Plan your visit
Reserve open: Thurs-Sun 9.30am-5.00pm (4.30pm in Nov-Jan inclusive)
Visitor Centre closed: Due to Covid-19 measures, our visitor centre is currently closed. Our staffed outdoor welcome point is open Thurs-Sun 9.30am-5.00pm (4.30pm in Nov-Jan inclusive).
Shop open: Thurs-Sun 9.30am-5.00pm (4.30pm in Nov-Jan inclusive)
Café open: for takeaway only, Thurs-Sun 10am-4.30pm (4pm in Nov-Jan inclusive).
Festive opening times:
Christmas Eve: reserve, visitor centre, café and shop will close at 2pm
Christmas Day: reserve, visitor centre, shop and café are closed.
Boxing Day: reserve, visitor centre, shop and café are closed.
New Year’s Eve: reserve, visitor centre, shop, café open, 9.30am-4.30pm
New Year’s Day: reserve, visitor centre, shop, café open, 10am-4.30pm
- Free entrance to RSPB members
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
- Car park suggested donation
- Other discounts
Free entry to residents of Havering and Thurrock.
Visitor centre is closed
How to get here
The nearest railway station to this reserve is Purfleet. Purfleet train station is on the C2C line from Fenchurch Street. The reserve is a 20 minute walk from the station following the brown pedestrian signs along the riverside path. Turn right out of the station and then join the path at the Royal Pub. Follow the River wall path and then cross the Mardyke Bridge to the Visitor Centre.
The ensignbus 44 bus route which runs between Lakeside and Grays, stops near the reserve entrance on New Tank Hill Road. This bus runs every hour and up to 30 minutes during peak periods.
The reserve is located off New Tank Hill Road (A1090) in Purfleet which is just off the A1306 between Rainham and Lakeside. This is accessible from the Aveley, Wennington and Purfleet junction off the A13 and J30/31 of the M25.
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.
Group booking information
Groups are very welcome to visit the nature reserve and coach parking is available. We ask that groups book in advance by emailing email@example.com or by phone 01708 899840 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. If you, your friends and family would like a VIP pond dipping session please contact us.
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
Bringing the curriculum to life: thrilling encounters with the natural world in an urban environment. You can choose from a selection of half or full-day programmes that will get your group exploring the natural world with exciting hands-on activities.
Led by our professional learning staff, programmes are linked to curriculum topics EYFS-KS4 and are carefully crafted so that you and your classes get the most out of their time outdoors.
With our innovative and sustainable Environment and Education Centre, dedicated education discovery zones and the River Thames on our doorstep, the marshes are a safe and inspiring environment for your class to get close to nature.
- Sessions linked to the National Curriculum
- Fully risk-assessed
- Inclusive of all the equipment and resources you need
- Packed with hands-on activities and fully accompanied by our staff throughout
- Stunning location by the River Thames
- Just a 20-minute walk from Purfleet Station on the C2C line
Find out more on our school trip pages.
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