Your visit

How long can I 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.

Animal enclosures

All our animals live in settings that reflect their natural environment. Much of the area is outdoors, although there are 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. To make the most of your visit don’t miss the Keeper Talks.

Visitor Centre

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.

Coffee Shop & Picnic Areas

We serve hot and cold drinks, baked potatoes, sandwiches, savoury pastries pies, gourmet chunky chips, cakes and snacks. 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 outdoor picnic areas.

Wildlife Gift Shop

Our gift shop can provide a memento of your visit, or gifts for friends and family. Our range of wildlife related items to suit all budgets, including pocket money toys and stationery for children, as well as ladies scarves, jewellery and home wares. Particularly popular is our wide range of high quality soft toys of British wild species including foxes, otters, deer and owls.

Dogs and pets

Unfortunately 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.

Photography

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 open.

Keeper talks

Meet the animals at the keeper talks. Talks take place every half an hour to give you a further opportunity to learn about the animals and view them up-close. So whenever you visit there's sure to be something to see.
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Accessibility

We welcome all visitors to the British Wildlife Centre. Access to the Visitor Centre is ramped. Wheelchair users may need a pusher on some ramps or inclines, but there are no steps. Our paths are smooth tarmac with some wooden decking. We have a manual wheelchair which can be booked in advance. We have accessible toilet facilities and parking bays. Please refer to our Access Statement for full details.
Pip's Corner & Picnic Area