Located in the stunning Tilgate Park , Tilgate Nature Centre houses over 100 different species of animals, from endangered to farmyard favourites. It also maintains rare breeds of native livestock including white park cattle, Boreray sheep and Bagot goats, as well as new arrivals: meerkats and otters.
Whats happening at the Nature Centre?
Animal feeding times. Come and watch the animals getting excited about their food. The daily feeding schedule is on the ‘Today at the Nature Centre’ board at the entrance.
Children’s quizzes and nature trails. Perfect for inquisitive little ones. And there’s even a small prize at the end!
Mementos from your visit. The new shop at the nature centre is full of fantastic animal-themed toys and gifts.
Adopt an animal You will receive an invitation for a special guided tour around the nature centre and will often get to see ‘your’ special animal being fed. You will also receive three newsletters a year, a personal adoption certificate and your name displayed in the Discovery Room.
Stay up to date with everything that’s happening at the Nature Centre, including lots of pictures of the animals at the Nature Centre Blog .
Want to get up close to the animals?
We are now offering fun and interactive experiences where children can become Nature Centre Keepers for an hour. This includes a dedicated member of staff who will take you into the animals’ enclosures, answer all your questions, let you feed and get close to the friendly creatures.
You can choose from: Meet the Meerkats or Pamper a Pony experiences. Perfect for a special occasion like a birthday treat.
Many of the less familiar animals kept at the nature centre are threatened with extinction in the wild, these include the bald ibis, Stanley crane, Azara’s agouti (a type of rodent) and Jamaican boa (snake). These animals are part of globally co-ordinated breeding programmes.
By maintaining breeding groups of these animals the nature centre plays a role in the preservation of rare breeds of domestic livestock and endangered wildlife species.
Please visit our Conservation page to find out more about the rare species kept at the nature centre and what we are doing to look after them.
To find out more about the animals we keep in the Nature Centre please visit our Animal Encyclopaedia for fact sheets about each one.
The entry charge is £2 for over 17s and £1 for 2-16 year olds. Under twos are free. There will be no charges in the winter months (Nov-Mar GMT). Tilgate Nature Centre is NOT a profit-making organisation so the entrance charges and any donations raised, go directly back into looking after the animals and keeping them happy.
Tilgate Nature Centre has launched a loyalty card to reward its regular visitors. Collect a stamp each time you go and once you have five stamps you will get a free sixth visit for a family of up to two adults and three children. Five stamps will also get you a free hot drink from the newly refurbished Walled Garden Café.
Plan your Visit
To find out opening times, costs, contact details and location please visit our Contact Us page .
fax: (01293) 511803
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Open Mon to Fri 8.30am-5pm