Monkey Haven is a Gold award-winning attraction that makes animals happy… and people happy. Come and see us at our primate rescue centre and sanctuary just outside Newport. You’ll meet our wonderful family including whooping gibbons, mischievous monkeys, amazing owls, incredible reptiles and the naughtiest meerkats ever! There are keeper talks and animal feeds throughout the day, where you can find out all about our awesome animals and how they came to be here. You can even get up close and personal with some of the reptiles and hand-reared owls who make regular appearances at the daily talks.

New Recruits: Our mission is to care for rescued animals – and we’re delighted to welcome some gorgeous new residents for 2017. Among these are Milan, a Squirrel monkey rescued from the illegal pet trade when an animal lover spotted her for sale on a Spanish website. She has multiple health problems caused by a lack of care and from being forced into inappropriate clothing, such as the flamenco dress that she wore for the online advert.   We are also looking forward to welcoming Djimmy and Buna, two rescued Red- Capped Mangabeys with distinctive red, punky hairos!

Many of the animals we care for have been rescued from the cruel pet trade and are very rare. They are encouraged to display normal behaviour through activities such as foraging for live bugs or tucking into healthy ice-lollies. Every day is different – and fun!

So swing on by and say hello, we’d love to welcome you to our happy Haven.

There’s so much to see and do including…   

  • A FREE new awesome App for 2017. Follow trails, collect virtual bananas, get sneaky peaks behind the scenes and fun photo filters!
  • Two great play areas for children (under 5s and over 5s).
  • Fun events throughout the year to celebrate animals’ birthdays and other special occasions (check Facebook for updates).
  • FREE booklet of Monkey Puzzles for kids.
  • FREE Wifi.
  • Colouring activities in the Reptile Lodge.


  • Xhabu’s Tea Room for light lunches or tea and cake.
  • Picnic areas.
  • Lots of benches for you to relax and watch the animals.
  • Gift shop for pocket money toys and pressies.
  • Full disabled access.
  • Flat wide paths suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, that give you close up views of the animals.
  • Free car parking.
  • Baby changing facilities.

Gold Award – Beautiful South Awards for Excellence – Small Visitor Attraction, 2014/2015 & 2016/2017
Gold Accolade – VisitEngland Gold Accolade 2014 & 2016
TripAdvisor No 1 attraction on the Island for 2016 & 2017
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and Hall of Fame

Monkey Haven is a charity and all proceeds from admissions are used to care for creatures in crisis. Registered charity 1153254. Tickets are valid for 7 days.



Monkey Haven Staplers Road Newport Isle of Wight PO30 2NB



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Opening Hours


10am-5pm, last entry 4pm


10am-5pm, last entry 4pm


10am-5pm, last entry 4pm


10am-5pm, last entry 4pm


10am-5pm, last entry 4pm


10am-5pm, last entry 4pm


10am-5pm, last entry 4pm

12 March –1 October 2017 For other times, please see website