The Living Rainforest

Why visit us?

Explore the rainforest without leaving the UK. With 650 species of plants and animals, you can watch birds, butterflies and lizards roam free in our tropical glasshouses.

Asian water dragon at the Living Rainforest

Opening times

We are currently CLOSED

We are open daily 10am-5pm, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Last visitors are admitted at 4.30pm.

Ticket prices

Tickets are annual and allow unlimited visits for one year. Terms and conditions apply.

Ticket type Price
Adult £11.50
Child (2-14) £9.25
Child under 2 FREE
Adult concession £10.75
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £36.90
Disabled adult (includes free carer) £10.75
Disabled child (includes free carer) £9.25

Group tickets are available if you plan to visit with 15 or more people. Find out more.

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.

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

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 and educational toys & games.

A cup of rainforest friendly coffee served at the Living Rainforest

Our café

Our on-site café serves a range of 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

We have an outside children’s play and picnic area with a rainforest theme.

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 and bottle warming facilities available.

Assistance dogs: Assistance dogs are welcome in the café and shop on a lead. We regret that we are not able to allow assistance dogs inside the greenhouses, as their presence is stressful for our animals, both free ranging and captive.

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

A mother and child enjoy looking at the plants and animals at the Living Rainforest

Making the most of your visit