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/.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • SarahM4073
      Hampshire, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Amazing Sanctuary
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 7th June 2024
      A wonderful sanctuary with a variety of animals and fabulous talks. A bit of refurbishing going on at the moment. Loved the lemur enclose, wonderful idea. A must visit. Read full review
    • Sanrina R
      Party review.
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 8th June 2024
      We recently booked a party for our daughters 7th birthday. We were given a choice of two encounters, optional party games, adoption certificate, informative zoo tour with the guide Emma. Free time in... Read full review
    • katman1972
      Lancing, United Kingdom
      Amazing and Humbling..Zookeeper Experience
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 16th June 2024
      Went for a week on IOW and sought to do something new and unique. Had never been to a zoo on the island and there are others but as this is a sanctuary for animals that have suffered all over the... 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 Apr 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)
    Bank Holiday10:0017:00
    Open (1 Oct 2024 - 31 Mar 2025)
    Bank Holiday10:0016:00
    Open (1 Feb 2025 - 31 Mar 2025)

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


    Tuesday, 6th August 2024 - Saturday, 31st August 2024

    Sunrise Breakfasts at Wildheart Animal Sanctuary
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    Wednesday, 31st July 2024 - Wednesday, 21st August 2024

    Wednesday, 28th August 2024 - Wednesday, 4th September 2024

    Twilight Safaris at Wildheart Animal Sanctuary
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    Saturday, 29th June 2024 - Sunday, 30th June 2024

    FOCAS Festival at Wildheart Animal Sanctuary
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