Plan your visit
Reserve: open daily, dawn until dusk.
Car park: open during lockdown.
Visitor centre: closed during lockdown.
Cafe: closed during lockdown.
Shop: closed during lockdown.
Toilets: open daily, 9am-5pm. Closed outside of these hours.
Hides: closed during lockdown. Public viewing platform remains open.
- 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
Cafe is closed
Guided walks is closed
Viewing points are 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
Dogs are not allowed on the nature trails at Minsmere nature reserve (except assistance dogs) as the site is primarily for the conservation of wildlife and their habitats.
Dog walkers can use the public footpaths and bridleways. Dog walkers cannot access the beachfront via the reserve.
Dogs are very welcome in the visitor centre, shop and in the café. Seating is also provided outside where you can sit with your dog.
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.
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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.
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Giving Nature a Home on RSPB Reserves 2018
Download our latest report to find out what we’ve achieved on our reserves over the past year.