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Tilgate Park and Nature Centre

Voted number one children's attraction in Sussex by readers of the Evening Argus, there is something for everyone in Tilgate Park, and it is open all year round.

For a good sense of the beauty of the park and Nature Centre view this slideshow with fabulous photos by Steve Tripp


Steve's Smug Mug Tilgate Slide Show

Information found at: Crawley Borough Website

Opening Times

Nature Centre

10.00 - 18.00 during British Summer Time 7 days a week
10.00 - 16.00 Winter 7 days a week

Closed 25/12, 26/12 and 01/01

Walled Garden

10.00 - 17.00 Mon-Sat
10.00 - 17.30 Sun & Bank Holidays

Closed 25/12, 26/12 and 01/01

Walled Garden Café

10.00 - 16.30 Mon to Sat
10.00 - 17.00 Sundays & Bank Holidays

Closed 25/12, 26/12 and 01/01


By car: From M23/A23, take Pease Pottage exit and follow signs towards Crawley, then brown tourist information signs to Tilgate Park (which also direct visitors entering Crawley from other directions).

Train: to Crawley or Three Bridges, then bus to Tilgate shops, followed by 10-minute walk up Titmus Drive.

Main Car Park

Charges apply at the following times:

9.00 - 16.00 Winter (7 days)
9.00 - 18.00 Summer (7days)


Entry Charge



Disabled Drivers




[£5 for Crawley groups]



[£10 for Crawley groups]

Tilgate Park

The park has so much to offer:

  • Car and Coach Parking
  • Lakes, Lawns and Gardens
  • Miles of Woodland Walks & Bridleways
  • Nature Centre
  • Walled Garden & Cafe
  • Brewsters Family Pub, Restaurant and indoor play area
  • Craft Units
  • Picnic Areas
  • GreenZone environmental centre
  • Shire Horses
  • Toilets (incl. Disabled)
  • Tilgate Forest Golf Centre
  • Children's Play Areas

Tilgate Nature Centre aka Tilgate Zoo

In order to help pay for the running of this facility, we suggest a minimum donation on entry of 50p per person.


  • Animal collection in spacious paddocks, pens and aviaries. Discovery Room biodiversity displays
  • GreenZone sustainability displays
  • Toilets and Baby-changing

What animals are kept?

  • Domestic - White Park Cattle, Ponies, Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Canaries, Poultry
  • Wildlife - Deer, Wallabies, Red Squirrels, Water Voles, Cranes, Bald Ibises, Owls, Pheasants, Ducks, Geese and other birds, Lizards, Snakes, Turtles, Newts, Frogs, Tarantulas and Stick Insects.

Animal Adoption Scheme: The above animals are available for adoption, entitling the adopter to newsletters and special guided feeding tours when they can learn more about their favourite animals. An ideal gift! Look at our Animal Adoption page to find out more.

Educational activities: The Centre has a well-equipped classroom, and talks on a wide range of biological and environmental subjects can be offered to schools and other organized groups. During most school holidays, special events are organised, including the popular 'Meet the Animals' talks where you can get up close to a range of smaller creatures.

Wildlife and conservation: Look at our conservation page to find out how Tilgate Park and Nature Centre are helping to conserve wildlife both locally and globally, and how you can help.

Walled Garden

This was originally the kitchen garden for the Tilgate Estate. The emphasis of the Walled Garden is now education and enjoyment, with interest for all ages.

  • Café with patio
  • Toilets and Hand-washing Room
  • Picnic Tables, some under cover
  • Shire Horses
  • Maze
  • Themed gardens

Unusual Trees

Ornamental trees, some dating back to the 19th century, complement the natural woodland within the Park. You can find specimen trees from all over the world, including the Giant Redwood. Look in Related Documents for the self-guided Tilgate Tree Walk, which will take you past some of the best trees in the park.

"Very relaxing and comfortable stay. Lovely people! Felt safe and enjoyed the hospitality. If I am in the area again, I would like to stay here and, I will recommend. Thank you for making me feel welcome and safe. "

"Excellent package, attention and superb breakfast."