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Come and see our 17 species of owls

Come and see our 17 species of owls

Great Grey Owls


The Chestnut Centre is a family run conservation park with a strong emphasis on otters and owls. Home to species of otters including the spectacular Giant Otter from South America. 17 species of owls, scottish wildcats, foxes polecats, pine marten etc. The aviaries and enclosures are set in the rolling countryside of the Peak National Park.
Throughout holiday times a nature quiz trail is available for children and families. Experienced animal keepers are on hand to share their knowledge.
After the mile long trail a warm welcome and a hot drink at the coffee shop whilst browsing through the wildlife gift shop.

Owl chicks, Scottish wildcats and fun at the Chestnut Centre this summer:

What are Asian short-clawed otters saying when they squeak? How does an owl manage to turn its head almost 270 degrees? Why are there so many irritating insects and bugs?
Children will be able to find out the answers to these and many more fascinating animal facts at a series of events at the Chestnut Centre this summer. The centre is planning to put the fun into finding out at special activities for children such as otter talks and quizzes, owl talks and quizzes, ugly bug events, insect displays and a woodland craft day.
The sessions will take place in the school summer holidays. Anyone wanting to know more can check the website at for the most up to date information.
There are also some new amazing animals to see at the Chestnut Centre this summer. Three new Scottish wildcats have arrived at the centre from the New Forest Wildlife Park in Hampshire and have settled in well.

One of the oldest owls at the Chestnut Centre has also become a father again. Malamute, a Great Grey Owl who is aged 16 years, has produced three new owl chicks with mate Willow. The chicks were born in May and are bound to be an attraction over the school summer holidays.

Baby changing facilitiesCredit cards accepted (no fee)Education/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringPicnic sitePublic toilets

Mobile phone coverageChildren welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

The Natue Trail is not easy for wheelchair users but possible with help. Free access for wheelchair users.

Opening details

Open: daily Spring & Summer 10.30 - 5.30 (Last entry 4pm)
Open daily Autumn & Winter 10.30 am - dusk (last entry 3pm)
January- Open Weekends only


Adult £7.95
Children (3 to 16 years) £5.95
Family (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) £26.00
Seniors (over 60) £6.75
Disabled/special needs adult £6.75
Disabled/special needs child (1 designated carer free) £4.75
Serving Military Personnel (with ID) £6.75
Annual pass Adults £40.00
Children aged 3+ £30.00
(2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) £120.00
Seniors £30.00



See location of Chestnut Centre Otter, Owl and Wildlife on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 075820  Lat: 53.33495 Long: -1.88792

The Chestnut Centre is situated on the A625 (Chapel-en-le-Frith to Castleton road). The Centre is well signposted from all local roads.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Mobile phone coverageMobile phone coverage
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

The Natue Trail is not easy for wheelchair users but possible with help. Free access for wheelchair users.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesService dogs are NOT allowed:
  • free roaming deer

  • YesClear signage
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesHigh chairs for children


  • The Chestnut Centre is situated in the Peak District-therefore hilly terrain Wheelchair users can mangage to visit upper trail to see 4 specila otters, Deer, Pine Martens, Pole Cats. Wheelchair users are free of charge but require an able carer to attend.