Plan your visit
The visitor centre is open from 8.30am-4pm (1 November-1 March) and 8.30am-5pm (2 March-31 October).
This car park is locked at closing time.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
Parking is free for RSPB members and blue badge holders
There is a charge per car for non-members:
- £1.50 for up to two hours
- £3 for over two hours
How to get here
Southport (Chapel Street Station) - follow London Street till it joins Lord Street and then go straight across Lord Street and on down Nevill Street to the Promenade; turn right to follow Marine Lake to its northern end; turn left onto Fairway and then right on to Marine Drive. Reserve begins at Hesketh Road after 0.6 miles.
Southport (War Memorial, Lord Street) to Crossens via Marshside Road. No.44 every 15 minutes. Get off at Elswick Road junction. Walk north 200 m along Marshside Road to reserve.
National Cycle Network traffic-free route (Liverpool to Southport) utilises wide pavement adjacent to Marine Drive through reserve.
From Southport, follow coast road north (1.5 miles or 2.5 km from Southport Pier) to small car park by sand works.
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.
Liverpool for ferries - 1 hour away by car.
Information for dog owners
You are welcome to walk your dog along the sea-wall on the south side of the marshes. You may also use the permissive footpaths from the car park towards Crossens and on Redshank Road which leads out onto the saltmarsh, but please keep your dog on a lead to avoid disturbing birds.
We like to keep one path dog-free, so please do not use the path to Nel's Hide or take your dog into either of the hides.
Group booking information
Group bookings are accepted. Guided walks are also available.
Please note the car park is not suitable for coaches or buses. Please call 01704 211690 for coach/bus parking information.