Facilities & access


  • NT café within the Gateway Centre
  • The National Trust gift shop within the Chilterns Gateway Centre specialises in a wide range of kites and other gifts
  • Parking at Dunstable Downs off B451 (£2.50); Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, B4540 (off the village green); Bison Hill off B4540; Whipsnade crossroads, junction of B4541 and B4540
  • Coach parking - space for three coaches only at Dunstable, booking essential (no other coach facilities)
  • Walks at waymarked routes, multi-user trail to Five Knolls and regular guided walks
  • Kite flying all year round
  • Dogs welcome under close control, on leads near livestock
  • Cycling - public bridleway giving cyclists shared access. Route is part of Icknield Way Trail

Family & children

  • Baby-changing rooms available at the Chilterns Gateway Centre during opening hours
  • Family events throughout the year, including annual kite festival
  • Family trails
  • Pushchairs and baby back-carriers admitted
  • Activity packs


  • Mobility parking in main car park, 20 yards
  • Grounds partly accessible on multi-user route
  • Level access to Chilterns Gateway Centre
  • Mobility toilets available both inside and outside the Chilterns Gateway Centre during opening hours
  • All picnic benches have wheelchair access