Plan your visit
Car park: open daily, 9am-8pm. Closed outside of these hours.
Nature reserve: open daily, 9am-8pm. Closed outside of these hours.
Toilets: open daily, 9.30am-8pm.
Visitor Centre: Closed.
Refreshments and shop: Open daily, 9.30am-4.30pm (takeaway refreshments only)
Festive opening times:
- Christmas Eve: Reserve, car park, visitor centre, toilets, shop, trails and hides closed.
- Christmas Day: Reserve, car park, visitor centre, toilets, shop, trails and hides closed.
- Boxing Day: Reserve, car park, visitor centre, toilets, shop, trails and hides closed.
- New Year’s Eve: Reserve open 9am-4pm. Staffed outdoor welcome point, toilets, takeaway refreshments and hides open 10am-4pm
- New Year’s Day: Reserve open 9am-4pm. Staffed outdoor welcome point, toilets, takeaway refreshments and hides open 10am-4pm
- All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
Visitor centre is closed
Binocular hire is closed
Guided walks is closed
Viewing points are closed
Educational facilities are closed
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 can die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
Groups are usually welcome to visit us during normal opening hours. However, changes to laws in England mean that the maximum group size able to visit our reserve together is currently 6, unless you are from the same household or bubble.
We regularly welcome small groups of up to 20 people, with plenty of space to explore the reserve together. Groups of more than 10 people must book in advance, and guided tours are available for an additional charge. Bookings can be made by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 0151 353 2720.
The reserve does not have coach parking facilities, however we can accommodate coach groups, with further information available on enquiry.
Schools booking information
Due to Covid-19 measures, we have temporarily paused school visits until Spring 2021. We usually offer self-guided school visits, but we don't have a formal 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 here.