Monkton Nature Reserve
* Now Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays 10:30am - 2:30pm *
We offer a full set of family/children’s activities
Entrance to Monkton Nature Reserve Field Study Centre is free, and you’ll find archaeological and natural history exhibits, a large selection of second-hand books, plus a small refreshments area.
Modest fees apply for access onto the reserve itself, featuring various habitats - chalk grassland, woodland and aquatic. Take a gentle walk around the reserve and discover lots of wildlife and wildflowers.
Benches around the reserve allow you to take in the views. There are various activities throughout the year for children including a brass rubbing trail, a dinosaur quiz trail, a fairy house trail and an arts and crafts box in the main picnic area.
An active astronomy group - Monkton Stargazers - are based at the Reserve, and have two on-site observatories. The group holds regular viewing evenings and events throughout the year. Membership is a free upgrade to the regular Reserve Membership.
12-month membership schemes are available: £15 for a Single adult; £20 for a Joint (2 adults at the same address) or Family (up to 2 adults + children at the same address). Concessionary rates are available.
For more information, including details of upcoming events, please go to our website. You can also find us on Facebook.
There is a concrete ramp leading into the building, and the entrance itself is wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Visitors can use the reception bell to ring for assistance.
The building which houses the entrance, Field Study Centre, and bookshop is all on the ground floor. Only 40% of the public areas are currently wheelchair accessible – it is hoped to increase this to 80% in the near future. Seating areas are provided close to non-accessible areas, with information to read about exhibits. Paths around the Woodland Trail include around 15 steps.
Only the women’s toilet is currently accessible.
Quiet days/special tours can be provided by arrangement.
Assistance Dogs are welcome.
Accessible car parking spaces are available 15 metres from the entrance.
Open at weekends and Tuesday and Thursday (10.30-2.30pm)
+ additional dates and times in the summer holidays, with organised events and activities.
Schools and other groups by private arrangement.
Free car parking
Restaurant / Cafe / Tea shop
Adults: £5 Children: £2.50 Concessions: £4 Groups: £10 Family