* Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays 10:30am - 3:30pm. Last Entry 2.30pm *
Monkton Nature Reserve is sited in a disused chalk quarry and comprises 16 acres of tranquil surroundings.
Entrance to the Field Study Centre is free, and you’ll find archaeological and natural history exhibits in our museum, a large selection of second-hand books and gifts, plus the Cabin café for light refreshments.
Modest fees apply (Family £10, Adult £5, Child £2.50) 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 sculpture trail, brass rubbing trail, a fossil and dinosaur trail, a fairy house trail and our ‘Walk, Watch, Listen and Learn’ activity.
12-month membership schemes are available: £15 for a Single adult; £20 for a Joint (2 adults at the same address) or £25 for Families (up to 2 adults + 6 children at the same address).
Schools and other group visits by private arrangement.
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.
The building which houses the Field Study Centre, museum, cafe and bookshop is all on the ground floor and there is a disabled access toilet.
Seating areas are provided close to non-accessible areas, with information to read about exhibits.
Paths cover the entire site and include around 15 steps; most trails are not suitable for wheelchair/buggy access.
Quiet days/special tours can be provided by arrangement.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Accessible car parking spaces are available 15 metres from the entrance.