The Living Rainforest

Why visit us?

Explore the rainforest without leaving the UK. With over 900 species of plants and animals, you can watch birds 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)
Adult
Aged 15 to 59 Years
£24.83 £13.85 £12.35
Child
Aged 2 to 14 Years
£19.58 £11.25 £9.95
Infant
Aged under 2 years
Free Free Free
Senior / Student
Senior 60+ Years / Student with NUS card
£22.88 £12.85 £11.50
Family 2 Adults & 2 Children
2 adults & 2 children (under 15 years)
£78.75 £44.00 £40.00
Family 1 Adults & 3 Children
1 Adult & 3 children (under 15 years)
£75.00 £41.25 £37.50
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)
£22.88 £12.65 £11.50
Disabled Child
Aged 2 to 14 Years
£19.50 £10.45 £9.45

Terms & conditions apply.

How to find us

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

By car, we are approx. 30 mins from Oxford/Reading, 45 mins from W. London/Southampton or 1 hr from Bristol. Follow our brown tourist information signs from the A34/M4 Junction 13 (approx. 15 mins away).

Check for roadworks before you travel

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by car

The Living Rainforest is clearly signposted from the A34/ M4 J13 (Chieveley).

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

From Reading
Access Hampstead Norreys via the M4 J13 exit (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 Rainforest. Please note: this route is unsuitable for coaches. Larger vehicles should follow the M4 J13 exit (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 J13 exit (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

Trains

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.

Buses

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, educational toys & games, and animal adoption packs. You can now also shop online.

A cup of rainforest friendly coffee served at the Living Rainforest

Eat in or takeaway

Enjoy hot & cold drinks and light snacks to eat in or takeaway. Enjoy freshly ground, rainforest-friendly coffee or pre-order a delicious Afternoon Tea.

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

Outside play area

We have an outside children’s play area with a rainforest theme. Perfect for letting the kids blow off steam while you relax with a cappuccino!

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: We regret that assistance dogs are not permitted inside the rainforest glasshouses, as their presence is stressful to our animals. However, assistance dogs on a lead are welcome in the outdoor cafe seating area and other outdoor zones.

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