The closest hotels to the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent are on England’s south coast, within 10 miles of the park. Port Lympne’s animal collection includes rhinoceroses, gorillas and lions, and the park features a children’s playground, a maze and a well-preserved country mansion from the 1920s. The park is about 90 minutes’ drive south of London and five miles inland from the seaside town of Hythe.
The Castle Hotel
Set in a traditional English inn, the Castle Hotel is in the village of Saltwood, on the outskirts of the seaside town of Hythe, a 10-minute drive from the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. Overlooking the village green, the on-site restaurant serves traditional, homemade English cooking. The Sene Valley Golf Club’s 18-hole course welcomes visitors and is a five-minute drive from the hotel. The historic city of Canterbury, with its cathedral dating to the 11th century, is a 30-minute drive from the hotel.
The Swan Hotel
The Swan Hotel is set in the center of Hythe, on busy High Street, a 10-minute walk from the town’s long pebble beach. Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is a 10-minute journey by car. Housed in a former coaching inn, the hotel’s restaurant serves an international menu and the pub-style bar has a beer garden. Alternative nearby dining options include the Hythe Brasserie, offering a traditional French menu, and the Everest Inn, featuring Nepalese and Indian cooking.
Best Western Stade Court Hotel
Set in Hythe in a seafront property built in 1939, the Best Western Stade Court Hotel is less than 15 minutes from Port Lympne. The hotel’s terrace, where guests can enjoy a drink in summer, overlooks the English Channel. The Stade Court has two restaurants: The Tabla features sea views and serves Indian dishes, and the Turin offers a European menu in a candlelit room. For those who enjoy horse racing, the Folkestone Race Course is a 10-minutes drive.
A 20-minute drive from Port Lympne, the Sandgate Hotel in the small seaside town of Sandgate is housed in a Victorian building that retains many original features. The hotel bar’s terrace features sea views and the on-site restaurant serves modern English cuisine. Entertainment at the Sandgate includes comedy, murder mystery evenings and music. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the Folkestone Channel Tunnel rail station. From there, trains whisk passengers under the English Channel to the French port of Calais in 35 minutes, making a day-trip to France easily feasible.