Wildheart Animal Sanctuary

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Wildlife Centres & Nature Reserves

Sandown Bay
Yaverland Road
Isle of Wight
PO36 8QB

Tel: 01983 403883

Natasha the tiger at Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, Attraction, Sandown, Isle of Wight

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  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchair user accessible


  • Cafe
  • Catering for groups
  • Food Shop on site
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic area
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments Available
  • Take away food
  • Undercover picnic area
  • Vegetarians catered for

Children & Infants

  • Babes in Arms
  • Baby changing
  • Children’s packs
  • Children's Meals
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Highchair(s) available
  • Outdoor children’s play area

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Beach / Coast within walking distance
  • Beach/Coast 5 min walking distance
  • Event Venue
  • Gift shop
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours
  • Guided tours by arrangement
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Meeting rooms
  • No Pets
  • Open all year round
  • Open New Year
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Special Opening for Groups by Arrangement
  • Team / Corporate Activities
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • On Site Car Parking
  • Own car park (Fee Applies)
  • Park and Ride
  • Parking (charge)
  • Railway station within 5 miles
  • Railway station within walking distance
  • Secure cycle parking

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 2-3 hours
  • Groups Accepted - Coaches and large group bookings are eligible for a reduced admission charge. Please call 01983 403883 ext. 116 for more information.
  • Maestro
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates - Special group rates for coaches and minivans. Minimum number in party of 15 people. Call 01983 302882 ext. 116 for more information.
  • Visa
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Smoking Some Areas - Smoking is allowed outside the sanctuary in a designated smoking area.

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome
  • Educational Groups
  • Family Fun
  • Information Point
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Wi-fi available

Map & Directions

Road Directions

If coming by car then use PO36 8QB for your SatNav.

By ferry from East Cowes (Red Funnel): Second exit at roundabout onto Well Road, A3021, A3054 to Newport, A3020 to Sandown, A3056 to Lake, A3055 to Sandown.

By ferry from Fishbourne (Wightlink): B3339 (Fishbourne Lane), A3054 to Ryde (Esplanade), straight along the Esplanade to the boating lake, follow the road round to the right onto A3055 to Sandown.

By ferry from Yarmouth (Wightlink): A3054 to Newport, A3020 to Sandown, A3056 to Lake, A3055 to Sandown.

Public Transport Directions

The sanctuary is serviced by the Number 8 bus route. Route details and times are available from this link: https://bustimes.org/services/8-newport-arreton-sandown-bembridge-seaview-ryde. For further bus information please visit the Southern Vectis website at www.islandbuses.info/.



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Richard V
      'Junior Carer' experience
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 11th February 2024
      We bought our 9yo daughter a ‘Junior Carer’ experience for her birthday present. What an amazing day she had. She was looked after by a dedicated member of staff, the fabulous Ruth, who did a... Read full review
    • Onlythebestwilldopl
      Wool, United Kingdom
      A Better Experience
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 18th February 2024
      WOW What an amazing experience I had on my visit to your Sanctuary.. The enclosures have increased in size resulting in happier animals.. (My last visit 8/9Years ago) I like the interaction talks... Read full review
    • SARAH B
      Family visit to Wildheart Animal Sanctuary— very good. Food was not!
      4 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 24th February 2024
      The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary is very good, really worth a visit. Sadly the Cafe is not .. clean and well maintained.. unfortunately the food was not.. we ordered a chicken burger which was like... Read full review


    • Tourism South East Award -Best Tourism Experience Highly Commended Best Tourism Experience Highly Commended 2010
    • Visit Isle of Wight AwardWight Gift Card Venue Wight Gift Card Venue 2020
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Best of the Best Award TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Best of the Best Award 2022

    Opening Times

    Open New Year
    Open Christmas
    Open (1 Oct 2023 - 31 Mar 2024)
    Bank Holiday10:0016:00
    Open (1 Feb 2024 - 31 Mar 2024)
    Open (1 Apr 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)
    Bank Holiday10:0017:00

    * Open all year round except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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