For detailed information on our location and all the facilities available including wheelchair access please download our Access Statement
How long can you stay?
You are welcome to stay the whole day. At a minimum we recommend you allow between a couple of hours to half a day to get the most from your visit and fit in a few of our popular and informative keeper talks. There is much to gain by taking more time to observe these wonderful animals.
All our animals live in settings that reflect their natural environment. Much of the area is outdoors, although there are plenty of undercover areas such as The Barn, The Hedgerow, the Nocturnal House and our observation Badger Sett. There is much to see at any time of the year and most animals will be out and about whatever the weather.
We have keeper talks every half an hour to give you a further opportunity to learn about the animals, so whenever you visit there is sure to be something to see. These are highly recommened. Don't miss them!
See current Keeper Talks times.
This is the start of your visit and a convenient place to take a break. It houses the Admission Desk, and our Wildlife Gift Shop and Coffee Shop.
We serve hot and cold drinks, baked potatoes, sandwiches, savoury pastries and pies, gourmet chunky chips, cakes and confectionery. This area is for the enjoyment of Coffee Shop customers. During the busy lunch period other visitors are welcome to make use of our two picnic areas.
You are welcome to bring your own lunch, have a snack or simply take a break in one of our two outdoor picnic areas.
Wildlife Gift Shop
Our gift shop can provide a memento of your visit, or gifts for friends and family. We have a range of wildlife related items to suit all budgets, including pocket money toys and stationery for children. Particularly popular is our wide range of high quality soft toys of British wild species including foxes, otters, deer and owls.
There many opportunities for photography, from simple snaps to that perfect shot of interesting animal behaviour. We welcome photographers and ask that your activities do not restrict the view of our animals for other visitors, or encroach on their enjoyment of the Centre. If you are a keen amateur photographer, you might like to try one of our Photography Days, which include access inside selected enclosures and take place when we are closed to the public.
Pip's Corner Children's Activity Area
Our wildlife themed activity area allows young children to let off some steam, with activities such as building a heron's nest, exploring an underground badger sett, climbing up and sliding down an otter bank, testing their 'red squirrel skills' and more. The activities are suitable for children aged 3 to 6. Pip's Corner is open during the high season only and is currently closed.
We welcome all visitors to the British Wildlife Centre. Access to the Visitor Centre is ramped. The site is not large. Wheelchair users may need a pusher on some ramps or inclines, but there are no steps and there are alternative routes to most areas. Our paths are predominantly smooth tarmac with some wooden decking. We have a manual wheelchair which you may borrow, but please call in advance to ensure it is available. We have accessible toilet facilities and parking bays. For more detailed information on access please refer to our Access Statement
Dogs & Pets
Unfortunately, due to the species we have on display, we cannot allow dogs or any other pets into the Centre.
Free Car Park
We have a large main car park which includes designated accessible spaces close to the Visitor Centre. Spaces for coaches are available.