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Coronavirus update - visiting the National Cat Centre

Regrettably, our visitor centre, on-site café and National Cat Adoption Centre are currently closed to the public. You are welcome to visit our lovely woodland walk and further explore the stunning Ashdown Forest that surrounds us, however please note we have no toilets or baby-changing facilities available.

Why is the National Cat Centre closed?

While we miss welcoming local cat lovers to our Chelwood Gate site, we've taken the decision to remain closed to the public for now, to keep our employees, volunteers and the supporting public as safe as possible. Our feline residents have also become used to quieter hallways, so we're keen o reopen in a way that will not cause them any undue stress.

When will the National Cat Centre reopen?

Our team are working hard behind the scenes to continually assess the needs and safety of our cats, volunteers, employees and visitors. While we do not currently have a date in mind, please rest assured that we intend to welcome you back soon.

Can I still adopt a cat from the National Cat Adoption Centre?

Yes! During lockdown, we introduced hands-free homing, which has been successful in finding many of our cats and kittens brilliant new owners. We're continuing to rehome our cats virtually, however, once a cat has been reserved, we're offering visits to the adoption centre by appointment, so you have the opportunity to meet your moggy match. If you are interested in any of our cats available for adoption, please enquire via their listing.

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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

Our visitor centre, on-site café and National Cat Adoption Centre are currently closed to the public. 

Car park for those exploring the grounds: 8am - 4pm

National Information Line: 03000 12 12 12 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays)

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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