Dunstable Downs Chiltern Gateway Centre

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Dunstable Downs Chiltern Gateway Centre, Dunstable Road, Whipsnade, Bedfordshire. LU6 2GY

Extensive chalk and grassland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


There’s always something to do at Dunstable Downs Chiltern Gateway Centre.

Soar above a breathtaking landscape, sculpted over time, decorated by nature and enjoyed by generations.

Stand on top of Dunstable Downs for a view that will simply take your breath away. These Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are designated for the quality of their chalk grasslands.

As well as two Scheduled Ancient Monuments (Five Knolls and Medieval Rabbit Warrens) there are many other historical features and the site has much to offer you.

The chalk grasslands of the Downs have miles of footpaths and several circular walks, a fascinating history and an abundance of plants and wildlife.

Dunstable Downs is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the highest point in Bedfordshire.

The wind-swept ridge provides ideal conditions for a variety of air sports, especially kite flying. On calmer days it’s the ideal site to enjoy the view and a picnic.

Please note: Chilterns Gateway Centre is owned by Central Bedfordshire Council and managed by the National Trust.


View of Bedfordshire Countryside from Dunstable Downs Chiltern Gateway Centre

What’s On At Dunstable Downs & Chiltern Gateway Centre

Breakfast with Father Christmas
Saturday & Sunday from 1st – 23rd December 9.30am – 10.30am/11.30am -11.30am
£7.50 Adult & £5.50 Child

Breakfast with Father Christmas At Chiltern Gateway

In the run-up to the festive season Father Christmas will be having breakfast in The View Café so why not join him? He will be there to talk to everyone so if you have any requests you can give them to him. He will be here every weekend in December so don’t miss out. We will be giving a free Christmas Trail with every child’s breakfast booked. Call 03442 491895 A booking fee of 5% will be added to your bill

Christmas Carol Trail 2018
Saturday & Sunday from 1st – 23rd December 10.30am – 3pm (Last entry 2.30pm). Child £2.50

Christmas Carol Trail At Chiltern Gateway Centre

Our Christmas trail, this year, is based on the carol – 12 days of Christmas so who will you be – a leaping Lord or a dancing lady? You could ‘high-five’ for the five gold rings or whistle with the eleven pipers.
Collect your trail at reception and follow the clues. You might want to sing along as you walk!
Get a free trail if you book breakfast with Father Christmas! You could combine the trail with a craft making session afterwards.

Christmas Crafts 2018
Saturday & Sunday from 1st – 23rd December 10.30am – 3pm Child £2

Christmas Crafts At Chiltern Gateway

Come along and make your very own winter/Christmas themed craft at the visitor centre.
Make a winter/Christmas craft from natural materials found here on the Downs to decorate your own tree and maybe an extra one to help us decorate ours.

For more information visit the website


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