Chestnut Centre Otter, Owl & Wildlife Park

Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peaks, Derbyshire SK23 0QS

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Opening Times

Open daily all year, except Christmas and Boxing days. Also closed weekdays during January.

Autumn/winter 10:30am-4:30pm or dusk (last entry 3pm)

Spring/summer 10:30am-5:30pm (last entry 4pm)

Admission Prices



Children (3-16 yrs)




Family ticket (2+2 or 1+3)


Serving military personnel (ID needed)


Special needs adult


Special needs child


One designated carer per special needs person free.

Wheelchair users admitted free due to difficult terrain.

Season tickets also available; see zoo's website for details.


The Chestnut Centre is set in 50 acres of the beautiful Peak District National Park. It is home to Europe's largest collection of otters, a large collection of owls, and a number of indigenous British species.

The animal enclosures are arranged along a 3/4 mile nature trail. This will lead you through the deer meadow, home to both fallow and Manchurian sika deer. Cross over the stream and meet the giant otters Manoki, Panambi with their teenage cubs Simuni and Akuri and also two newly born cubs. Watch the antics of the North American river otters and the small Asian short clawed otters, whilst the shy Eurasian otters can be seen sleeping in their holt.

Further along the trail meet the foxes, endangered Scottish wildcats, pine marten and polecats as well as 17 species of owl.

Official Website

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Car Park



Large cafe with picnic areas. Enjoy a cappuccino with a slice of cake. Hot and cold snacks available including soup and sandwiches.

Special Needs

Difficult for wheelchairs, but not impossible.


No dogs allowed, except hearing and guide dogs.


Animal Collections

Mammals, Birds

Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.

Star Animals

Giant otter family - the first of its kind in the UK

How To Get There:

By Car

The Chestnut Centre is located just outside Chapel-en-le-Frith in the High Peak, about 1 km from the A6 on the Sheffield Road to Castleton. Brown tourist signs are in place.

By Public Transport

By Bus:

199 bus from Buxton or Stockport - alight in Chapel-en-le-Frith and walk up the Sheffield Road for approximately 25 minutes.

Data on this page last updated: Apr 13 2014

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