We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Big Cat Sanctuary

Features Animals
Share
Review Highlights
One of the best experiences of my life

Had the Big Cat Experience - absolutely brilliant. Becky was a fantastic tour guide during our... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
kennedymac
,
Hampton, United Kingdom
via mobile
Wow! Wow! Wow!

This was a truly wonderful experience. We arrived at the gates as the heavens opened and honestly... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jmai
,
London, United Kingdom
Read all 724 reviews
855
All photos (855)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent93%
  • Very good4%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“open days”(90 reviews)
“hand feeding”(29 reviews)
About
The Big Cat Sanctuary The Big Cat Sanctuary is a conservation charity, home to over 50 big and small cats across 16 different species. We are proud to have the most diverse collection in the UK, from the largest, to the smallest, to the most...more
Contact
Marley Farm Headcorn Road, Smarden TN27 8PJ, England
Website
+44 1233 771915
Call
Reviews (724)
Filter reviews
722 results
Traveller rating
681
31
2
1
7
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
681
31
2
1
7
Show reviews that mention
All reviews open days photography workshop hand feeding cat lovers general public an amazing experience camera settings overnight stay photographic experience these magnificent animals once in a lifetime afternoon tea resident photographer amazing photos wild cats snow leopard lions roaring
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 722 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had the Big Cat Experience - absolutely brilliant. Becky was a fantastic tour guide during our private tour. We learnt so much about conservation, breeding programmes and the animals. Would totally recommend this experience.

Thank kennedymac
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a truly wonderful experience. We arrived at the gates as the heavens opened and honestly wondered if the weather would pick up. We parked and headed to the reception area where the friendly staff said take a seat and we dried off. The...More

Thank Jmai
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I will not say that this experience was cheap by any means, even with a discount through secret escapes, however the money goes back into supporting this place and it’s beautiful animals which absolutely makes it worth the expense! We were treated as VIPs by...More

Thank Fearless545096
TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for reviewing your recent Overnight Big Cat Safari at The Big Cat Sanctuary. We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the whole experience, from the food and accommodation to getting up close to the big cats themselves, thank you so much....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had booked a Big Cat Experience for my boyfriend who is very difficult to buy for. I knew he likes big cats (especially the tigers). If you do nothing else for the rest of your life take a trip out to this amazing place...More

2  Thank Eve M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Today, I had the most amazing day of my life. I have been very lucky visiting some iconic places in the world, however my experience today with Simon and Louise at the sanctuary today will be never been forgotten. From the moment I arrived for...More

1  Thank Sean P
TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for reviewing your recent experience at The Big Cat Sanctuary. We are really happy to hear how much you enjoyed it and hope you will be back to see the cats and get an update on our breeding and conservation work in the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an overnight luxury lodge stay booked through Secret Escapes. It was VERY expensive but worth every penny. The lodge was luxurious, the food (afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast) were fantastic. The service was very good. And of course seeing all the cats was...More

2  Thank 9210Kitty
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like others, we watched the TV documentary Big Cats about the house and were smitten with Maya and Willow. When a lodge stay at the Sanctuary came up on Secret Escapes we jumped at the chance to visit. Is was a 3+ hour journey but...More

1  Thank Fleur50
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed in one of the lodges, nice experience getting close to these magnificent creatures but not much talked about the breading program and what happens next, also thought as they have 34 acres of land the animals are in small enclosures, especially the 2 lions...More

Thank Honeymooners1234
TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at The Big Cat Sanctuary. It is very much appreciated as we are always striving to improve the experience here and feedback is an essential part of this. We are sorry to hear that you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We celebrated our wedding anniversary. We stayed in the Puma Lodge excellent. We love small and big cats and the experience was amazing. The keeper who escorted us around the Sanctuary was knowledgeable and very interesting to listen to and to be so near the...More

1  Thank Cindy A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having watched Giles Clark in Tigers about the house and Big Cars about the house we really wanted to visit the sanctuary to see how Maya and Willow were getting on. When the overnight lodge stay came up on secret escapes we jumped at the...More

1  Thank Wendy J
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Weald of Kent Golf Course & Hotel
350 reviews
5.01 km away
The Dering Arms
94 reviews
5.86 km away
Chilston Park Hotel
1,096 reviews
7.35 km away
London Beach Country Hotel & Spa
774 reviews
7.99 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 3 nearby restaurants
The Flying Horse
100 reviews
2.13 km away
Krishna
190 reviews
2.93 km away
Frasers
169 reviews
3.63 km away
Who'd A Thought It Restaurant
158 reviews
4.72 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 5 nearby attractions
Aero Legends
87 reviews
1.34 km away
Headcorn Aerodrome Pleasure Flights
34 reviews
1.50 km away
The Big Shoot
14 reviews
1.54 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
KathyMayJohn
14 November 2018|
Answer
Response from TheBigCatSanctuary | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for getting in touch. Yes, all of our lodges have detachable shower heads.
0
Votes
KathyMayJohn
14 November 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from TheBigCatSanctuary | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for getting in touch. The afternoon tea usually finishes around 3.30-3.45, after which you would go out for your first tour of the sanctuary. The tour tends to finish at 5.15-5.30. Guests at this point would... More
0
Votes
Margaret E
17 October 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from TheBigCatSanctuary | Property representative |
Hi Margaret, unfortunately, we aren't able to accommodate dogs on site, with the exception of working or assistance dogs.
0
Votes