Plan your visit
Nature reserve: open daily, at all times
Car park and toilet: open daily
1 October - 31 January, 5am-6.30pm
1 February - 31 March, 5am-8pm
1 April - 30 September, 5am-10pm
Welcome Building: closed, however we are here to greet you safely from our outdoor welcome point on weekends 10 am-4 pm, and Thursday - Monday as often as we have a volunteer
Refreshments: open daily, from the Welcome Building, card payments only. On weekends, 10 am-4 pm, and as often during the week as we have a volunteer
Festive opening times
Christmas Eve: nature reserve open dawn-dusk, Welcome Building and toilets closed.
Christmas Day: nature reserve open dawn-dusk, Welcome Building and toilets closed.
Boxing Day: nature reserveopen dawn-dusk, Welcome Building and toilets closed.
New Year’s Eve: nature reserveopen dawn-dusk, toilets and Welcome Building open 10am-4pm.
New Year’s Day: nature reserveopen dawn-dusk, toilets and Welcome Building 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, but donations are very welcome.
- Free, but donations are very welcome.
- Car park cost
There are no entrance charges to the reserve, but the following car parking charges apply:
- RSPB members: FREE (please display your membership card face down in your windscreen)
- Non-members: £3 per car
- Blue badge holders: FREE
Visitor centre is closed
Guided walks is closed
Viewing points are closed
Educational facilities are closed
How to get here
The nearest railway station is Bridgwater, 10 miles (15 km) from the reserve.
Nearest bus stop is at Ashcott, 2.5 miles (4 km) away. 375/X75 service.
National Route 3 runs nearby.
From Glastonbury: Take the B3151 to Wedmore. At the village of Meare, go past garage on your left, then follow the brown sign, taking the second left into Ashcott Road. The reserve entrance is 1 mile on the left after the Railway Inn.
From the M5: From the M5: Take the A39 to Glastonbury for 7 miles until you see signs for Avalon Marshes Centre, turn left onto Shapwick Hill and carry on into the village and past the church. Continue on through the village and stay on the same road for 1 mile until you reach the Avalon Marshes Centre on your right. Continue past the Avalon Marshes Centre taking the next right at Back Lane in Westhay. At the end of Back Lane turn right onto Main Road.
Follow Main Road for about 1.5 miles through the village of Meare past Meare Manor on your left. Here you will see a brown sign directing you to take the next right. You will reach a narrow part of the road with a colourful painted fence on your left. Here you need to turn right onto Ashcott Road. The reserve entrance is 1 mile on the left after the Railway Inn.
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 around the reserve. Please keep to the designated rights of way only.
Please keep your dog on a lead at all times, due to the sensitive wildlife and 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 so we’ve dog-friendly routes for you and your pooch to enjoy. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife 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 / under close, effective control.
- The Reedbed trail, Waltons Heath trail and Loxtons Marsh trail, are not public footpaths, so sorry, no dogs are permitted here other than assistance dogs.
- Dogs are welcome on the Ham Wall Loop apart from the path to the Avalon Hide.
- A dog water bowl is available at the side of the Welcome Building.
Dogs can die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
- There are no dog waste bins on the reserve, we ask that you take the waste home with you to dispose of.
Group booking information
Groups are usually welcome to visit the reserve during normal opening hours. However, changes to laws in England and Scotland mean that the maximum group size able to visit our reserves together is currently 6, unless you are from the same household or bubble, meaning we are unable to take bookings at this time.
Schools booking information
Due to Covid-19 measures, we have temporarily paused our school visits until autumn 2021. For information on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions, visit our school trips information.