Facilities at Flatford Wildlife Garden

Full facilities information

Our cosy visitor centre is set among the stunning planting of the wildlife garden. During our open season, our friendly team are on-hand to welcome you on arrival and answer questions. Please see the 'Opening Times' section for details. 

The car parks available for the wildlife garden are not operated by the RSPB.

If you are parking at Flatford, parking charges can be found on the National Trust website, or if you are parking at Dedham and walking to the garden parking charges can be found on the Colchester Borough Council website.

We don't have our own toilets, but they are availble in the National Trust Constable Exhibition Centre, just across the lane from main garden entrance. Please visit their website for details. 

We don't have our own toilets, but they are availble in the National Trust Constable Exhibition Centre, just across the lane from main garden entrance. Please visit their website for details. 

Refreshments

We don't have refreshments available on site, but you're welcome to bring a picnic with you. See the 'Picnic Area' section. 

Nearest refreshments to purchase are within 100m of our main entrance at the National Trust tearoom. Please visit their website for details.

We don’t have an RSPB shop here. 

However, we do have a small range of products available to purchase during our open season, including plants, garden products and greeting cards. Card payments only please.

If you are inspired by what you see here, and fancy creating a wildlife garden of your own at home, all our great RSPB products including our premium bird food and feeders, nestboxes and wildlife homes, plus our range of binoculars and telescopes and a variety of nature-inspired gifts, are available from the shop at our nearby site at Minsmere or can be purchased from our online shop.

We don't have our own baby changing facilities, but they are availble in the National Trust Constable Exhibition Centre, just across the lane from main garden entrance. Please visit their website for details. 

During our open season, you are welcome to bring a picnic with you to enjoy on your visit.

A number of picnic benches are available to use.

Help keep this place safe and special for wildlife and people by taking your litter home with you.

BBQs are a fire risk, endangering other people and the precious wildlife and habitats here. They are not permitted in the garden at any time.

Pushchair friendly

This service is not available here.

Looking to buy a pair of binoculars or telescope? Head to our shop at RSPB Minsmere nature reserve where they’ve got a fantastic range suitable for all needs and budgets. Whether it’s a pair of binoculars for the family to spot nature in your own garden, a telescope to use out birding, or compacts that make seeing wildlife on your walks that little bit extra special, they’ve got something for everyone. Prices start from just £25 and include premium brands such as our own popular RSPB series, along with Viking, Swarovski, Leica, Nikon, Opticron and Zeiss.

We run an exciting programme of guided walks and other events throughout our open season and on sepcific dates through the autumn and winter. 

Please see the ‘Activities and Events’ tab for more details of upcoming events and how to book.

The rich variety of wildlife living here, along with the beautiful garden setting, can be enjoyed from the paths around the site.

The garden is petite (about a third of a hectare) so you can spend just a short while, or pause for longer when exploring this pretty setting and discovering the wildlife that lives here.  

Check out our fantastic range of resources for teachers, or take on the Schools’ Wild Challenge.