Plan your visit
Open from dawn to dusk.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
(under 19) £5
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
- Car park cost
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 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.
Schools booking information
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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UK Nature Breaks
Why not stop over with UK Nature Breaks to make the most of your visit and what nature has to offer. 10% of every accommodation booking will be donated to the RSPB.
Giving Nature a Home on RSPB Reserves 2018
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