Accessibility at Minsmere

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

  • A mobility scooter and manual wheelchair are available to borrow, booking essential.
  • Check accessibility for events and activities.

How to get here

By train

Darsham is the closest station (5 miles).

By bus

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.

By bike

National cycle route 1 links with regional route 42 (Suffolk Coast Cycle route).

By road

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.

Access to facilities

Visitor centre
  • Pedestrian access by a tarmac sloping path from Blue Badge parking or steps closer to the visitor centre.
  • Enter through heavy doors, opening outwards.
  • A door bell is provided for assistance.
  • Ground floor, tiled, step-free and level throughout with a slight slope on entry.
  • Clear print displays.
  • Low counter section.
  • Chairs available on request.
  • Good lighting.
  • Portable hearing loop.
Car parking
243 spaces
8 Blue Badge spaces
  • Blue badge spaces 80 m from visitor centre via a sloped path.
  • Drop-off outside visitor centre – beware of vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Level and even pea gravel surface.
Nature trails access
  • A mix of different paths, both flat and undulating, where walks can be enjoyed.
  • Some nature trails and hides are adapted for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
  • Benches on many parts of the trails.
Viewing points
  • Ramped or level entry into four hides (North, West, South and Island Mere).
  • Level surface, tiled floor and step-free throughout.
  • Upright chairs without arms.
  • Mix of self-service and staff assistance.
  • Additional seating outdoors.
  • Contrasting crockery.
  • No dogs, except Assistance Dogs.
  • Water provided at visitor centre

Additional accessibility information

  • The shop is in the visitor centre next to the tearoom. Space limited in places. Good lighting. Some goods maybe difficult to reach. Staff available to assist.
Full accessibility information (external website)