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Admissions - Buy your tickets now!

You can now book your tickets ONLINE!!!! To book - click here.

How to get to us

We can be found on Yaverland Road, Sandown, directly opposite the beach. This is on the South-East side of the Island and is easily accessible by road. If using your phone or Sat Nav, our postcode is PO36 8QB.

Car Parking - There is ample car parking in front of the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary. Please note however that this is a privately owned car park and is not the property of the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary. Parking is charged at £3 per day.

Buses 2, 3 and 8 serve Sandown, and timetable information can be found at the Southern Vectis website. During peak season the Downs Breezer bus also stops at the sanctuary.

Island Line Trains serve Sandown Station, with a 20 minute train ride from Ryde Station. From Sandown Station there is a walk of 20-30 mins to our sanctuary. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 0845 6000 650.

Hovertravel If travelling on foot from Portsmouth it could not be simpler, just hop on a 10 minute Hovercraft service from Portsmouth – Ryde and grab a bus or train to Sandown. Use the link provided or call 01983 717700 for more information.

If travelling from the Mainland to the Island by car you have the choice of a Southampton to East Cowes crossing with Redfunnel, or alternatively a Portsmouth to Fishbourne, or Lymington to Yarmouth crossing with Wightlink. Both services offer relaxed and comfortable crossings whilst you take in the views of the Solent.

Gift Aid

Did you know that it costs us more than £1,000 a month to care for just one of our tigers?

Donating through Gift Aid means that we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It helps us to take good care of all the animals in our care. In order to donate through gift only a 10% donation is required. We have provided you with a guide to how this would be reflected in your admission - just click the button to view.


Visit more, save money and support the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary. Enjoy a whole year's worth of amazing wildlife with our annual membership!

Our annual membership includes:

  • Unlimited visits to the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary for 12 months
  • Free parking (we just need your registration number)
  • Bring a friend for half price (one half-price admission per member)
  • Free carer entry for those with a registered disability
  • 10% off food and drink purchases in the Wildheart Café (no minimum spend)
  • 10% off purchases in the Wildheart Shop (no minimum spend)
  • Supporting the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary mission to protect wildlife
  • Free carer entry for those with a registered disability

Annual membership offers fantastic value for all ages - and don't forget that children aged 2 and under always enter the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary for free. And for our members with disabilities please remember that you are offered a free carer entry with your membership by showing proof of a registered disability at the point of purchase.

Memberships Offered:
  • 1 x Adult Membership: £40
  • 1 x Senior Membership: £35
  • 1 x Child Membership: £30*
  • Joint Membership (2 adults): £75
  • 1 Adult + 1 Child: £70
  • 2 Adults + 1 Child: £110
  • 2 Adults + 2 Children: £135
  • 2 Adults + 3 Children: £160
  • 1 Senior + 1 Child: £65
  • Additional Child: £25


*Please note children must be supervised by an adult in the sanctuary at all times

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If you are a UK taxpayer please remember to sign a Gift Aid form. This enables the Trust to claim as additional 25p in every £1.00 from HMRC at no extra cost to you!

Show prices with 10% Gift Aid Donation

Child (3-14 years)
Senior / Student
Infant (2 and under)
Island Resident
Family (2 adults, 2 children)
Family Additional Child
Disabled Carer

Opening Hours

1st Oct - 31st Mar
10:00am - 4:00pm
Last Entry 3pm
1st Apr - 30th Sep
10:00am - 5:00pm
Last Entry 4pm

Our Location

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Yaverland Road
PO36 8QB

Disabled Information

A registered carer accompanying a disabled visitor will be admitted free of charge, on request, as long as they have supporting documentation. The disabled guest and any other members of their party will be required to pay full price.

Supporting documentation will be required to prove your registered carer status. The forms of proof accepted by The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary are as follows:

  • Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance award letter (dated within the last 12 months)
  • Personal Independence Payment letter (dated within the last 12 months)
  • A current and valid Blue Badge (or picture of, if the badge in with the vehicle)
  • Letter from the GP or consultant (dated within the last 12 months) confirming the need for a full-time carer

Sadly we will not be able to issue a free carer pass without seeing one item of the above documentation.

The Sanctuary has one manual wheelchair available free for loan. We recommend booking well in advance if you wish to borrow this, particularly during the peak season. You can book by calling us on 01983 403883.

We do not own any mobility scooters. Local firms Wight Phoenix and Island Mobility offer scooters for hire so you may wish to consider using them.

Bus stops outside the sanctuary car park take you to Ryde or Newport.

No part of the sanctuary relies on the use of steps.

There is a large disabled toilet in our cafe as well as the main toilet block.

For animal welfare reasons, we are unfortunately unable to admit service dogs. This is to protect the service dog as well as our own animals.

For our refund terms and conditions please click here.