Plan your visit
Reserve is open at all times.
Car park opening times:
- 1 October - 31 January, 5am - 6.30pm
- 1 February - 31 March, 5am - 8pm
- 1 April - 30 September, 5am - 10pm
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Free, but donations are very welcome.
- Free, but donations are very welcome.
- Car park cost
- Pay and display.
- £3 per car for all day.
- RSPB members park for free when displaying membership card on the dashboard.
- Blue badge holders park for free.
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
Dog owners are asked to keep their dog on a short lead at all times whilst at Ham Wall. 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
All visitors arriving in coaches and minibuses must book in advance by contacting the reserve office on firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a parking permit.
Guided tours available for groups. To book contact the Ham Wall Office to obtain a walks booking form. This needs to be completed and returned to ensure booking. At time of booking please state number in group, mobility issues and any special interests as well as preferred dates. Please note we may not be able to accommodate you on your preferred dates. No dogs are allowed on guided tours.
Schools booking information
Join us at RSPB Avalon Marshes near Glastonbury for our outdoor learning programme in partnership with Natural England. We have an LotC accredited scheme and run educational activities for students from KS1 to A-Level standard. Our exciting variety of hands-on activities ensure memorable learning experiences throughout the year. Boardwalks, hides and pond dipping platforms enable groups to experience the wetland wildlife of Avalon Marshes at close quarters. We have a covered education shelter on Ham Wall and a classroom at the Avalon Marshes Centre to use in wet weather.
We have a number of exciting programmes on offer range from pond dipping and mini beast hunting to learning how to study biodiversity. Each programme is designed to last two hours, sessions run from 10am - 12pm and then 12.30pm - 2.30pm. Two programmes can be combined to make a whole day visit.
- Primary: From £4 per child with a minimum charge of £80 for a half day and £130 for a full day.
- Secondary: From £5 per child with a minimum charge of £100 for a half day and £160 for a full day.
- A level: From £6 per student with a minimum charge of £100 for a half day and £160 for a full day.
Contact our office on email@example.com for a booking form and to find out more.