Facilities at Leighton Moss

Full facilities information

Our visitor centre is open daily, 9.30am-5pm.

It is housed in a picturesque, converted barn and our friendly team are on-hand to welcome you safely on arrival and help you make the most of your visit.

Main car park: open daily, dawn-dusk.

Accessible car park: open daily, dawn-dusk. 

Allen and Eric Morecambe car park: open daily, dawn-dusk. 

  • Main car park over the road from the visitor centre.
  • Accessible car park at the front of the visitor centre.
  • Drop-off point outside the visitor centre
  • Bicycle racks available in accessible car park.
  • No height restrictions to accessible car park or main car park.
  • 2m height restriction to Allen and Eric Morecambe cat park.
  • No lighting in our car parks.
  • No overnight parking or camping allowed.
  • Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.

Please be respectful of other road users, our team and our neighbour's access by not parking on the road, verges or in gateways, as it causes an obstruction for residents and emergency services 

Please note, there is no parking at the top of the Causeway as it blocks the road and resident access.

Toilets open daily, 9.30am-5pm.

They are located on the ground floor of the visitor centre.

Accessible toilet open daily, dawn-dusk.

It is located on the ground floor at the back of the visitor centre.

Café
Open daily, 9.30am-5pm.

Our friendly team are on hand to serve you. You can choose to dine indoors (currently limited seating available) or you can takeaway.

  • Card payments preferred.
  • Wherever possible, our food is sustainably packaged, locally sourced, organic, Fairtrade, palm-oil free or sustainable palm oil.
  • We serve our own, exclusive, bird-friendly coffee here, produced by Bird and Wild. Our coffee has been shade-grown high in the Nicaraguan rainforest, which unlike traditional coffee plantations, involves our producers leaving the tree canopy above the coffee bush in place, providing vital homes for a rich-variety of wildlife. This also leads to our coffee growing more slowly giving its distinctive, smooth flavour and means it requires less water and has less need to use invasive fertilisers or pesticides. As well as being bird-friendly it is also organic and Fairtrade.
  • Children are very welcome. We don’t have a specific children’s menu, but we are happy to provide smaller/half-sized portions.
  • Our friendly team are able to provide allergen information.

Our shop is open daily, and our friendly team are on hand to serve and advise you.

Here is just a flavour of our most popular products. Visit our store to discover more.

Bird food and feeders
Attract birds to your garden all year round with the help of our premium bird food - a real hit with our feathered friends! Produced with nature in mind, our seed mixes are Fair to Nature, meaning they meet rigorous conservation standards which help struggling farmland wildlife in the UK and Europe to flourish.

Fill your feeders with our extensive range of wild bird food to suit every type of garden bird and feeder. From seed to suet, peanuts to mealworms, we will help you to attract your favourite species.

Binoculars and Telescopes
Looking for a new pair of binoculars or telescope? We’ve got a fantastic range suitable for all needs and budgets in our shop. 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, we’ve got something for everyone. Prices start from just £25 and include premium brands such as our own RSPB series, along with Viking, Swarovski, Leica, Nikon, Opticron and Zeiss. To try our extensive range in a Covid-secure way, please call us on 01524 701601 to arrange an appointment.

Wildlife homes
Feel great in your outdoor space by making it a fantastic home for wildlife. Create safe havens, hiding places and sources of water and you'll enjoy welcoming more nature in no time.

Our range of wildflower seed mixes, nestboxes, insect homes, hedgehog hotels, toad abodes, bat boxes and more will help you attract our best-loved garden wildlife.

Gifts
Wondering what to buy your nature-loving friend or family member, or just wanting to treat yourself? Find plenty of great ideas within our gift range. Whether you’re looking for wildlife-themed books, home and kitchenware, clothing and accessories, or a new addition for the garden, we’ve got something for you. Plus, keep the little ones entertained with our fantastic range of fun and educational nature-inspired toys, games and craft items.
Visit our store to discover more.

Baby changing facilities open daily, 9.30am-5pm.

Our baby changing facilities are located in the accessible toilet on the ground floor at the back of the visitor centre.

You are welcome to bring a picnic with you to enjoy on your visit.

  • We have total of 12 picnic tables around the site, including one in the main car park, as well as a number of other benches.
  • 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 on the nature reserve at any time.
Pushchair friendly

The pathways around the reserve are level and well-maintained making it the perfect place for a stroll in nature with a pushchair. You and the little ones can spot ducks and our very friendly robins as you explore the stunning landscape and enjoy fresh air amongst the reedbed and woodlands.

Our popular RSPB binoculars are available to hire on your visit:

Binocular hire is available daily from 9.30am, to be returned by closing time at 5pm.

Looking for a new pair of binoculars or telescope? We’ve got a fantastic range suitable for all needs and budgets in our shop. 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, we’ve got something for everyone. Prices start from just £25 and include premium brands such as our own RSPB series, along with Viking, Swarovski, Leica, Nikon, Opticron and Zeiss. To try our extensive range in a Covid-secure way, please call us on 01524 701601 to arrange an appointment.

We run an exciting programme of guided walks and other events throughout the year.

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

Bringing a flock? See ‘Group booking’ information.

Our wildlife watching hides and viewpoints are a great place to spot the special wildlife here and offer outstanding views over Leighton Moss.

Hides

  • We have seven hides in total across the nature reserve.
  • Lilian's hide, Tim Jackson hide, Grisedale hide, Causeway hide and Lower hide all overlook the reedbed. Allen and Eric Morecambe hides give views over the saltmarsh and Morecambe Bay.
  • All our hides are open daily, dawn-dusk.

Viewpoints

  • Our 9m high Skytower gives an excellent bird's-eye view over Leighton Moss, the surrounding Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Morecambe Bay beyond. 

Our reserve boasts several marked trails to help you explore this amazing landscape and the wildlife that calls it home. We are thrilled to have opened our trails.

  • The Garden Trail is a short 380 metre circular walk. This trail takes you through the middle of our sensory garden and passes the 9 metre high Skytower. This path is wheelchair accessible.
  • The Family Trail is approximately 1.6km / 1 mile long. A lovely walk through the woodland, opening up into the reedbed. This path is wheelchair accessible.
  • The Lower Trail is around 3.2 kilometres / 2miles there and back. Follow this trail to the wildest part of the nature reserve. It leads you past the Causeway Pool and towards the Lower hide (currently closed) along a lovely woodland path.
  • Take the Reed-edge Trail along a raised boardwalk – explore the dense reedbeds and listen for the secretive wildlife that hides there. This trail is wheelchair accessible.
  • The Coastal Trail is 0.7 miles there and back, from its own, seperate car park. Get up close to hundreds of wading birds including iconic avocets in spring.

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 trip information.

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

We don’t have a play area here, but families enjoy many of the excxiting features to be found in the sensory garden and are welcome to explore the trails, discovering the variety of wonderful wildlife here.