AboutThe 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 www.chestnutcentre.co.uk 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.
Chestnut Coffe Shop
Everyone is welcome our coffee shop is open to both park visitors or passers- by.
We have become a vital refuelling stop to cyclists on their way to Castleton!
Enjoy a cappucino and a homemade cake or a light snack.
The Natue Trail is not easy for wheelchair users but possible with help. Free access for wheelchair users.
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
- Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2016
Booking & Payment Details
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Gift shop
- Public toilets
- Smoking not allowed
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- On-site catering
- Picnic site
- Free Parking
Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities
- Mobile phone coverage
- Education/study area
- Facilities for educational visits
- Guided tours for groups
* 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
Map & Directions
The Chestnut Centre is situated on the A625 (Chapel-en-le-Frith to Castleton road). The Centre is well signposted from all local roads.
Attractions Self Assessment
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.