Monkton Nature Reserve

Monkton Nature Reserve is unique in East kent as the only privately owned nature reserve, held in trust for the local community.

Entrance to the Field Study Centre is free, where you will find archaeological and natural history exhibits and a large selection of secondhand books.

Modest entrance fees apply for access onto the reserve itself which features various habitats, such as chalk grassland, woodland and aquatic. Take a gentle walk around the reserve and discover lots of wildlife and wild flowers, such as birds of prey, migrating birds, newts, eight varieties of orchid and much more.

Numerous benches around the reserve will allow you a moment to take in the lovely views. There are also various activities throughout the year for children including a brass rubbing trail, a dinosaur trail and an arts and crafts box in the main picnic area. More activities are planned.

We also have an active astronomy group with two on-site observatories. The group holds regular viewing evenings and events throughout the year (free to members.)

Membership schemes are available £15 single and £20 joint/family for the calendar year. Free parking (including disabled) is available.

You can find us at the junction of the A253 Canterbury Road and A299 Thanet Way, CT12 4LH. The reserve can also be reached by bus from Ramsgate and Canterbury.

Opening Times

Open from 10am to 5pm from April to October (inclusive)

Open from 10am to 3pm from November to March (inclusive)


  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours
  • Coaches welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking