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Coronavirus update

Sadly, we have made the difficult decision to close our National Cat Adoption Centre, Visitor Centre café and gift shop to the public until further notice. We appreciate how disappointing this is for our loyal supporters, but hope you understand that in the circumstances we need to do all that we can to protect people and the cats. 

To find out more about the ongoing situation on coronavirus and how this relates to Cats Protection, click here

Situated in 51 acres of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the glorious Ashdown Forest, Cats Protection’s National Cat Centre is the perfect rest stop for anyone using the forest for walking, cycling or touring.

From here, various offices work to administrate, support and promote the nationwide network of branches, adoption centres and shops to communicate our messages and raise funds on a national level.

There is something for everyone to enjoy; we house the National Cat Adoption Centre –  the UK’s largest cat rehoming centre – where you can meet some of the cats in our care and learn more about our work with cats.

At the Visitor Centre, which is the main reception for the site, we have a café, gift shop and meeting rooms with facilities available to hire.

Cats Protection's National Offices

Cats Protection
National Cat Centre
Chelwood Gate
RH17 7TT*

*RH17 7DE is for SatNav users. This will direct you to the correct site entrance.

Opening hours

Adoption centre: Open 10am-4pm, Monday-Sunday.
Visitor Centre: Open seven days a week, 10am - 4pm.
Admin offices: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
Helpline: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)

Tel: (National Information Line) 03000 12 12 12

Travelling to the National Cat Centre

Public transport

The 270 bus links up the major rail links of Brighton, Hassocks, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath and goes on to East Grinstead via Chelwood Gate, stopping outside the Red Lion pub on the A275, just a hundred yards or so from our entrance.

For timetable information please visit the Metrobus website

Group visits

For larger groups arriving by coach, please phone in advance to arrange your visit.

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