Summer Opening Times:
1st May to 31st october
Daily including Bank holidays
10am - 4pm
Winter Opening Times:
1st Nov to 30th April
10am - 3pm
If the flag is flying we are open!
During the winter months the opening times may vary
and it is advisable to telephone before starting out on your
Seats are placed at strategic intervals throughout the reserve
and a picnic area is provided. Toilets are available in the
Field Centre, and there is also a large secondhand bookshop.
A number of nature trail paths have been laid out around the
reserve. An interpretative guide is included as part of the
There is much of interest to see in the exhibition areas of
the Field Study Centre. Displays usually include pond-life
aquaria, local archaeology, and the only comprehensive geological
collection in this part of Kent.
A large amount of reference material is available for those
visitors who wish to delve that little bit further, including
an extremely well-stocked natural history reference library.
The centre staff are happy to spend time with visitors answering
any questions they may have.
Monkton Nature Reserve is situated on the Isle of Thanet just
to the North of the village of Monkton. It is located in a
large chalk quarry at the junction of the A299 and the A253.
The entrance is 400 metres from the roundabout junction along
the A253 in the direction of Canterbury. There is a small
Car Park just inside the entrance to the reserve.
***Please remember that cliffs and
open water can be dangerous. Keep to the paths.***