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Near Southampton

Silver Award in the ‘Beautiful South’ Small Visitor Attraction of the Year. A stone’s throw from Southampton.

Tucked away in 440 acres of beautiful woodland and meadows close to the River Itchen. Go Ape Southampton, Itchen Valley Country Park is perfect for a family days out in Hampshire, and friends looking for awesome activities in Southampton, Portsmouth or Eastleigh.

Our Tree Top Adventure involves fun and adventure across five sites. Each site features our award winning high ropes, awesome crossings, tunnels, bridges and an epic wind-in-your-face zip wire to finish.

Get into the Go Ape spirit and enjoy our outdoor adventure with us. A healthy dollop of breathtaking scenery, tree top high ropes, crossings and a wind-in-your-face zip wire, our tribe at Itchen Valley Country Park (near Southampton) can’t wait to welcome you for an epic adventure day out.

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Get out and about with us this season

For full details on dates and times simply 'check availability' and you'll see when Itchen Valley is open.

Below is a snapshot of when our forest doors open.

We're open from February to November, but we close our forest doors during December and January ( gets a little chilly and we like to maintain our adventures so they're all ready to go next year).

Open February Half Term (17th February - 21st February)

Weekends in March.

Open Daily Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Term Time (closed Weds/Thurs).

Open Daily October Half Term (27th October - 31st October).

Open November Weekends.

Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Southampton.

  • Number of sections 5
  • Longest Zip Wire 193 metres
  • Longest Crossing 21 metres
  • Total Length 927 metres
  • Number of Crossings 40
  • Highest Point 14 metres


The Team at Itchen

The Address

Go Ape Southampton, Itchen Valley
Itchen Valley Country Park
Allington Lane
SO30 3HQ (Please note, quite often sat-nav will try and take you elsewhere so it's best to follow our directions below.)

You can select longitude/Latitude for accurate Sat-Nav directions: Type in our co-ordinates: 50.9430, -1.3450

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By car

  • From the West

Exit the M27 at junction 5 and take the 2nd exit on roundabout, signposted Eastleigh A335, then follow brown tourist signs to Itchen Valley Country Park.

  • From the North

Follow the M3, joining the M27 Eastbound towards Portsmouth.  Exit the M27 at junction 5 and take the 2nd exit on the roundabout, then follow the brown tourist signs to Itchen Valley Country Park.

  • From the East

Exit the M27 at junction 7.  From junction 7, take the first exit, signposted Southampton A334, then the 3rd exit at the next roundabout, signposted West End A27, and follow brown tourist signs to Itchen Valley Country Park.

  • From Southampton

Head towards Southampton Airport.  Join the A27 and follow brown tourist signs to Itchen Valley Country Park.

  • From Eastleigh

Take the A355 to Southampton airport.  Follow brown tourist signs to Itchen Valley Country Park, past the airport onto A27.

You'll find Go Ape in the furthest car park. We are tucked away in the corner!

Please note that the following parking charges apply: £2.30 1 to 4 hours. Over 4 hours  -   £3.40. Coach Parking: £15.00 per day. It might be worth getting a ticket for over 4 hours on busy days at Go Ape (usually weekends), your adventure may take a little longer than usual.


By train

Southampton Airport parkway is our nearest Train station, next to the Airport. From here you can catch the xelabus X4 Towards West End. Get of the bus just after passing Haskins garden centre. From here it’s just under a mile walk (about 20min) Continue along the road until you reach the Roundabout. Turn left and follow the road until you reach the entrance to the park.

It is possible to walk all the way from the station to the park. It’s approximately 3 miles and takes about an hour.

A Taxi Should cost less than £10.

By bus

The nearest bus stop to Go Ape Itchen Valley is about a 20 min walk away (less than a mile). If you enter our postcode SO30 3HQ into Google maps and select directions via public transport you'll find details of the next available bus service.

Note: We have cycle storage facilities at Go Ape. You can also find local cycle routes at Eastleigh Cycle Journey Planner

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

There's plenty of things to do in the park itself; our beautiful walks take in bluebells (in the spring) and other wild flowers, and you can enjoy a picnic throughout the park.

Just take a peek at Hampshire's Top Attractions to check out other things to do in Hampshire.

Why not extend your day and head out on a horse after your Tree Top Adventure? Gleneagles Equestrian Centre

Please note that the following parking charges apply at Itchen Valley Country Park : £2.30 1 - 4 hours. Over 4 hours  -   £3.40. Coach Parking: £15.00 per day. It might be worth getting a ticket for over 4 hours on busy days at Go Ape (usually weekends), your adventure may take a little longer than usual.

Staying Over

Need a place to crash? Our friends below (excuse the pun) come highly recommended...

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Feedback from Southampton

Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It’s always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla’s mouth (…and we’re proud to say it’s totally unedited!) And why not have a peek at what people are saying about us on Trip Advisor.

Rated 5 Bananas Holly - Tree Top Adventure, on 24 March 2015
Just the right amount of scary!
Rated 3 Bananas Gary - Tree Top Adventure, on 15 March 2015
The day was let down by the fact my daughter was stuck on a rope swing as unable to reach the net having bounced back. She was sntuck for over 5 minutes and in pain due to the risks of being suspended in a harness and cutting off blood supply. She was in tears but as we has a member of staff nearby I felt this would be sorted quickly and easily but it was clear she was not trained for this and after attempting to use a rope she gave up and started to climb the section from them beginning. I had to instruct my wife who fortunately was watching from the ground to untie the rope (which had been nicely wrapped up again) and utilise to pull across so that my daughter could reach and pull herself across. It was clear the staff were not trained and the risk involved in this sort of event are high. My concerns are if this happens to another and they are trapped in the suspended harness for 10 -15 minutes as there is clear risk of significant injury. Please may I be reassured this will be looked in to as I have a friend in health and safety who advises to report this incident to H & S, and to see if any near miss or similar has been logged Regards Gary
Rated 5 Bananas Louise - Tree Top Adventure, on 15 March 2015
This is the first time we have done anything like this as a family and it was a great day out that I highly recommend. Our daughter is aged 12 and got a little scared (but so did we!) at some of the climbing ladders (very thin and high up) but it is all worth it when you get to come down the Tarzan swing and zip wires, they are so much fun. Our instructor (Jacob) was very nice and he explained everything very clearly. The treetop adventure was very exciting, a little scary but also very safe as long as you listen carefully. I thought it was expensive but it is worth the money.
Rated 4 Bananas Chris - Tree Top Adventure, on 12 March 2015
Family of six, 3 new to it and loved every minute.
Rated 5 Bananas Becky - Tree Top Adventure, on 9 March 2015
Brilliant time, very enjoyable! Lots of variety in challenges. So glad I booked it for my 25th birthday! Me and my fellow apes loved it, friendly staff too :D
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