Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Spectacular views of rolling chalk grasslands and a seemingly endless sky in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A bit about us

Look down on 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. There are several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designated for the quality of the 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.

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

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


Accessibility

For visitors with mobility impairments

Blue Badge parking.

Accessible route and/or map

Multi-user path across the Downs.

Level access to shop

Shop situated just off main courtyard inside visitor centre.

Accessible toilet

Accessible toilets internally and externally.

Powered mobility vehicle available

Two Trampers available to hire, please call 01582 500920 to book

Induction loop

Induction loops are available at the shop and the Café.

Seating available

Accessible benches and chairs available inside and outside.

Level access to food outlet

Café situated to the right of the visitor centre.

Wheelchairs available

Wheelchairs available to borrow.

For visitors with hearing impairments

Induction loop avaliable

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  • Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate
  • Chilterns Gateway Centre
  • Whipsnade Road
  • Dunstable
  • Bedfordshire
  • LU6 2GY

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  • MON:10.00am-4.00pm
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  • THU:10.00am-4.00pm
  • FRI:10.00am-4.00pm
  • SAT:10.00am-4.00pm
  • SUN:10.00am-4.00pm

  • Parking available
  • Children welcome
  • Coffee
  • Wifi available
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Restaurant
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Disabled WC available
  • WC
  • Seating available
  • Hearing loop available

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