Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park
Telephone: 01298 814099
The award winning Chestnut Centre is a firm family favourite.
Since the centre was set up by keen conservationists Carol and Roger Heap over 30 years ago, it has grown into a popular wildlife attraction. Set in 50 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds in the Peak District National Park, with a stream running through the valley, the Chestnut centre is home to four species of otter, including the endangered giant otter, and 17 species of owls. There’s other indigenous wildlife too, such as pine martens, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats and sika and fallow deer. Every spring there are enchanting new arrivals, such as baby polecats, otters or young deer.
There are special events throughout the year, such as Owl Encounters or Batty Bats, when you can find out more about these fascinating creatures. Every day of the week there are also meet the keeper sessions, animal feeding times and deer encounters. With lovely woodland trails, a cosy tearoom and well stocked gift shop, the Chestnut Centre has everything for an enjoyable and informative day out. Special activities are available for school parties and groups, including animal encounters, storytelling and wildlife quizzes and trails!
Wheelchair users: due to the natural terrain of the Peak District it is difficult but not impossible to visit the animals and birds. All wheelchair uses and care are admitted free. We politely suggest you telephone for advice before coming for guidance!
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It may be worth checking out Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
Open everyday except 25th and 26th December.
10.30am to 5.30pm Summer
10.30am to dusk Winter often 4.30pm
Coffee shop for light snacks, drinks, ice cream. Costa coffee with Indoor seating and outdoor picnic area.
"Can I have one of those?"
Wildlife themed gifts and souvenirs. Affordable gifts for children such as books, soft toys, jigsaws etc..
"i need a wee"
Toilets and baby changing facilities available.
and baby come too...
Can provide hot water to heat up bottles etc.
"are we there yet?"
Take signs from Chapel en le Frith to Edale A6187. 1 mile to Chestnut Centre. Public transport is not available to the centre.
...got any top tips?
Mainly outdoor attraction so maybe wellies or suncream depending on the day. Free car park.
Prices & Admission
Children (3 to 16 years) £5.95
Family (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) £26
Seniors (over 60) £6.75
Disabled or special needs adult £6.75
Disabled or special needs child
(1 designated carer free) £4.50
Serving Military Personnel (with ID) £6.75
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