Plan your visit
- Nature reserve: open daily, dawn-dusk.
- Car park: open daily, dawn-dusk.
- Visitor Centre: outdoor welcome point open daily, 10am-4pm.
- Shop: open daily, 10am-4pm.
- Café: open daily, 10am-4pm.
- Toilets: open daily, 10am-4pm.
Festive opening times
- 23 December: car park and nature reserve open, dawn-4pm. Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets open, 10am-4pm
- Christmas Eve: car park, nature reserve, visitor centre, shop, café and toilets closed.
- Christmas Day: car park, nature reserve, visitor centre, shop, café and toilets closed.
- Boxing Day: car park and nature reserve open, 10am-dusk. Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets closed.
- New Year’s Eve: car park and nature reserve open, dawn-dusk. Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets open, 10am-4pm.
- New Year’s Day: car park and nature reserve open, dawn-dusk. Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets open, 10am-4pm
- All other days in the festive period are open our usual opening hours as above.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
- Car park cost
The above entry fees apply for entrance to the Wetland nature trail and all hides.
The following parking charges also apply:
- RSPB members: FREE
(please show your membership card at the Welcome Hut).
- Non-members: £3 per vehicle.
- Blue-badge holders: FREE
(please display your badge in your windscreen).
Parking charges cover:
- Parking for one vehicle.
- Access to the Wooded Heathland trail, play and picnic areas.
- Use of the visitor centre facilities including café, shop and toilets.
If you are just stopping briefly to shop with us, you will find our designated ‘short stay retail’ parking in the closest section of the car park, where you can park for free for up to 20 minutes.
Payment for parking is via the Pay By Phone app, to download the app ahead of your visit, see details below.
Alternatively, our team are available at the Welcome Hut during opening hours to assist, take payment and give you the latest wildlife updates.
- RSPB members: FREE
- Other discounts
How to get here
The nearest station is Pulborough 2 miles (4 km) from the reserve. Taxi's are available.
Compass Bus 100, from Burgess Hill to Horsham, stops at Pulborough train station and serves the stop immediately outside the reserve. It is a request stop, so you will need to ask the driver to drop you outside the reserve when you board.
Located approximately 2 miles/3.2 km from Pulborough village. Follow the A283 towards Storrington. The reserve is located on the right-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.
The reserve is 2.5 miles/4km via road and public footpath from Pulborough railway station. The public footpath that crosses the nature reserve can be very wet and muddy following rain and can be impassable if the river has flooded.
Information for dog owners
The Wetland trail is not a public footpath, so sorry, no dogs are permitted on here other than assistance dogs. They are also not permitted in the play area or in the cafe other than assistance dogs.
Dogs are welcome, on a lead, on parts of the Wooded Heathland Trail and on the public footpaths and bridleways around the nature reserve. Dogs walkers are also very welcome to bring their dogs onto the tea terrace adjacent to the café.
Please keep to the designated rights of way only and keep your dog on a lead and 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. 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.
- Dog water bowls are available in the Visitor Centre courtyard.
- There are dog waste bins on the edge of the car park, alternatively, we ask that you take their waste home with you to dispose of.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
Groups are very welcome to visit the nature reserve and coach parking is available. Groups of 10 or more must book in advance by email to email@example.com or by phone 01798 875851 so we can help ensure that you get the most out of your visit. Youth groups are also welcome and we can offer a variety of hands on activities - please contact us to discuss arrangements.
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 (or encounter long queues in the cafe). We may also be able to offer guided walks.
Schools booking information
For details on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked, outdoor education sessions, visit our school trip information.
School visits to Pulborough Brooks 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.
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