British Wildlife Centre

British Wildlife Centre, Lingfield: Hours, Address, British Wildlife Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

British Wildlife Centre
4.5
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Keyhaven
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A Brilliant Day Out!
Oct 2021
My son & I went for the mammal experience photography day. It was absolutely amazing! The staff were so helpful and informative which made the day more interesting. They were also very patient with all of us photographers (as were the animals!). A really special day, well worth the money!
Written October 19, 2021
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Stephen H
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Mammal photography day
Oct 2021
Visited the Centre on the 8 October 2021 for the Mammal photography day and what an experience it was! Well worth the money if not more. Luke, the keeper who escorted us round the Centre was a joy to be with, he was so enthusiastic, his knowledge was excellent and the way he interacted with the animals was great to see. Being able to go into the enclosures with the foxes, otters and scottish wildcats to get really close to take photographs, absolutely superb experience, what a great day! Thank you British Wildlife Centre.
Written October 13, 2021
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PETER F
London, UK20 contributions
WELL WORTH A VISIT
Sep 2021
If you love the smaller animal plus birds and a few reptiles, this is the place to go.
There were about 100 people wandering around on a Saturday, 60% adults without children. I spent 6 hours there taking excellent close up photos and listening to the various talks which go on throughout the day when the animals get fed and also at the owl flying display. The staff are brilliant at explaining things, very enthusiastic. It was so nice to see the Red Squirrels plus all the other lovely smaller animals but there are some larger animals like deer and a couple of Highland Cattle.
Written September 26, 2021
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Emma Downing
London, UK49 contributions
Absolutely brilliantly British
Sep 2021 • Family
We had such an excellent day here . All of the talks were excellent and informative. The owl display was brilliant . Loved the badgers and the frogs . Excellent value for money and even got to chat to Dame Judy Dench!
One of the best days out for a long time . Wonderful !!
Written September 13, 2021
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WendoverWench
Wendover, UK63 contributions
Worth a visit.
Aug 2021 • Friends
Was lovely. Nice to that all the pens had lots of enrichment for the residents, lots to do, hiding places, play areas etc.
Loved the foxes and red squirrels… oh and the otters and owls.
Written August 30, 2021
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Thanks for providing feedback. We do appreciate it. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your time here. Our top priority is keeping our animals comfortable, content and engaged. We hope to see you again.
Written September 9, 2021
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Alison H
4 contributions
A fabulous time
Aug 2021
What a wonderful place!! It was my first time here and it was an amazing experience to learn more about our own wildlife. The young staff who gave the talks were very knowledgeable and encouraged questions about their charges.
On arrival I had a slight misgiving about waiting 6 hours for the Owl talk and display to occur at 4.00pm. I need not have worried, as the day just flew by with the marvellous talks so thoughtfully arranged throughout the day. We had to miss a talk in order to have our picnic!!
Thank you to all of the 4 young people who gave such wonderful, informative talks.
Written August 26, 2021
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Apologies for our delay in responding. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We are so pleased you enjoyed spending the whole day and were kept engaged by the Keeper Talks. Our keeper team are marvellous, and have such passion for and a knowledge of our animal residents. We glad you appreciated them. We look forward to welcoming you back.
Written September 9, 2021
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK12,585 contributions
Plenty to keep pre teens interested
Aug 2021
The BWC is a around 10 miles from M25 J6 but check website for opening days as outside of school/public holidays it’s usually only open at weekends - prices are reasonable and we booked ahead online for a small discount. There’s plenty to see and keep pre teens occupied, with various animal talks scheduled every half hour (there’s a large play area as well to keep them amused). However, a number of animals are nocturnal or shy so please be aware not everything will be seen (if patient then sometimes you will see animals you might otherwise miss). The cafe serves a compact range of hot and cold foods at (in my opinion) reasonable prices (except for ice cream tubs!). Overall I thought everything was kept clean and tidy and can’t say I saw any animals distressed. Also handy if you’re a plane spotter as Gatwick traffic buzzes directly overhead! You’ll need to take care exiting the site if turning right as the BWC is on a fast stretch of the busy A22 and you don’t have a very clear line of sight!
Written August 23, 2021
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Thank you. We appreciate you taking the trouble to give feedback. It's great to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit and attending the keeper talks, which is a very good way of seeing our wonderful wildlife. As you say, a bit of a patience is rewarded when you spot some of the smaller and more elusive species. We hope to see you again.
Written August 26, 2021
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Meliora Cole
London, England, United Kingdom587 contributions
Best of British
Aug 2021 • Solo
A really special place. Well worth visiting, definitely worth every penny.

Make sure to go for the whole day, to make the best out of everything the centre had to offer.
I recommend the talks, every half an hour, given by the keepers. The talks are full of facts and really interesting, the animals are fed during these times, so you have an excellent chance of seeing them up close.

It is a primarily outdoor centre, dress for the weather, though there are umbrellas that can be borrowed.

My favourites are the red squirrels, the Wildcats and the Pine martens, though I'm fond of all the animals there.
I was lucky enough to have red squirrels scampering all around me at my last visit and to see Tiny Tim, Hilda's kitten.

There is a cafe with hot drinks, snacks, sandwiches and pasties as an example. Tasty food, friendly service from Coralene and her team. Some indoor seating is available, as well as several benches outside.
There are ice creams too.

Check out the gift shop - mounted photos of the centre's animals, taken by Matt, head keeper, can be bought. They're awesome.

All in all, a very special place, not to be missed. I can't wait to be back very soon! I love being a member.
Written August 17, 2021
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We do appreciate your feedback, as we are always grateful to hear visitors' experiences at the Centre. You've included some top tips to get the very best from a visit. We'll pass on your appreciation to Coralene and her marvellous Coffee Shop team. Thanks so much for your support as a BWC Member and will see you again soon.
Written August 19, 2021
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Daniel G
1 contribution
Pretty sick
Aug 2021 • Business
Was pretty sick, the squirrels were kinda cool, so were the foxes. The coffee at the cafe was okay I think.
Written August 17, 2021
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Thanks for your comments. We hope to see you again.
Written August 19, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

oliviag700
London, UK134 contributions
A wonderful day out
Aug 2021 • Couples
Such a great day out! A good variety of animals, lots of zookeeper talks, the cages were also good sizes and well presented. Nice cafe and gift shop as well and free parking
Written August 16, 2021
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Thanks you for providing feedback. We're so glad you had a wonderful day out, viewing our wonderful wildlife! We hope to welcome you again soon.
Written August 19, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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