Plan your visit
- Nature reserve: open daily, dawn-dusk.
- Main car park: open daily, dawn-dusk.
- Accessible car park: open daily, dawn-dusk.
- Allen and Eric Morecambe car park: open daily, dawn-dusk.
- Visitor Centre: open daily, 9.30am-5pm (9.30am-4.30pm, December-January).
- Shop: open daily, 9.30am-5pm (9.30am-4.30pm, December-January).
- Café: open daily, 9.30am-5pm (9.30am-4.30pm, December-January).
- Toilets: open daily, 9.30am-5pm (9.30am-4.30pm, December-January).
- Christmas Eve: nature reserve and car parks open, dawn-dusk. Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets open, 9.30am-3pm.
- Christmas Day: nature reserve, visitor centre, shop, café and toilets closed.
- Boxing Day: nature reserve and car parks open, dawn-dusk. Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets open, 9.30am-4.30pm.
- New Year’s Eve: nature reserve and car parks open, dawn-dusk. Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets open, 9.30am-3pm.
- New Year’s Day: nature reserve and car parks open dawn-dusk. Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets open, 9.30am-4.30pm.
- All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
£4.50 (5-17 years)
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
- Other discounts
- Half price entry for non-members arriving by public transport or bicycle.
- Everyone can enter the cafe and visitor centre for free.
How to get here
Silverdale station is on the Manchester Airport/Preston to Barrow line and is only 250 metres from the reserve. Turn left out of the station entrance, then left again and then right.
National Cycle Route 6, Regional route 90 (Lancashire Cycleway).
Leighton Moss is near the village of Silverdale, just 3km (2 miles) from Carnforth and is signposted from the A6 north of M6 junction 35.
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 Causeway (the public right of way through the middle of Leighton Moss) and the designated dog-friendly path.
The dog-friendly path leads from the visitor centre before emerging onto a road. After a short walk along the road you may join the Causeway, a public bridleway through the middle of the site where dogs are permitted. Well behaved pets are also welcome in the Causeway Hide halfway along the Causeway.
Please keep dogs to these designated routes and rights of way only. When using them, please keep your dog on a lead and under close, effective control at all times.
- Dog water bowls and shaded tie-up area are available at the back of the visitor centre.
- Dogs are permitted in the shop and may be brought through the visitor centre to access the dog-friendly trail.
- Sorry, dogs aren’t permitted in the café other than assistance dogs.
- There are no dog waste bins on the nature reserve, we ask that you please take dog waste home with you to dispose of.
- Our team in the visitor centre will be happy to give you further details and directions upon arrival.
Other than the Causeway and dog-friendly route, sorry, dogs are not permitted anywhere else on the nature reserve (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 on the nature reserve.
- Other exciting dog walking routes are available to enjoy in the local area, see the Arnisde and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty map.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
Bringing a flock? We welcome group bookings.
Please notify us of your visit in advance. Whether it is to discuss coach or minibus parking arrangements, pre-book tables in our café, arrange a tailored introductory talk or organise a bespoke guided walk for your group, we can ensure that your needs are attended to.
If you are a nature tour leader, we would love to work with you to make the most of your trip for your guests.
For all group visits, please contact us on 01524 701601 or email email@example.com so we can arrange your visit to your specific requirements.
Schools booking information
For full details on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions, visit our school trips information.
Come along to our stunning reserve and bring your classroom learning to life with a selection of fascinating wildlife experiences. Our National Curriculum linked learning sessions are led by qualified, enthusiastic leaders and are designed to support a range of classroom topics to suit all abilities. The reserve has a variety of awe-inspiring habitats including woodland, reedbed, streams ponds as well as a large classroom (The Holt) and award-winning visitor facilities.
- We have a number of programmes to choose from for a half or full day visit from Early Years, to Primary and Secondary school and A-Level.
- We also welcome bookings from uniformed and youth groups and can tailor your visit to suit your needs.
- To book your visit or to find out more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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