Visit Battersea London

We've been based at our iconic centre in South West London, nestled in the shadow of Battersea Power Station, since 1871. We're open every day and welcome visitors to come and meet us and our animals in need of new homes.

Opening times

Opening times  
General admission Daily 10.30am - 4pm (last admission)
Rehoming enquiries Daily 10.30am - 4pm
Claiming a lost pet Daily 10.30am - 6pm
Café and gift shop Daily 10.30am - 4pm

Christmas opening times

Christmas opening times  
24 December Closed for rehoming and general visitors
25 December Closed for rehoming and general visitors
26 December Closed for rehoming and general visitors
31 December Last admission for rehoming or general visitors, 3pm
1 January Closed for rehoming and general visitors

When planning your visit, please remember that Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are normally quieter so wait times will be reduced and you will get to spend more time meeting our dogs and cats.

If you are looking to rehome one of our residents please find further information on our dog rehoming process and our cat rehoming process.

If you are planning on gifting your own pet to us please find further information on giving up your dog for adoption and giving up your cat for adoption.

Admission fees

We are heavily reliant on the generosity of supporters and visitors as we receive no Government funding. Without this, we would not be able to provide the same level of high quality care for the animals we look after.

Admission fees  
Adult £2
Child (3 to 15 years) £1
Child (under 3 years) Free
Concession £1
Group of up to 5 people £7

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

How to get to Battersea London

If you are visiting or looking to rehome an animal please use our main entrance on 4 Battersea Park Road, SW8 4AA.

If you are bringing in a stray animal or giving up your own pet for adoption please use the entrance of Sopwith Way for dogs and use the main entrance on Battersea Park Road for cats.


Nearest bus routes

44, 137, 156, 344, 436 and 452

Nearest train stations

Battersea Park (from Victoria or Clapham Junction) - three minutes’ walk
Queenstown Road (from Waterloo) - six minutes’ walk

Nearest tube

Vauxhall on the Victoria Line - 20 minutes’ walk along Nine Elms Lane

Travelling by car and parking

There is plenty of parking close by in some of the surrounding streets.

Disabled access

Step-free access is via the entrance on Battersea Park Road. For further information please contact us.

Battersea is on your doorstep

We have two other centres - Old Windsor in Berkshire and Brands Hatch in Kent.

Visit Old Windsor

Visit Brands Hatch