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About Conwy

View looking over estuary with Snowdonia in the distance, RSPB Conwy reserve

Image: Ben Hall

Situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary, with magnificent views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, this reserve is delightful at any time of year.

Conwy's a great place to get close to wildlife, to spend time with family and friends, or just take time out in fantastic scenery that embraces 4,000 years of human history. There’s a network of pushchair-friendly trails with viewpoints and hides to make the most of your visit and plenty of information to explain what you're watching. Perhaps you’ll meet one of our friendly volunteer wildlife guides who can help you discover just a little bit more?

In our Visitor Centre, our warm welcome will ensure you have exactly what you need for your visit. We have activities that involve the whole family, such as Wildlife Bingo, encouraging you to look out for nature as you walk the trails. Immediately behind the Visitor Centre, an area we call Y Maes, has lots of opportunities for wildlife discovery and natural play – and it's not just for kids; we see plenty of older people trying the hula-hoops!

We have events to suit families and adults, whether your interest is wildlife, history, art or any number of other subjects.

We love our food at Conwy so why not visit our monthly Farmers' Market or call in at the Waterside Coffee Shop, overlooking the lagoon, and enjoy a drink, a snack or light lunch using delicious local produce. We have a well-stocked shop, too, with good advice on everything from feeding birds to new binoculars.

We welcome group visits, but please book these with us in advance so that we can give you the best possible service. Entry rates are listed below, but we can also organise guided walks for a flat-fee of £30 for a group of up to 15 people, £50 for a group of 15 to 30 people. Please ring the reserve at least six weeks before your proposed visit to arrange a group visit.

Opening times

The shop and visitor centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30 am-5 pm. The coffee shop is open from 10 am-4 pm.

Entrance charges

Members free. Non-members: £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. A family ticket is £12.50.

If you are new to birdwatching...

Why not join a guided walk with our volunteers every Saturday at 11 am? They will help you spot and identify the birds. You can hire a pair of binoculars from us (£3 a visit). Just ask at reception.

Information for families

If you want the kids to burn some energy before going wildlife-watching or while you enjoy some time out over a coffee at a picnic table, there’s a playspace with things to climb, tunnel, build and hide in. They’ll meet Tegi, our friendly earth-monster, built from the soil we excavated while constructing The LookOut, our straw bale building. From our Visitor Centre, collect one of our Bingo cards, encouraging you to take a closer look at the reserve. Bingo cards change according to season and are available in Welsh or English. There's a self-guided Discovery Trail, and all the tracks are pushchair-friendly. The LookOut has a popular toybox to occupy little hands if the weather is wet.

Information for dog owners

Sorry, we don't allow dogs, except registered assistance dogs, because there are breeding birds and, in winter, roosting birds on the reserve. There’s a popular dog walk along the estuary, running north from the reserve.

Contact us

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 53.280277,-3.809516
  • Postcode: LL31 9XZ
  • Grid reference: SH797773
  • Nearest town: Conwy
  • County: Conwy
  • Country: Wales

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