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Animal Sanctuary:National Cat Centre

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Cats Protection's National Cat Centre

Cats Protection's National Cat Centre


Chelwood Gate,
Haywards Heath,
West Sussex,
RH17 7DE


A visit to the National Cat Centre, set in delightful woodland, is a memorable experience for all the family and entry is completely free! Come and meet the gorgeous cats and kittens looking for loving new homes at our adoption centre.

Shop in our unique gift shop, relax in the café with free WiFi.

Feeling energetic? Follow our fascinating nature trail and learn all about local wildlife. F

Free entry, free parking, disabled access and picnic area.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Free entry and parking

Opening Details

Open all the time

Daily 10am - 4pm. Adoption centre open late on Fridays until 6pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.


Free entry

Free parking


See location of National Cat Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TQ 415304  Lat: 51.05564 Long: 0.01795

Important: If using SatNav please input this postcode RH17 7DE.

Travelling up the A275 northbound past Danehill, you enter Chelwood Gate village. Immediately after the Red Lion pub and BMW garage, take the next right hand turn (look for brown signs and road markings for cars turning right). Drive slowly down the lane, observing the 10 mph speed limit, until you reach the National Cat Centre. This is a new road so is not yet marked on any maps and does not yet have a name.

Travelling down the A275 southbound from Wych Cross, you will drive approximately one mile of straight road to Chelwood Gate and then take a left turn (look out for "New Road Layout" signs and a central waiting island for cars arriving from the south). The turning is just before the BMW garage on the left hand side. Drive slowly down the lane, observing the 10 mph speed limit, until you reach the National Cat Centre. This is a new road so is not yet marked on any maps and does not yet have a name. Please note that the entrance is not obvious from the road and comes upon you quickly. You will need to drive slowly in order not to miss it!

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from East Grinstead station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Free entry and parking

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesNut free
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children