What's here? at Minsmere
Available on site
243 spaces. 8 Blue Badge spaces. Blue badge spaces 80 metres from visitor centre via a sloped path. Drop-off outside visitor centre – beware of vehicles and pedestrians. Level and even pea gravel surface. 2 coach spaces. Electric vehicle charging point. Our charger can be very popular. To ensure you can use the car charger call 01728 648281. No lighting. No height restrictions. No overnight parking or camping. Bicycle racks available. Please don't park on the road, verges or in gateways, as it causes an obstruction for residents and emergency services.
Our toilets are open daily, 9am-5pm. We have two accessible toilets. One is located behind the retail till and another is located in our separate toilet block just next to our visitor centre.
They are located in our toilets next to our visitor centre.
Some nature trails and hides are adapted for pushchairs.
A mobility scooter and manual wheelchair are available to borrow, booking essential. Some nature trails and hides are adapted for wheelchairs.
Our toilets are open daily, 9am-5pm. They are located in a separate toilet block just next to our visitor centre.
Our visitor centre is open daily. Pedestrian access by a tarmac sloping path from Blue Badge parking or steps closer to the visitor centre. Enter through heavy doors, opening outwards. A door bell is provided for assistance. Ground floor, tiled, step-free and level throughout with a slight slope on entry. Clear print displays. Low counter section. Chairs available on request. Good lighting. Portable hearing loop.
Indoor seating or takeaway available. Card payments preferred. Level surface, tiled floor and step-free throughout. Upright chairs without arms. Mix of self-service and staff assistance. Additional seating outdoors. Contrasting crockery. We cater for sugar free (diabetic), vegetarian, gluten free (coeliac), lactose free (dairy free), nut free, low fat and vegan specific diets. Please advise staff of any allergies or dietary requirements.
Our shop is open daily, and our friendly team are on hand to serve and advise you. The shop is in the visitor centre next to the tearoom. Space limited in places. Good lighting. Some goods maybe difficult to reach. Staff available to assist.
You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy on your visit, or pick one up from our café. From the car park to the picnic area, there is a permanent ramp. The path is 1400mm wide, or more. The entrance to access the picnic area is 2000mm wide. Some tables have space for wheelchair users. You can bring your own food to the picnic area. We have a number of benches located along our trails and footpaths. Help keep this place safe and special for wildlife and people by taking your litter home with you.
Our popular RSPB binoculars are available to hire on your visit.
We run an exciting programme of guided walks and other events throughout the year.
Our hides and viewing points are open dawn to dusk, daily. Ramped or level entry into four hides (North, West, East, South and Island Mere).
A mix of different paths, both flat and undulating, where walks can be enjoyed. Some nature trails and hides are adapted for wheelchairs and pushchairs. A new Access For All boardwalk path from North Wall to East Hide is open as of 2022. Benches on many parts of the trails. - The Scrape Trail is 2 miles long. Allow around 1 hour to complete this trail. - The Island Mere Trail is 1.5 miles long. Allow around 1 hour to complete this trail. - The Woodland Trail is 1 mile long. Allow around 1 hours to complete this trail. We have a number of Public Rights of Way across the site. Speak to our staff at the visitor centre to find out more.
Two classrooms in the Discovery Centre. Level throughout and flexible layout. Carpet and lino flooring. Good lighting. Clear print displays.
Our Wild Zone is open and located at the Discovery Centre. Go wild on our nature-inspired play equipment including: Den building, migration maze, Sand Martin tunnels and Bittern nest.
BBQs are a fire risk, endangering other people and the precious wildlife and habitats here. They are not permitted on the reserve at any time.
Dogs are welcome in visitor centre, shop and cafe. No dogs, except registered assistance dogs, on nature trails or in hides. Please ask at reception for a map of the many public rights of way across and around the reserve where dogs can be walked. There is no shaded parking available.
Assistance dogs are welcome in all parts of the reserve.
No cycling on the nature trails, please.