Plan your visit
- Nature reserve: open daily, 9am. Closing times change seasonally, see below.
- Car park: open daily, 9am. Closing times change seasonally, see below.
- Toilets: open daily, 9am. Closing times change seasonally, see below.
- Seasonal closing times:
March - 6pm
April - 8pm
May, June, July - 9pm
August - 8pm
September - 7pm
October - 6pm.
All other months close at the same time as the visitor centre.
Closed and locked outside these times.
- Visitor Centre: open daily
9.30am-5pm, 1 February-31 October.
9.30am-4.30pm, 1 November-31 January.
- Refreshments: available daily, 9.30am-4.30pm.
- Mail order shop: open daily, 9.30am-4.30pm.
Festive opening times
- Christmas Eve: nature reserve open, 9am-1pm. Visitor centre, refreshments, shop and toilets open, 9.30am-1pm.
- Christmas Day: nature reserve, visitor centre, refreshments, shop and toilets closed.
- Boxing Day: nature reserve, visitor centre, refreshments, shop and toilets closed.
- New Year’s Eve: nature reserve open, 9am-3pm. Visitor centre, refreshments, shop and toilets open, 9.30am-3pm.
- New Year’s Day: nature reserve open, 10am-4pm. Visitor centre, refreshments, shop and toilets open, 10.30am-4pm.
- All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
£3 (5-17 years)
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
How to get here
The nearest train stations are at Neston (3.4miles) and Hooton (4.3miles). Neston is on the Wrexham-Bidston (Borderlands Line). Hooton is served by Merseyrail’s Wirral Line.
The nearest bus service stops at Ness Botanic Gardens (1.4miles from the reserve).
The Burton Marsh Greenway is a scenic cycle route to Burton from Chester and Wales and links with the Wirral Way in Neston.
The reserve is signposted off Puddington Lane, Burton, accessed via the A540 and 10 minutes from the M56.
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.
Information for dog owners
Sorry, dogs are not permitted at Burton Mere Wetlands, except assistance dogs, due to the sensitive wildlife and habitats here.
We know that the countryside is a dog walking paradise. It’s important to remember the special surroundings here are wonderful havens for rare wildlife. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife can easily become startled by a dog they perceive as a predator.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife by not exercising your dog here.
- Other exciting dog walking routes are available to enjoy in the local area; nearby Burton Marsh and Parkgate parts of our Dee Estuary reserve have permissive footpaths where dogs are welcome on a short lead.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
Bringing a flock? We welcome group bookings of up to 20 people.
Please notify us of your visit in advance. Whether it is to reserve parking, arrange a tailored introductory talk or organise a bespoke guided walk for your group, we can ensure that your needs are attended to. We don't have coach parking facilities, however we can accommodate coach groups, with further information available on enquiry.
If you are a nature tour leader, we would love to work with you to make the most of your trip for your guests.
For all group visits, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 0151 353 2720 so we can arrange your visit to your specific requirements.
Schools booking information
Bring your class along for a fantastic self-guided school visit. We can provide you with curriculum-linked resources to make the most of your trip. We don't have coach parking facilities, however we can accommodate coach groups, with further information available on enquiry.
For full details and to book please email email@example.com.
We don’t have a guided education programme here at Burton Mere Wetlands. For information on the exciting programme of guided, curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions available at other RSPB reserves, visit our school trips information.