Visitor Experiences

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Guide Dogs? Come to our National Centre to find out how every guide dog journey starts with our life-changing puppies. Join us for an amazing visitor experience; we can’t wait to show you around!

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National Centre - Classic Experience

Ever wondered how dogs become Guide Dogs?

Join us for a ‘behind-the-scenes’ experience of the UK’s only Breeding Centre for Guide Dogs - an unmissable opportunity to explore the fascinating journey of a guide dog from the very beginning - before they are even born. You may even get to see some of our gorgeous puppies as they eat, play, and snooze - though this is subject to mother nature and puppy availability.

During the experience, you'll be placed into small groups and guided around the state-of-the-art facility by our knowledgeable team of volunteers who will be able to share with you the secrets of our life-changing dogs. You’ll also discover fascinating information about our important work helping people with sight loss to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

The tour will last approximately two hours and will include:

  • A tour by expert guides
  • possible viewing of our puppies (subject to puppy availability)
  • A sensory tunnel experience and a chance to walk with mobility aids
  • A demonstration of guide dog equipment such as harnesses and canes
  • A visit to our gift shop for that memorable souvenir of your visit
  • Teas and coffee will be provided at the end of the tour

Please note, we do not train our guide dogs on-site at the National Centre, so it is very unlikely that you will see dogs being trained during your visit.

Regional centres - Classic Experience

We are not quite ready to host visitor experiences at our regional centres. Until we do, you can invite a speaker to visit you and share their own life changing journey to your school, group or organisation.