British Wildlife Centre
British Wildlife Centre
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Ryan C
    2 contributions
    Nothing special
    Was there for around 4 hours and it just felt like there was not much to see. Place feels rundown and definitely needs a bit of money pumped into it. May seem like there's a lot of enclosures but several of them are connected and the same animal. Talks were okay, Owl one was terrible, not even a talk. Going to try again in the sprong\summer as think I Amy have just went on a bad day. Also, main thing we wanted to was the otters but unfortunately they were not about on the day due to an emergency, we were told this was on the website, but it was not on the main page. About 30 of the over 40 species are just rats and mice probably.
    Thanks for your feedback. We acknowledge that some areas need attention and we apologise for that. With limited resources we prioritised the refurbishment of our Barn & Hedgerow areas and the extensive otter enclosures over the winter. This was to enrich and improve the lives of the animals in these areas. Plans are in place to improve areas that need attention, to take place over the next few weeks. The lunchtime' Meet the Owls' is not a talk but a chance to see the owls up close on the glove of the keepers, who are always willing to answer any question visitors have. The owl talk and flying demonstration takes place at 3pm. Information about the otters is on the Meet the Animals/Keeper Talk page of our website. The otters should be back on the talk schedule in March. We do hope you'll come back and see them and all our other wonderful species later this year.
    Written 16 February 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 February 2023
  • PammyB15
    Epsom, United Kingdom24 contributions
    Poor
    This is not the place to visit in Feb. We saw one otter, two foxes, several field mice and 3 wild cats. How can you charge entrance fee to see nothing. Ok to have talks but children want to see. Money should be refunded
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 February 2023
  • Annie-Faith
    Cobham, United Kingdom2 contributions
    Few animals to be seen
    I have always wanted to have a look, but it is only open at weekends and Bank Hols, and mostly I do not have the time to stop. But today I did, and it was sunny (though cold). I get a Senior ticket but it was still £12.50. They gave me a little map and the first thing I saw was the owls, all of which were visible. I particularly liked the Little Owls, so cheeky and cute looking. There were a pair of them, but one was sitting on a branch right in the centre of the cage. I noticed that when children ran up, it flew to the back again, but stayed for me because I approached quietly. After that, it was a bit like the Emperor's New Animals! I can give you a list of all the animals I DIDN'T see. I didn't see hedgehogs, stoats, snakes, badgers, red squirrels, pine martens, polecats, otters, dormice, terrapins - all of which had pens or enclosures. Are terrapins British wildlife? - I don't think so. But I did see a Scottish wildcat - which looked very like my own tabby cat except a bit more sturdy looking, foxes, deer, a weasel, varied mice, a rat, a raven, and highland cattle. There was also a wetland boardwalk, but the only thing I saw there was a heron and a shoal of big fish. My favourite was probably the Little Owl, with the communicative raven second, and the weasel third. I particularly would've like to have seen the otters and the red squirrels, and probably will go back another time when the weather is warmer and hopefully more animals would be seen. There was a cafe and it was lunchtime but the toasted sandwiches were off they said and I didn't fancy anything else. The shop was small, but very well stocked with animal jewellery, crockery etc and lots of lovely good quality soft toys.
    Thank you for your feedback . We appreciate your comments. Our collection of animals are wild species and are not forced on display as they are in some traditional zoos. We wish them to live & behave as naturally as possible. On arrival all visitors are given a list of half hourly keeper talks, so you can view the animals up close and learn about them. The talks currently include Hedgehogs, Red Squirrels, Pine Martens and Otters, as well as Owl Display when you'll see a variety of British owls on perches and in flight. The animals invariably come out as they are given tit-bits by the keeper! These informative talks last about 10-15 minutes. With patience many animals can be observed in between these times out an about in their enclosures. Our red squirrels are a little slower at this time of year but can be seen on and off through the day. Snakes are hibernating and will emerge when the weather warms up. Our female badger is currently nursing cubs, so we are sorry that the badger sett is closed, while we minimise any stress for her. We hope you'll visit us again in the warmer weather when we are confident you will see more.
    Written 14 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 13 March 2023
  • Martin G
    England, United Kingdom14 contributions
    Very interesting
    Took my partner with me as a surprise, she’s not normally fond of the zoo but she absolutely loved it. I feel that it is definitely somewhere that we would return to at a future date. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
    We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you back here.
    Written 5 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Chris B
    78 contributions
    Great place to take under 11's
    Took my grandchildren here and they loved it with so much to see. Enjoyed the talks by the keepers which were very informative as well as seeing the British animals there. Plenty to see and the cafe was amazing. Not bad value either.
    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are pleased you all enjoyed your experience here (and the cafe!) and we do hope to see you again..
    Written 20 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
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Lingfield, UK17 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
What a brilliant place to learn about British wildlife! David Mills has done a fantastic job over many years to bring together such a variety of animals in the perfect environment for them. The natural settings mean that you need to patient at times, but it really is worth it. Highly recommended!
Written 20 November 2023
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Hayley W
5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very disappointing, enclosures poorly maintained some under water, appearance was somewhat run down could use some major investment and TLC even the owls looked depressed 😞
Written 11 November 2023
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Janine
Ticehurst, UK2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Business
I took my class here and we had a wonderful time. We were met on arrival and greeted warmly. We had our own keeper called Luke who was so knowledgeable and very informative. He was absolutely excellent with the children. I would highly recommend visiting this place for a school visit or as a family. It’s great to get children interested in wildlife so that they will respect and care about our wild animals. We saw so many creatures up close. My class loved the foxes. I loved the badgers and otters too. They also loved Ethel the eagle owl. Thank you so much to all the staff. My class were so excited on the way home for 20 minutes then all was silent - they fell asleep!
Written 10 November 2023
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Toontz
Surrey, UK12 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Lovely place. Great wildlife to see. Especially enjoyed the red squirrel walk through enclosure. We went on a very hot day so some of the animals were hiding from the heat but still had an enjoyable visit.
Written 5 October 2023
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Sandy W
London, UK7 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
A must to visit. The whole experience was a delight. The animals are kept in huge comfortable surroundings and the half hourly talks on the individual animals was so informative.
The cafeteria was clean and very reasonable and all the staff so helpful.
Written 1 October 2023
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Liz M
Sutton, UK10 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
I have never been here before, it’s super cute. It’s like seeing the animals in real life in the wild. It was particularly nice to see the 8 badgers cuddled up, the red squirrels were tiny, bless them. We had a lovely day seeing the deer and the Wildcats
Very much recommend this place. Very interesting and we love The Field Mice
Written 23 September 2023
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jj1968
London, UK61 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
What a wonderful place. Fun for any age, looking at British wildlife and learning how we can help them. Talks every 30 minutes on different animals given by friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Plenty to see, despite the place not being very big. Spend a couple of hours or all day!
Written 16 September 2023
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Thank you for your kind comments. We are pleased you enjoyed your experience here and we do hope to see you again soon.
Written 20 September 2023
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Jo A
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
This is such a great day out. Beautiful wildlife and beautiful grounds. This was the third time of visiting and most definitely won't be the last. Thank you to the great team of staff who work hard to ensure visitors are educated about conservation of endangered wildlife in the UK.
Written 13 September 2023
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Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your experience here and we're glad you plan to visit again. You will be most welcome.
Written 20 September 2023
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Trish B
7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Really good small wildlife centre. The staff were all polite and friendly, and the keepers were knowledgeable about the animals. There’s a different keeper talk every half an hour which does help you to see the more elusive animals. Enclosures looked well kept and suitable. If you don’t stop for the talks you could get around in about an hour but if you listen to some of the talks and spend time searching the enclosures for some of the animals that aren’t immediately visible then you could easily spend most of the day here. It was our first visit, I found it to be a very pleasant day out and will definitely return.
Written 29 August 2023
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Thank you for your kind feedback. We couldn't have put it better ourselves. By taking time and attending some of our informative keeper talks visitors will always experience a much more rewarding visit, and see so much more.. You will be most welcome if you visit again.
Written 20 September 2023
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Sam D
London42 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
What a gem of a place! Fairly small but very spacious so not overcrowded, interesting talks, lovely enclosures for the animals with plenty of space and their welfare and enrichment in mind.

Some of the animals were hard to spot due to this, but I think this is a good thing as they could have "private time" if they wanted it. The staff here clearly love their jobs and pride themselves on educuation and aminal welfare.

The place was small enough that you could wait around and walk round more than once, which meant several we couldn't see did emerge at differing times!

We had a wonderful day out. Suitable for adults and children alike.
Written 29 August 2023
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Thank you for your lovely feedback. Yes, we do respect the animals' right to private time and they are never forced out. But with patience you'll see them later in the day. Thanks for appreciating that and we hope you'll be back one day.
Written 20 September 2023
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British Wildlife Centre is open:
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:00