Plan your visit
- Car park: open at all times.
- Nature reserve: open at all times.
- Toilets: open daily, 9am-5pm.
- Visitor Centre: open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-4pm
- Café: open Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm, (take away refreshments only).
- Hides: open, daily 10am-4pm locked outside of these hour.
Festive opening times:
- Christmas Eve: reserve open dawn-dusk / visitor centre closed.
- Christmas Day: reserve open dawn-dusk / visitor centre closed.
- Boxing Day: reserve open dawn-dusk / visitor centre closed.
- New Year’s Eve: reserve open dawn-dusk.
- New Year’s Day: reserve open dawn-dusk.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Free but donations are very welcome.
- Free but donations are very welcome.
Binocular hire is closed
Guided walks is closed
Educational facilities are closed
How to get here
The nearest train station is Chichester, 5.5 miles away. There is a taxi rank outside Chichester station - ask to be taken to Pagham Harbour Visitor Centre, Selsey Road, Sidlesham.
To cycle from the station, turn south over the level crossing down Stockbridge Road for approximately 100m then turn left into Canal Basin. Immediately to the right is the canal path which is the start of Route 88, currently ending at the Visitor Centre.
The 51 Link service from Chichester Bus Station to Selsey stops outside the Visitor Centre. The bus station is 2 minutes' walk from the train station. The journey takes 20 minutes.
By bike Route 88 from Chichester Canal Basin to the Visitor Centre. Medmerry Cycle Link connects RSPB Medmerry with RSPB Pagham Harbour.
From the A27 at Chichester, take the B2145 south towards Selsey. After half a mile at the first roundabout, turn right continuing on the B2145 to Selsey (do NOT take the B2166 to Pagham village - the Visitor Centre is on the opposite side of the Harbour). Remain on the B2145 for 6 miles. The turning into the Visitor Centre car park is half a mile on from Sidlesham on the left-hand side.
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 welcome on the public footpaths / bridleways around the reserve. Please keep to the designated rights of way only.
Please keep your dog under close, effective control at all times, due to the sensitive wildlife, habitats and livestock here. We know that the countryside is a dog walking paradise. It’s important to remember the special surroundings here are wonderful havens for rare wildlife. We’ve created designated dog exercise areas / dog-friendly routes for you and your pooch to enjoy responsibly. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife and livestock can easily become startled by a loose dog they perceive as a predator.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife here by keeping your dog on a lead and under close, effective control.
- Discovery trail through the Discovery Zone is not a public footpath, so sorry, no dogs are permitted on here other than assistance dogs.
- Dogs are welcome in the dog-friendly exercise areas on Slipe Field and Yeomans Field.
- Dog water bowls are available at the back of the visitor centre.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
- There are dog waste bins at our Visitor Centre and Church Norton car park.
Group booking information
Please follow current Government guidance on group sizes when visiting the reserve.
Groups are very welcome to visit the nature reserve and limited coach parking is available. We ask that groups book in advance by email to email@example.com or by phone 01243 641508 so we can help ensure that you get the most out of your visit.
Occasionally, if there are already several visiting groups, or we're running a special event, we might suggest that you choose an alternative day, rather than find your favourite spots on the reserve busy. We may also be able to offer guided walks.
Schools booking information
Due to Covid-19 measures, we have temporarily paused our school visits until autumn 2021. For information on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions, visit our school trips information.
School visits to Pagham Harbour are curriculum-linked, hands-on and fun, with a wide range of habitats to explore all year round. We can accommodate up to three large classes of children per day.
We provide all equipment – children only need to bring suitable clothing, drinks and packed lunches. Find out more on our school trip pages.
Primary sessions (approximately two hours).
- EYFS & KS1 - Brilliant Birds
- EYFS & KS1 - Discovering Land Minibeasts
- EYFS & KS1 - Discovering Pond Minibeasts
- EYFS & KS1 - Seasonal Sensory Walk
- EYFS & KS1 - Plant Detectives
- EYFS & KS1 - Discovering Mud Minibeasts
- KS2 - Investigating Minibeasts
- KS2 - Living Things And Their Habitat
- KS2 - Pond / Mud Habitat Study
- KS2 - Discovering Birds
Secondary sessions (programmes are customisable, designed to last all day).
- KS3 - Geography - Fieldwork
- KS3 - Science - Ecological Investigations and Sampling
- KS4 - Geography – Coastal Landscapes and Management
- KS4 - Geography - Ecosystems
- KS4 - Science - Ecological Fieldwork Techniques
- KS5 - Biology - Succession
- KS5 - Geography – Coasts