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National Cat Adoption Centre & Visitors Centre

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Address: Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath RH17 7LQ, England
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+44 1825 741900

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Lovely visit

My husband and I have just got back from visiting this centre after a lovely few hours there. We were a little confused when we first arrived as to where to go first. We decided... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 October 2016
Laura F
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We took the children for what we hoped would be an educational trip and an insight into what it means to look after a cat. The centre is signposted and easy to find. Plenty of parking and they also had an additional overflow area. The visitors centre was fine and the cafe was okay (clearly run by volunteers and all... More 

Thank Joseph S
NCAC C, Manager at National Cat Adoption Centre & Visitors Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, we are always open to suggestions on ways we can improve our services, however it is probably worth me explaining why, as a general visitor, you were not able to stroke the cats. The main reason for the Adoption Centre is to find new homes for all the cats and kittens, who through no fault... More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have just got back from visiting this centre after a lovely few hours there. We were a little confused when we first arrived as to where to go first. We decided to head into the main building to begin with and found inside a shop and cafe. We enjoyed looking around the shop, buying some reasonable... More 

1 Thank Laura F
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

I visited here with my partner as we assumed a cat we found had been taken here, and after countless mistakes by our local vets "two" we decided to see if he was taken to cats protection. He was but not this one, we spoke to a very, very helpful kind understanding lady who explained a few things with us... More 

Thank Stefanie121212
Scaynes Hill, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We went here for a day out rather than to adopt a cat. The staff were lovely and helpful, the cafe reasonably priced with nice food and variety. Toys avaliable for children in the cafe which was a nice touch. We went here in the summer holidays when there was a dinosaur and fairy event which the kids loved. We... More 

Thank fullhousefamily
Plumpton Green, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

There is something for everyone at the National Cat Adoption Centre, which is set in beautiful grounds backing on to the Ashdown Forest. We started by going around the Homing Wings admiring all the lovely cats waiting patiently for their forever homes, then bought a couple of cheap paperbacks in Reception, where the friendly and helpful staff are always available... More 

Thank 379jill
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Came with our 6 year old and enjoyed the fairy trail organised by the centre. It's in beautiful grounds with donkeys to see as an added bonus. The cafe doesn't serve lunch for long but it was delicious and very child friendly

Thank Woodengoose
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

The ground are a great day out (if the weather is good), our son loved the nature trail and our daughter loved the fairy enclosure. The hardest part was leaving without taking a cat home. The staff should be praised for their hard work, enthusiasm and friendliness. A great day out for free.

Thank 252wayne
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Very safe environment for both the people and the cats.Great free day out, there is a nature walk with a nature trail sheet for children. A fairly priced shop for cat toys and other cat realated items. The cafe sells lovely food for midday and has 99.99% real fruit juice slush puppies... perfect for children! They also have 3 bonded... More 

Thank Emily S
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91 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

This site is so impressive - and a great day out for a day out. The grounds are stunning and there is plenty to do for the day. There is a nature trail, a donkey Sanctuary, you can view the cats in a very welcoming environment and there are lots of places for picnics and bbqs. Very easy access -... More 

Thank Sarah W
Forest Row, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

I have visited here a couple of times with small children and with my girl guides. I always want to take animals with me when I leave. It is a wonderfully well run place with happy and knowledgeable staff. We combined our visits with the attached nature walk. - this part is not wheelchair friendly. They do have a small... More 

Thank Jade T

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