Plan your visit
Toilets: open daily, 9.30am-5pm.
Refreshments: open daily, 9.30am-5pm (take away only)
- Christmas Eve: visitor centre, shop and toilets are closed. Car park and trails open 6am- 6pm.
- Christmas Day: visitor centre, shop and toilets are closed. Car park and trails open 6am- 6pm.
- Boxing Day: visitor centre, shop and toilets are closed. Car park and trails open 6am- 6pm.
- New Year’s Eve: Visitor centre, shop and toilets open 10am-4pm. Car park and trails open 6am- 6pm.
- New Year’s Day: Visitor centre, shop and toilets open 10am-4pm. Car park and trails open 6am- 6pm.
- All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
There are no entry fees to the nature reserve, but the following car parking charges apply:
- RSPB members: FREE (please get a free members ticket from our car parking machine and display your membership card face down in your windscreen)
- Non-members: £4 per car
- Blue badge holders: FREE
- Other discounts
- Joint entry for both Fairburn Ings and St Aidan’s is £5 per car for non-members.
How to get here
The closest train station is Castleford, 3 miles away.
Buses run - infrequently - to Fairburn and Ledston villages.
From the A1(M) leave at J42, take the A63 towards Leeds, follow signs for Fairburn on the A1246. From the M1 come off at J47. Take the A656 south towards Castleford, after 4 miles turn left onto Newton Lane, the visitor centre is 2 miles along the road on the right.
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
Dogs are welcome on the public footpaths and bridleways around the reserve. Please keep to the designated rights of way only.
Please keep your dog on a lead and under close, effective control at all times, due to the sensitive wildlife, habitats and livestock 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 and livestock can easily become startled by a loose 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 here by keeping your dog on a lead and under close, effective control.
- Dog water bowls and are available at the visitor centre.
- Sorry, dogs aren’t permitted in the visitor centre and shop other than assistance dogs.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
Groups are welcome to visit us during normal opening hours – please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Schools booking information
For full details on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions, visit our school trips information.
Bring your class to Fairburn Ings to witness for yourself this site’s wild learning experience. Shaped by a long history of mining, Fairburn Ings has been transformed from a coal face to wild place. Situated in the Aire Valley, a mosaic of wetland, meadow and woodland habitat are waiting for your class to explore.
Look for a flash of blue at our Kingfisher screen, search our meadows for minibeasts and find out what lurks beneath our ponds. Our purpose-built classroom, pond dipping and minibeast areas provide an up-close experience to explore topics such as habitats, food chains and adaptations in real life.
We have a number of programmes to choose from for a half or full day visit for Early Years and Primary.
We also welcome bookings from uniformed and youth groups and can tailor your visit to suit your needs.
For further questions, or to book phone 01767 693813 email email@example.com.
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