Plan your visit
- Car park: open, Sunday to Friday 9am-5pm.
- Nature reserve: open, Sunday to Friday 9am-5pm.
- Toilets: open daily, 10am-5pm.
- Visitor Centre: closed.
- Café Lite: available daily, 9am-5pm (take away refreshments only).
- Hides: Closed.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
£4 per vehicle for non-members.
Visitor centre is closed
Refreshments facilities are closed
Picnic area is closed
Binocular hire is closed
Guided walks is closed
Educational facilities are closed
How to get here
Rye House Station (400 yards/366 m). There is a direct train from Liverpool Street. Climb the steps out of the station and turn right towards Rye Meads, with the Historic Rye House Gatehouse on your left. Follow a footpath on the left side of the minor road for 300 m until you reach the visitor centre.
The nearest bus stop (700 yards/640 m) is in the Old Highway, which is off Rye Road. Walk down towards Rye House Station, then as above.
Rye Meads is accessible to cycles by road and the Lee Valley cycle way.
Follow directions to Hoddesdon. Go straight over the large roundabout (you will have the Sun pub on your left), onto another section of dual carriageway. At the next roundabout, turn left into Essex Road. Turn left into Pindar Road, (before the railway crossing). Turn left onto a bridge on Normandy Way. Turn left into Fisherman's Way. Turn right over the bridge to the Rye Meads Visitor Centre.
Please note: New River Bridge on Rye Road is closed from Monday 20 July to Thursday 24 December 2020. To access RSPB Rye Meads by vehicle, follow the diversion via Essex Road, Pindar Road, Normandy Way and Fishermans Way. There will be a pedestrian walkway available for access. The works are being carried out by Thames Water to replace the existing bridge with a two-way one.
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 not allowed on reserve, except for Assistance Dogs.
Group booking information
Group bookings accepted.
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.
In the meantime, check out our fantastic range of resources for teachers, or take on the Schools’ Wild Challenge.
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