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Coronavirus update

The visitor centre is currently closed temporarily.  We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our local supporters and visitors for their custom and apologise for any inconvenience caused by this closure. 

Please note that the National Cat Adoption Centre is also closed to the public at this time. We would like to reassure you that we are still caring for the cats in our care, and offering a ‘virtual’ Hands Free Homing service, but due to COVID-19 restrictions we are currently unable to open our doors to the public until further notice. 

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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