Plan your visit
Reserve: open daily, dawn to dusk. Closed outside of these hours.
Car park: open daily, dawn to dusk. Closed outside of these hours.
Visitor centre: closed.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
- Car park cost
Visitor centre is closed
Toilets are closed
Accessible toilets are closed
Baby changing is closed
Cafe is closed
Picnic area is closed
Binocular hire is closed
Guided walks is closed
Shop is closed
Educational facilities are closed
How to get here
Darsham is the closest station (5 miles).
Leiston is the nearest scheduled bus (4 miles). A demand-responsive bus will meet local buses and trains from 7am - 7pm Monday to Saturday. It must be booked the day before travelling by calling Suffolk Links Blyth on 01728 635938.
National cycle route 1 links with regional route 42 (Suffolk Coast Cycle route).
The reserve is sign posted with brown tourist signs from Westleton.
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
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 here.
- Other exciting dog walking routes are available to enjoy in the local area, ask our staff for a map and directions.
- Dogs can die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
Groups are usually welcome to visit us during normal opening hours. However, changes to laws in England mean that the maximum group size able to visit our reserve together is currently 6, unless you are from the same household or bubble.
Schools booking information
Due to Covid-19 measures, we have temporarily paused our school visits until Spring 2021. For information on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions, visit our school trips information here.
Your class can enjoy hands-on practical activities within easy walking distance of the well-equipped Discovery Zone and classroom. Each programme is designed to last two hours - sessions run between 10am-12pm and 12.30-2.30pm. Two programmes can be combined to make a whole day visit.
We have two classrooms in the Discovery Centre. These are level throughout with a flexible layout, hearing loop and accessible toilet.
What will the weather be like?
Minsmere needs you
EDF Energy plan to build a new power station, Sizewell C, directly on the border of RSPB Minsmere. This could have devastating consequences for nature.
We’ve said that Sizewell C must not go ahead, and we need YOU to make our voice stronger for nature.