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Tilgate Park

Tilgate Nature Centre

The Nature Centre is reopening from Monday 20 July 2020 but for the safety of our visitors, staff and animals entry is now possible only with a pre-booked ticket.

The Walled Garden Café and ice cream parlour is now open from 10am-6pm daily. The rest of the Walled Garden, including the Maze remain closed and picnics are not permitted anywhere within the Walled Garden.

The playground remains closed until further notice.

Please be mindful of local residents and emergency vehicle access and do not park in residential roads if car parks are full.

Tilgate Nature Centre is located in Tilgate Park and houses over 100 different species, from otters to owls, tapir to terrapins, reindeer to raccoon dogs. 

Enhance your visit by attending public talks and feeds, holiday activities, or book a special experience, including:

  • Meet the Meerkats
  • Tapir Time
  • Junior Keeper
  • Birthday parties 
  • Adopt an animal
  • School visits

Visit the Nature Centre website to book and find out more.


Crawley residents must log in to their myCrawley account when booking to access the discount. 

  • Adult - £6
  • Adult Crawley resident - £5
  • Child - £5
  • Child Crawley resident - £4
  • All under 2’s - Free
  • Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) - £20
  • Family ticket Crawley resident (2 adults and 2 children) - £16

One carer can enter for free when accompanying a disabled person with an official letter of confirmation such as DLA/PIP or diagnosis, or a Compass Card, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower, Carers Support Card or similar recognised scheme.

Opening times

29 March 2020 to 24 October 2020 from 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm)

Closed on Christmas Day.

Find us

Tilgate Nature Centre is located near to the Walled Garden in Tilgate Park.

Metrobus operates a service to the park via route 2.