Plan your visit
Reserve: open, Tuesday-Sunday, 9.30am-5pm.
Bank Holidays: Open Monday 3 and 31 May. Closed Tuesday 4 May and 1 June.
Visitor Centre: closed.
Café: serving a selection of takeaway options 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
Binocular hire is closed
Guided walks is closed
Viewing points are closed
Educational facilities are 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.
Information for dog owners
Sorry, dogs are not permitted on most of the reserve, except assistance dogs, due to the sensitive wildlife and habitats 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 can easily become startled by a 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 by not exercising your dog here.
Dogs are welcome on the riverwall part of the reserve – please keep them under close, effective control at all times.
- Sorry, dogs aren’t permitted in the visitor centre, shop or café other than assistance dogs.
- 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. We ask that groups book in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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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