Facilities at Marshside

Full facilities information

Visitor centre

The visitor centre is open from 8.30am-5.00pm (until dusk in winter).

Car park
  • RSPB car park charges: £1.50 Up to 2 hours / £3.00 Over 2 hours. RSPB Members and Blue Badge holders park for free.
  • Bicycle rack at Sandgrounders' Hide.
  • No formal spaces.
  • Large potholes and uneven ground.
  • No height restriction
  • Access to reserve via toucan crossing. Lighting by crossing.

Accessible ‘portaloo’ at visitor centre. No electricity or running water.

Accessible toilets

Accessible ‘portaloo’ at visitor centre. No electricity or running water.


Nearest catering at Marshsie, 1 mile (1.6km) away. 


No shop facilities on-site.

Pushchair friendly
Guided walks
Viewing point
  • Two ‘hides’, both glazed (Sandgrounders’ doubling as Visitor Centre).
  • One raised viewing platform.
  • Three viewing screens.
Nature trails

Trail to Sandgrounders' Hide from car park 300m, suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Trail from Nel's Hide to car park, 550m, suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Footpaths along old sea-wall and coast road make round trips of 1.8 miles (3km), 2.5 miles (4km), and 4.3 miles (7km) possible for able-bodied persons.