Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre

Type:Wildlife / Safari Parks & Zoo

Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH

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Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre

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Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre is home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates, including Europe’s only orangutan crèche! Visitors can see a number of primate infants playing and growing up together with their foster families at the purpose built crèche in the 65 acre park located in Dorset on Britain’s south west coast.       

The centre was opened in 1987 to provide abused Spanish beach chimpanzees with a permanent home. Monkey World is now a sanctuary for primates from all over the world and some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species. Here you can see them enjoy the company of their own kind in a safe, natural environment. Combining fun with conservation and animal education, half-hourly talks by the dedicated Primate Care Staff explain all about man’s closest living relative. They love to share their knowledge of all the individuals in their care, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions when the talk is over.  Pre-bookable guided tours are also available.

The team at Monkey World are dedicated to making sure that every one of our guests has a memorable experience with us and have an enjoyable time. Mobility scooters are available to hire with just a £10 refundable cash deposit and there are a number of benches located at intervals along the path which guests are welcome to use, there is no rush when enjoying Monkey World, you are welcome to go at your own pace around all our exhibits.
Access to the entrance is level and the large car park features designated disabled parking bays for Blue Badge holders which is located to the right of the entrance gate. Parking is free for all our guests.

To make sure everyone enjoys their day at Monkey World, a range of sensory statues can be found around the park to provide a more immersive experience when at the various exhibitions, the talks provided by keepers are also available in a printed format, so be sure to ask if you would like one.

There are cafés serving a selection of hot and cold food and drink, or you can bring along a picnic to enjoy in the beautiful woodland setting. There are two blocks of disabled access toilets, and the First Aid Hut is also suitable for adults who need additional changing areas. All of our eateries are able to cater for visitors with special dietary requirements, in addition to the children’s menu, there are also gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, nut free, vegan and vegetarian options.

Once you’ve seen the stars of TV’s Monkey Life and explored the various exhibits teaching you about a range of primates, your own little monkeys can let off some steam in the Great Ape Play Area, the south’s largest adventure playground. The play area has a number of wheelchair swings installed to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy their day at the park.

Monkey World is located just minutes from the A31 near Wool in Dorset and is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10am to 5pm. During peak times, openings change slightly, with entry in July and August at 10am to 6pm.  Last admission is 1 hour before closing.

You can support Monkey World in continuing their rescue and rehabilitation work by taking part in the Adopt a Primate Scheme. Prices start from £25 for the year and include a photograph, certificate, three editions of the Ape Rescue Chronicle and entry to the park for a year! All funds from adoptions are used solely for the rescue & rehabilitation of primates in need around the world.

For more information visit or call 01929 462537

Autism Friendly

Monkey World has a range of accessible facilities and regularly holds autism days. The park work with Minecraft and Meltdown who support the team at Monkey World during their autism friendly days. The days are held regularly and involve a sensory trail which is open especially for the day as well as dedicated chill out spaces. To attend an autism friendly day at Monkey World, check the website for the next dates and full guidance. At autism friendly days, all gates are opened so there is little to no queuing and staff have been fully briefed so they’re aware of any additional needs.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£14.00 per ticket
Carer (on production of either DLA or PIP documentFree
Child (3-15yrs)£10.00 per ticket
Disabled visitor without carer£10.00 per ticket
Family ticket (2 ad 2 ch)£42.00 per ticket
Group rates (10+)from £9.00 to £12.00 per ticket
Senior (65+)£10.00 per ticket
Single parent ticket (1 ad 2 ch)£30.00 per ticket
Student (Student ID required)£12.00 per ticket
Under 3’sFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Apart from a woodland walk which is unsuitable for mobility scooters and buggies.
  • Autism Friendly
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchairs available

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car

Monkey World is situated on the A31 Between Bere Regis and Wool in Dorset. Please see the map at the bottom of this page.

Satellite Navigation

For sat nav, our post code is BH20 6HH. Please follow the brown tourist signs for “Monkey World” which are situated at various sites within a few miles radius to the park.

Public Transport Directions

By Bus

First Bus run a service direct to the park on weekends and school holidays between April and October. Detailed timetables can be found on their site.

The Jurassic Coast bus service from Poole also stops off at Wool station, please click below for the timetable and more details.

Please note: Monkey World does not operate a bus service.

By train

From London Waterloo to Wool:

Approximately 2.5 hours (journey time)

Monday to Saturday 08.05 from London Waterloo arrives at Wool at 10.34. Trains then run at 5 minutes past each hour. After 14.30 times change – please enquire.

Sundays – please enquire as times change frequently due to track repairs.

From Wool to Waterloo, London: 2.5 – 3 hours (journey time)

Monday to Saturday Trains run at 45 minutes past the hour.

Sundays – please enquire as times change frequently due to track repairs.

Wool train station is approximately 1.5 miles away from the park. There are usually taxis available at Wool train station to complete your journey to the park.

By Air

Our closest airport is Bournemouth which is about 25 miles away from the park ( From here you can either take a taxi or bus to Bournemouth train station, and then the train directly to Wool station.

Southampton Airport is about 50 miles from Monkey World. Trains run directly from Southampton Airport Parkway to Wool.

Opening Times

Season (1 July 2020 - 31 Aug 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
Season (1 Sept 2020 - 30 June 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

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