Plan your visit
The visitor centre and reserve is open daily from 9.30am - 5.00pm (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day). The cafe is open and serving hot meals food from 10am - 3pm and serving snacks, drinks and cakes until 4pm.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
- Concessions: £3.50
- Free access from Old Moor to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council 'Passport to Leisure' and 'Rothercard' cardholders.
How to get here
Wombwell (3 miles/5 km). Swinton (3 miles/5 km). Wombwell station can be accessed from the Trans Pennine Trail.
Buses are infrequent, so please check with local providers before you visit.
The Trans Pennine Trail runs along the Southern edge of the reserve. Access to the reserve is via a bridge into the car park. There are a good number of cycle racks in the courtyard.
Enter S73 0YF into your sat nav for direction.
From the M1: Leave at junction 36 and take the A61 (Barnsley). At the next roundabout, follow the brown RSPB Old Moor signs on the A6195 (Doncaster) for approximately four miles.
From the A1: Leave at junction 37 (Doncaster), follow the A635 towards Barnsley, then follow the brown RSPB Old Moor signs.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
We have four satellite sites you may also like to visit.
Adwick Washlands is approximately two miles to the east of RSPB Old Moor and a map with directions can be obtained from the visitor centre at Old Moor. There is a car park on Furlong Road, postcode DN5 7FR, half way between the villages of Adwick Upon Dearne and Harlington.. (Please do not park on Lowfield Road outside residential houses.)
Bolton Ings is a short walk along the Trans Pennine Trail from Old Moor. There is no public access onto the reserve but you can view the reserve from the old railway line (locally named 'warbler way') and there is a public hide offering views of the main pool and reedbeds.
Gypsy Marsh is a five minute walk from Old Moor and easily accessible by bicycle along the Trans Pennine Trail (you can obtain a map of our sites from the visitor centre). A public footpath runs through the middle of the site.
- Wombwell Ings is around a mile from RSPB Old Moor. A map and directions are available at the Old Moor Visitor Centre. Parking is available on the old Pontefract Road or the site can be easily reached on foot from Old Moor or by bike from the nearby Trans Pennine Trail.
Group booking information
Old Moor can easily accommodate group visits and has dedicated coach parking facilities. There is plenty of space to enjoy the reserve and cafe facilities are available along with a 'grab and go' picnic offer. We are happy to arrange guided tours/talks for an additional charge.
Visits to our satellite sites, Adwick Washland, Bolton Ings, Gypsy Marsh and Wombwell Ings can be included in a group visit to RSPB Old Moor. (Please note that there is no coach parking at Adwick. If you are coming by coach and want to visit this site, please ring Old Moor in advance).
In order to help us plan ahead, we ask that groups of ten or more book in advance. Email email@example.com or call 01226 751593.
Schools booking information
We can provide your students with unique and memorable learning experiences. Led by our professional learning staff, programmes are linked to curriculum topics and are carefully crafted so that you and your classes get the most out of their time outdoors.
You can choose from a selection of half or full-day programmes that will get your group exploring the natural world with exciting hands-on activities.
School groups have access to a dedicated private area, separate from other reserve visitors. Our facilities include a dedicated activity centre, pond dipping platforms, bug hunting meadow, education woodland and dedicated bird hide. Find out more information on our school trips pages.
To book, simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 233 4315.
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