Monkey Haven is the Island’s Number 1 attraction where you can meet adorable rescued gibbons, monkeys, birds of prey, meerkats and reptiles. There’s lots of fun for everyone at the award-winning sanctuary, including a fun free App and wonderful keeper talks.
Swing on by to Monkey Haven and visit the primate rescue centre that makes animals happy – and people happy! This popular Isle of Wight sanctuary is in TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame plus it’s the Best Small Attraction in England, according to the tourism chiefs at VisitEngland. Throughout 2020, the animal sanctuary will be celebrating their 10th birthday with plenty of special events and surprises, so go along and enjoy the year long party!
Meet the animals You’ll meet awesome animals, including the singing Lar Gibbons, cheeky meerkats, and the most beautiful birds of prey. You could even get the chance to handle a snake or an owl, during one of the many keeper talks and animal feeds throughout the day. You’ll learn all about the fascinating creatures, their personalities, and how they came to be at the Haven. Many were rescued from tragic situations, and found tied up at airports, or badly neglected by their previous owners. The keepers have won a top award for their talks – VisitEngland’s Best Told Story accolade for 2018 – so don’t miss them when you’re there!
The Haven's mission is to provide a happy forever home for rescued animals. Recent rescues include the Cherry-crowned Mangabeys, Djimmy and Buna – with their squeaky toy pig, which is causing quite a sensation!
You can also meet the fluffy haired Cotton-Top Tamarins, who were rescued from tiny birdcages and lucky to survive.
Plus say hello to Peppino the Capuchin, who bears scars around his neck, from a collar that was too tight. Pop along and meet his little family.
Happy birthday at the Haven. Every animal is special – and their birthdays are celebrated with healthy cake and a singsong (check monkeyhaven.org or Facebook if you’d like to join the party). This is also a great place to host parties for your little monkeys, so see monkeyhaven.org for details.
Free, fun App Before you go, you can download the free App to plan your visit, then at the park, you can follow a banana trail, see behind the scenes, and take silly selfies.
Great facilities There’s free WiFi, two kids’ play areas, Xhabu's tea room, an ice cream shack, a great little shop and free stamper booklets for children. There’s also fulldisabled access and easy parking - and tickets are valid for a return tripwithin 7 days.
Monkey Haven is a charity and all proceeds from your visit will help the animals you’ll meet. Have a happy day!
Availability • Open every day (Winter weekends only) • If the weather’s stormy, please call or check their Facebook page before setting out (as occasionally they need to close).
Opening times • From 10:00 every day - please check the calendar on the left for specific days and times • There are keeper talks & feeds throughout the day
Last admission • 1 hour before closing time
Parking • Free large car park
Accessibility • Wide flat pathways around the park • Disabled parking bays next to the entrance • Easy access to all areas • Disabled toilet facilities • Lots of benches to relax on and watch the animals
Children • Cheeky Monkey play area for the smallest visitors (under 5) • Funky Monkey play area for older children (5+) • Baby changing facilities available • Free booklet of Monkey Puzzles for the kids • Picnic benches
Xhabu's Tea Room • Serving light snacks, pastries, cakes, ice cream and drinks • Indoor and outdoor seating areas
Ice cream shack • Enjoy a nice ice
Gift Shop • Packed with fun souvenirs, presents and pocket money treats. You can also adopt one of their gorgeous animals.
Dogs • Unfortunately dogs, including service dogs, are not permitted as they can distress the animals
Free App • Plan your visit, collect virtual bananas on a trail around the park, get behind the scenes goss, and try the fun filters Free Wifi * It’s free throughout the park!
We hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to tweet a pic! (@RedFunnel @MonkeyIOW)
Against the odds, Monkey Haven has established themselves as a primate rescue centre and turned it into one of the most popular attractions on the Isle Of Wight. Plus they’ve won lots of prestigious awards along the way! Go along and help them celebrate their 10th birthday in 2020 – it’s going to a fun and fabulous year round celebration with plenty of surprises along the way!
New recruit for the Monkey Haven!
Drawing attention to the plight of gorillas in the wild, as all species face extinction due to the trade in bushmeat and the destruction of the rainforests where they live in Africa, Monkey Haven have taken delivery of a Silverback Gorilla! Made from tough fibreglass, he's taken up residence near the picnic area and even seated he is a whopping 8' tall! The Silverback loves being cuddled and having his picture taken, don't forget to share your snaps on social media.
Happy birthday at the Haven
Every animal is special - and their birthdays are celebrated with healthy cake and a singsong. Check here to keep up to date and join the party. This is also a great place to host parties for your little monkeys, see here for details.