Facilities at Minsmere

Full facilities information

Our visitor centre is open daily, 9am-5pm.

Open daily, dawn to dusk. Closed outside of these hours.

  • 243 spaces
  • 8 Blue Badge spaces
  • 2 coach spaces.
  • Electric vehicle charging point. Our charger can be very popular. To ensure you can access it, please pre-book by calling 01728 648281.
  • No lighting.
  • No height restrictions.
  • No overnight parking or camping.
  • Bicycle racks available.
  • Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.

Please be respectful of other visitor access, our team and our neighbours by not parking on the road, verges or in gateways, as it causes an obstruction for residents and emergency service

Our toilets are open daily, 9am-5pm.

They are located in a separate toilet block just next to our visitor centre.

Our toilets are open daily, 9am-5pm.

They are located in a separate toilet block just next to our visitor centre.

Café
Open daily, 10am- 4pm
  • Indoor seating or takeaway available.
  • Card payments preferred.
  • Wherever possible, our food is sustainably packaged, locally sourced, organic, Fairtrade, palm-oil free or sustainable palm oil.
  • We serve our own bird-friendly coffee. Our coffee has been shade-grown which, unlike in traditional coffee plantations, involves our producers leaving the tree canopy above the coffee bush in place, providing vital homes for a rich-variety of wildlife. This also leads to our coffee growing more slowly giving its distinctive, smooth flavour and means it requires less water and has less need to use invasive fertilisers or pesticides. It is organic and Fairtrade as well.
  • Children are very welcome. We don’t have a specific children’s menu, but we are happy to provide smaller/half-sized portions. We also have highchairs available.
  • Our friendly team are able to provide allergen information.

Our shop is open daily, and our friendly team are on hand to serve and advise you.

Here is just a flavour of our most popular products. Visit our store to discover more.

Bird food and feeders
Attract birds to your garden all year round with the help of our premium bird food - a real hit with our feathered friends! Produced with nature in mind, our seed mixes are Fair to Nature, meaning they meet rigorous conservation standards which help struggling farmland wildlife in the UK and Europe to flourish.

Fill your feeders with our extensive range of wild bird food to suit every type of garden bird and feeder. From seed to suet, peanuts to mealworms, we will help you to attract your favourite species.

Binoculars and Telescopes
Looking for a new pair of binoculars or telescope? We’ve got a fantastic range suitable for all needs and budgets. Whether it’s a pair of binoculars for the family to spot nature in your own garden, a telescope to use out birding, or compacts that make seeing wildlife on your summer hikes that little bit extra special, we’ve got something for everyone. Prices start from just £25 and include premium brands such as our own popular RSPB series, along with Viking, Swarovski, Leica, Nikon, Opticron and Zeiss. To try our extensive range in a Covid-secure way, please speak to our staff.


Wildlife homes
Feel great in your outdoor space by making it a fantastic home for wildlife. Create safe havens, hiding places and sources of water and you'll enjoy welcoming more nature in no time.

Our range of wildflower seed mixes, nestboxes, insect homes, hedgehog hotels, toad abodes, bat boxes and more will help you attract our best-loved garden wildlife.


Gifts
Wondering what to buy your nature-loving friend or family member, or just wanting to treat yourself? Find plenty of great ideas within our gift range. Whether you’re looking for wildlife-themed books, home and kitchenware, clothing and accessories, or a new addition for the garden, we’ve got something for you. Plus, keep the little ones entertained with our fantastic range of fun and educational nature-inspired toys, games and craft items.

Our baby changing facilities are open daily, 9am-5pm.

They are located in our toilets next to our visitor centre.

You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy on your visit, or pick one up from our café.

Help keep this place safe and special for wildlife and people by taking your litter home with you.

BBQs are a fire risk, endangering other people and the precious wildlife and habitats here. They are not permitted on the reserve at any time.

Our popular RSPB binoculars are available to hire on your visit:

  • £3 RSPB Puffin Juniors
  • £5 RSPB Puffins
  • £7 RSPB Avocets

Binocular hire is available daily from 9am, to be returned byvisitor centre closing time. Last hire is an hour before closing.

Looking to buy a pair of binoculars or telescope? We’ve got a fantastic range suitable for all needs and budgets in our shop. Whether it’s a pair of binoculars for the family to spot nature in your own garden, a telescope to use out birding, or compacts that make seeing wildlife on your walks that little bit extra special, we’ve got something for everyone. Prices start from just £25 and include premium brands such as our own RSPB series (some of which are available to hire as above), along with Viking, Swarovski, Leica, Nikon, Opticron and Zeiss.

We run an exciting programme of guided walks and other events throughout the year.

Please see the ‘Activities and Events’ tab for more details of upcoming events and how to book.

Bringing a flock? Please see ‘Group booking information’ for further details.

Our hides and viewing points are open dawn to dusk, daily.

 

Our nature trails are open.

  • The Scrape Trail is 2 miles long. Allow around 1 hour to complete this trail. The route takes you through wetland, reedbed and coastal habitats
  • The Island Mere Trail is 1.5 miles long. Allow around 1 hour to complete this trail. The route takes you through reedbed, woodland and grassland habitats
  • The Woodland Trail is 1 mile long. Allow around 1 hours to complete this trail. The route takes you through woodland and heathland habitats
  • We have a number of Public Rights of Way across the site. Speak to our staff at the visitor centre to find out more.

For details on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions, visit our school trips information.

  • Two classrooms in the Discovery Centre.
  • Level throughout and flexible layout.
  • Carpet and lino flooring.
  • Good lighting.
  • Clear print displays.

Also check out our fantastic range of resources for teachers, or take on the Schools’ Wild Challenge.

Our Wild Zone is open and located at the Discovery Centre.

Go wild on our nature-inspired play equipment including:

  • Den building
  • Migration maze
  • Sand martin tunnels
  • Bittern nest