Ferne Animal Sanctuary Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre

Everyone wishing to access the grounds of the sanctuary does so via the Visitor Centre. Our colleagues at the Visitor Centre will provide a warm welcome and have all the information needed to make the most of your visit, at their fingertips. Inside you will find more about the history of Ferne, heart-warming stories of our animals, and details about how to become more engaged with the work that Ferne Animal Sanctuary does.

Take time to read about Ferne’s timeline, its’ beginnings in 1939 to the present day! Listen to a recoding of the speech made by our founder, recreated by one of her relatives, via the BBC in August 1939 that launched our unique and historic charity. Make sure you pick up the latest map & animal locations, details about Creative Corner (especially if you have young ones with you), the monthly sanctuary trail & quiz, and even binoculars if you wish.

Then simply enjoy your walk, take in the surroundings, and enjoy your time at Ferne. Our team are always happy to answer any questions you may have so feel free to say hello and ask anyone in a Ferne uniform if you have any queries.

Our animal sanctuary is dog friendly (with leads and please clear up if required). Dogs must not be left in cars. The sanctuary is also accessible via wheelchair.


How to find the Visitor Centre:

  • Find a space in our large car park by driving down the short lane after you have passed through the gate. You’ll go straight on at the very small roundabout with the sign in it and please note that there is a maximum 10MPH speed limit onsite. The car park is then directly to the left. Please park considerately.
  • There are 3 accessible car park spaces, for blue badge users only, available by turning right at the small roundabout instead of passing straight on.
  • There is a golden gravel path that leads from the main car park, alongside the field, with fencing to either side, and this will take you to the zebra crossing near the roundabout.
  • Walk over the zebra crossing, and the Visitor Centre is directly in front of you.
Ferne Animal Sanctuary Visitor Centre Interior
Ferne Animal Sanctuary Visitor Centre

What does it cost?

Admission charges

Our daily pass

*£8.75 Adult
*£7.70 Child (age 3–16)
*£27.45 for a family of two adults and up to three children.

* including Gift Aid

Our annual pass

£22.95 Adult
£19.95 Child (age 3–16)
£75.00 per family of two adults and up to three children.

Guided Tours

On your behind the scenes tour you will get to visit areas of the Sanctuary which are not open to the public.  You will get to visit the kennels and cattery and gain an understanding of why animals come to us, how we manage those animals while they are in our care and how we prepare them for rehoming.

We will have a full tour of the Sanctuary and can even tailor it to any of your own special interests.  This will include a field walk where we discuss how we manage our grazing and stocking levels, you will meet some of our more special residents who aren’t usually around for visitors to see due to some of their own troubles.  We will take a few minutes inside the aviary and talk about the variety of birds and how they have come to be with us then on to our small furry residents to hear about why they are with us and gain some understanding of the plight of so many unwanted small pets.  We hope you will go away with a deeper understanding of the work we do and how we improve the lives of those who end up in our care.


£15 per adult

£10 per child

£45 for a family

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