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Location & Opening Times

You will find The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary on Yaverland Road, Sandown, directly opposite the beach. We really are a sanctuary by the sea.

This is on the South-East side of the Island and is easily accessible by road. Adjacent is a large private car park where you can park all day for just £3 when visiting the Sanctuary.

We are open all year round from 10am in the morning until 5pm in the summer and 4pm in winter. Last admission is one hour before closing.

Daily Talk Times

Monday to Friday

TimeTalk
10:15Animal Walkabout
11:00Monkey Talk
12:00Meerkat Encounters (£10pp)
12:30Big Cat Talk
14:00Lemur Tour
14:30Reptile Close Encounter

Saturday to Sunday

(and School Holidays)

TimeTalk
10:15Animal Walkabout
11:00Monkey Talk
11:30Big Cat Talk
12:00Meerkat Encounters (£10pp)
12:20Meerkat Talk
13:40Farm Encounter
14:00Reptile Close Encounter
14:30Big Cat Talk
15:00Small Cat Talk

Getting To Us

Buses 23 and 8 serve Sandown and timetable information can be found at the Southern Vectis website.

Island Line Trains serve Sandown Station which is 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 you’re travelling on foot from Portsmouth it couldn’t be simpler. Just hop on a 10 minute Hovercraft service from Portsmouth to Ryde and grab a bus or train to Sandown. Use the link provided or call 01983 717700 for more information.

If you’re travelling from the Mainland to the Island by car you have the choice of a Southampton to East Cowes crossing with Redfunnel, or 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.

Memberships

A membership is a fantastic way to support the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary and join our mission to protect wildlife and rescue animals from suffering and harm.

As well as unlimited visits to our sanctuary, you can enjoy free parking right next to one of the island’s best beaches! And why not enjoy 10% off all food and drink in our Wildheart Café and Gift Shop? Plus, you can get priority access to our exclusive events!

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. 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.

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

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!

Ticket TypeGeneral AdmissionAdmission with 10% Gift Aid
Adult£12.80£14.10
Child (3-14 Years)£10.43£11.45
Senior / Student£11.59£12.75
Infant (2 and under)FREEFREE
Island Resident£9.88£10.85
Family (2 adults, 2 children)£46.36£51.00
Family Additional Child£9.88£10.85
Disabled CarerFREEFREE

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.

Our Sanctuary Map

Our brand new interactive map allows you see each of our animals homes and navigate to them quickly as well as being able to quickly identify all areas of our sanctuary.

Visit Us In Sandown Bay

We can be found on Yaverland Road, Sandown, directly opposite the beach.

Accessibility

A carer accompanying a disabled visitor will be admitted free of charge. Supporting documentation should be provided, for example a current DLA letter. Normal admission prices apply to visitors with disabilities.