Facilities at Minsmere

Full facilities information

Visitor centre

The visitor centre is open daily 9 am-5 pm from February-October, and 9 am-4 pm between November-January.

Car park
  • 243 spaces
  • 8 Blue Badge spaces
  • 2 coach spaces.
  • No lighting.
  • No height restrictions.

The toilets are open from dawn to dusk daily. This includes the external accessible toilet.

Accessible toilets
  • The toilets are open from dawn to dusk daily. 
  • Three accessible toilets located in the shop, outdoor toilet block and Discovery Centre.
9.30 am-4.45 pm from February-October, and 9:30 am-3.30 pm from November-January.
Vegan options
Vegetarian options
Gluten free options
Children's menu available
  • The tearoom is situated next to our shop.
  • Highlights from the menu include cheese and fruit scones, bacon and sausage rolls, Chris's home-made bread pudding, soup and much more. You could pop in for a hot meal like lasagne or just have a cup of tea and a slice of delicious cake.
  • Child-size portions available and our kids menu is priced £2.80 to £4.80.
  • We use local ingredients, all our meat, milk and eggs are locally-sourced.
  • Hot and cold drinks are always available, so it’s worth a visit whatever the weather. We serve our own exclusive coffee that is grown, imported and roasted by us. It's Fair-trade, organic and certified bird-friendly by the Smithsonian Institute, so now you can help save nature simply by enjoying a great cup of coffee!
  • We serve a variety of organic drinks, vegetarian meals and snack, selected vegan, wheat-free, gluten-free snacks and cakes. To find out more about our menu visit 'whats in my dish'.
  • Stocks bird food, gifts and birdwatching equipment, binoculars and telescopes, books, nestboxes, outdoor clothing and bird feeders.
  • Open daily 9 am-5 pm from February-October, and 9 am-4 pm between November-January.
Baby changing

There are baby changing facility in all three accessible toilets.

Picnic area
  • One table is 550 feet (170 m) away from the visitor centre with a wheelchair space.
  • Visitors are welcome to consume their own food and drink here.
  • Outside tables for tearoom customers.
Guided walks
Viewing point

Seven hides and a viewing platform.

Nature trails
  • Three signposted trails.
  • The Coast Trail is a 2 mile circuit. Allow about two hours to complete this. The path takes you through scrub, reedbed and shingle beach with four hides overlooking the shallow pools known as the Scrape.
  • The Island Mere Trail is a 1.5 mile circuit through woodland with two hides overlooking the reedbed.
  • A new Woodland Trail is signposted from close to the Whin Hill Watchpoint to the bridleway from Eastbridge to Dunwich, returning via Scotts Hall. This is a circular walk of about one mile.
Educational facilities
  • Two classrooms in the Discovery Centre.
  • Level throughout and flexible layout.
  • Carpet and lino flooring.
  • Good lighting.
  • Clear print displays