your admission (at no extra cost to you), the government will give us an extra 25% on top of your donation. It makes a substantial difference to charities such as The Living Rainforest.

Admission Prices

(entitles the purchaser to an Annual Ticket, which allows free entry for one year)

  • Adult £10.95Goeldi family
  • Child (2- 14) £8.85
  • Under 2 Free
  • OAP/Student/Con. £10.25
  • Family (2A + 2C) £35.15
  • Family (1A + 3C) £33.25
  • Carer Free

The standard admission price entitles the purchaser to an Annual Ticket, which allows free entry for one year. Terms & Conditions apply: 1. An Annual Ticket is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and gives the purchaser free regular admission to The Living Rainforest visitor centre, excluding Bank Holidays from March to September. 2. Returning Annual Ticket holders must present their tickets to the cashier for inspection. 3. Annual Tickets are non-transferable and non-redeemable. 4. Entry will not be given in the absence of a valid ticket, unless a new one is purchased. 5. In the event of a lost Annual Ticket, if you can are able to prove your identity/address to us with valid Photo ID, and we are able to match this with the information on our records, we will do our level best to re-issue you with a replacement ticket. 6. While the Annual Ticket provides free regular admission to The Living Rainforest, occasional workshops, activities and other events may be charged separately.  6. The management reserves the right to change the terms and conditions of this offer at any time, without prior notice.


HibiscusExplore the rainforest, and discover its wonders for yourself. Look out for free roaming lizards, birds and butterflies – you never know where they will appear next! Plus … monkeys, an armadillo, and much more. See some of the world’s most popular food plants – bananas, coffee, cocoa, ginger, vanilla … – and plants that give us life-enhancing medicines, cosmetics and building materials. More about exhibits…

Shop, cafe, parking and other facilities

  • Shop with rainforest-themed gifts and educational toys and games
  • Cafe serving a range of snacks and drinks, including rainforest-friendly ground coffee
  • Outside children’s play and picnic area with a jungle feel
  • Free parking, coaches welcome

Access for all

The Living Rainforest is fully wheelchair accessible. The centre is family and baby friendly, with nappy-changing and bottle warming facilities available. We regret that assistance dogs are not allowed inside the greenhouses, as the presence of dogs is very stressful for all our animals, both free ranging and captive. The collection is disease controlled and worm tested on a regular basis; the presence of a non-quarantined animal in the greenhouses would significantly increase the risk of disease transfer. Assistance dogs are allowed in the cafe and shop on a lead; we do not allow dogs in the children’s play area and picnic area.

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