The finest collection of native wildlife in Britain
Over forty different species...
...from tiny harvest mice to magnificent red deer
A REAL natural history experience!
TripAdvisor accolades - our 7th year! Travellers' Choice 2020
Come and discover Britain's wonderful wildlife

Meet the Animals!

Get the most from your visit with our half-hourly keeper talks which give you a further opportunity to learn about the animals and see them up-close.

Opening Dates

We open at weekends, bank holidays & during state school holidays.
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Online pre-booked visits only.

A Safe Visit

We want your visit to be a safe one and protect all visitors and staff. We have made changes to the way we work.
Please read the details before you visit.

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Pre-book your visit now!

In accordance with the Government’s easing of lockdown, we opened from 12 April 2021.
e open at weekends, on Bank Holidays, and daily during state school holidays.
view open dates  We are looking forward to welcoming you back.

ALL visits must be pre-booked online (including members)
To make visits safe and allow for social distancing, we are limiting numbers.
So, book a Covid-safe day out and see the Centre’s fascinating collection of wonderful wildlife.
It’s REAL natural history experience!

Members-Only Day

Sunday 6 June 2021 – 12 noon to 7pm

CALLING ALL MEMBERS! Spend a summer day mingling with fellow BWC members and enjoying our wonderful wildlife on the BWC Members’ Day, when the Centre is closed to the public. This is an exclusive Members-only day, and gates open from 12 noon. Please note there will no access to the Centre before this time. The Coffee Shop will be open for refreshments on the day.
To  secure your place: Please email us: or call: 01342 834658 during office hours, and provide your valid membership number. We hope you can join us.


Become a member to enjoy unlimited visits during open times and other member only benefits.

Photo Days

Use and improve your skills on our Photo Days or with expert help on a Photo Workshop.

Online Shop

Inspirational gifts & experiences. Photo vouchers, animal adoption, membership and 'wild' gifts.

Photography Days - Autumn Dates Published

Demand for this season’s Photography Days has been high, but we still have a few places left on summer days. Our September & October dates are now published, giving you the opportunity of get some awesome autumn shots of our animals against the season’s golden hues.
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Please support our animals in this time of need

We have been deeply touched by the generous donations made by so many of you and your messages of support during these difficult times. As the challenges continue we are appealing for donations to help us to survive. Any donation will be much appreciated. We would love to be here for you to visit into the future, so you can continue to share our passion for Britain’s wonderful wildlife. Every penny of every donation will go towards the care of our animals. Payment is made securely by Pay Pal (you don’t need to be registered with Pay Pal, you can check out as a guest). Thank-you so very much.


Keeper's Blog

For the very latest animal news and photos visit our Keeper's Blog

In 2020 the Centre was awarded TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award, our 7th consecutive year of being rated in the top 10% of Trip Advisor attractions worldwide.

The Centre is accessible
by wheelchair
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We are proud to be members of Tourism South East

All images featured on this website, unless credited otherwise, were taken at the British Wildlife Centre
by our Head Keeper and resident photographer, Matt Binstead.

British Wildlife Centre, Eastbourne Road, Newchapel, Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6LF
BWC Ltd is a company registered in England & Wales with company no. 06568854.  Registered office: Eastbourne Rd, Newchapel, Lingfield RH7 6LF