The Living Rainforest

Why visit us?

Explore the rainforest without leaving the UK. With over 850 species of plants and animals, you can watch birds, butterflies and lizards roam free in our tropical glasshouses.

Opening times

We have implemented a new visit reservation system with two timed visits 9.30 – 12.30 and 1.00 – 4.00

(To help to keep our visitors safe we will be closed each day between 12.30 – 1.00pm to deep clean the premises)

Ticket prices

Our great value annual passes allow unlimited visits for one year (each visit must be pre-booked)

annual/member day/non-member (with Gift Aid*) day/non-member (without Gift Aid)
Aged 15 to 59 Years
£14.22 £11.85 £10.67
Aged 2 to 14 Years
£11.46 £9.55 £8.60
Aged under 2 years
Free Free Free
Senior / Student
Senior 60+ Years / Student with NUS card
£13.32 £11.10 £9.99
Family 2 Adults & 2 Children
2 adults & 2 children (under 15 years)
£45.78 £38.15 £34.34
Family 1 Adults & 3 Children
1 Adult & 3 children (under 15 years)
£43.32 £36.10 £32.49
Carer for paying guest with accessibility needs
Proof of entitlement required
Free Free Free
Disabled Adult
Proof of Entitlement may be required, we accept Gateway and Compass cards, letters from Disability Support Services, Personal Independence Payment letters and blue badges (these should be left in your vehicle)
£13.32 £11.10 £9.99
Disabled Child
Aged 2 to 14 Years
£10.92 £9.10 £8.19

Terms & conditions apply.

How to find us

The Living Rainforest
Hampstead Norreys, near Newbury, Berkshire
RG18 0TN

By car, we are 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 15-20 minutes away.

Avoid delays – check for local roadworks

Parking – check car park status

by car

The Living Rainforest is clearly signposted from the A34 / M4 Junction 13 intersection at Chieveley.

From London or Bristol
Leave the M4 at Junction 13 at Chieveley and follow the Rainforest signs.

From Reading
Access Hampstead Norreys via the M4 Junction 13 exit at Chieveley, or via Pangbourne and Ashampstead.

From Oxford
Take the A34 towards Newbury. Exit at East Ilsley and follow the signs to Hampstead Norreys, and then the brown Tourist Information signs to the Living Rainforest. Please note that this route is unsuitable for coaches. Larger vehicles should follow the M4 Junction 13 exit at Chieveley.

From Newbury
Take B4009 from Robin Hood roundabout to Hermitage (via Curridge). From Hermitage, follow the Rainforest signs. Alternatively, access the Living Rainforest via the M4 Junction 13 exit at Chieveley.

Coach Drivers, Please Note
Coach Satellite Navigation systems may attempt to direct coaches off the M4 at Junction 12. This road is largely unsuitable for coaches and there are limited signposts. Please ensure that your driver follows the directions given on our website, exiting at Junction 13 of the M4, and allowing plenty of time to navigate small lanes.

by public transport


The nearest train stations are Newbury (20 minutes drive), Pangbourne, and Goring and Streatley (both approximately 15 minutes drive). These stations all have regular services to London, with a journey time of approximately one hour.

Taxis from Newbury typically cost around £25 – visitors are advised to book in advance and pre-arrange the taxi fare before travelling to avoid any unwanted surprises.


There is an occasional bus service from Newbury to “Hampstead Norreys, Water Street” which is a 25 minute walk from The Living Rainforest (1.2 miles). Please note that the walk is uphill and part of it is without a pavement so may not be suitable for everyone.

When we last checked there was one bus in the morning leaving Newbury bus station at 10:50, with buses returning in the afternoon at approximately 2pm or 4pm. Please check here for up to date service information before travelling. Note that this service does not operate on Sundays or Bank Holidays.

Green discount

The Living Rainforest offers a Green Discount of £1 off the admission price for each individual arriving by bus or bicycle (this discount does not apply to already-discounted group admission rates). If you arrive by bus, please show your ticket at the front reception desk to claim your green discount.


by taxi

Taxis from Newbury typically cost around £25 – visitors are advised to book in advance and pre-arrange the taxi fare before travelling to avoid any unwanted surprises.


Gift shop at the Living Rainforest, with rainforest-themed gifts and educational toys & games.

Our shop

Our gift shop is packed with rainforest-themed gifts and educational toys & games.

A cup of rainforest friendly coffee served at the Living Rainforest

Takeaway food

We offer a limited range of takeaway snacks and drinks, including rainforest-friendly ground coffee.

A smiling young boy at the top of the slide in the outside play area at the Living Rainforest

Outside play area (currently unavailable)

We have an outside children’s play area with a rainforest theme, however this is currently closed for social distancing reasons. We apologise for any inconvenience.

A wheelchair user

Access for all

Wheelchair accessible: We are fully wheelchair accessible and have designated disabled parking spaces.
Family friendly: Family and baby friendly, with nappy-changing facilities available.
Assistance dogs: Assistance dogs on a lead are welcome in the outdoor cafe seating area and other outdoor zones. We regret that we are not able to allow assistance dogs inside the rainforest glasshouses, as their presence is stressful for our animals.

Please contact us if you would like any further information about accessibility or making the most of your visit.

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Making the most of your visit