Plan your visit
- Nature reserve: open at all times.
- Car park: open, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. Closed outside of these hours.
- Visitor Centre: open, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4.30pm.
- Refreshments: open, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4.30pm.
- Toilets: open, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4.30pm.
- Hide: open, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4.30pm. Closed and locked outside of these hours.
Festive opening times
- Christmas Eve: nature reserve open at all times. Visitor centre, car park and toilets closed.
- Christmas Day: nature reserve open at all times. Visitor centre, car park and toilets closed.
- Boxing Day: nature reserve open at all times. Visitor centre, car park and toilets open, 11am-3pm.
- 27 December: nature reserve open at all times. Visitor centre, car park and toilets closed.
- 28-30 December: nature reserve open at all times. Visitor centre, car park and toilets open, 10am-3pm.
- New Year’s Eve: nature reserve open at all times. Visitor centre, car park and toilets open, 10am-3pm.
- New Year’s Day: nature reserve open at all times. Visitor centre, car park and toilets open, 11am-3pm.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Free, but donations are very welcome.
- Free, but donations are very welcome.
- Car park cost
There are no entry fees to the nature reserve, but the following parking charges apply:
- RSPB members: FREE
(please display your membership card face down in your windscreen)
- Non-members: £3 per vehicle
- Blue badge holders: FREE
(please display your badge in your windscreen)
- RSPB members: FREE
How to get here
Hamstead is the nearest railway station. Turn right onto the main road - the Hamstead Hill/Old Walsall Road. Turn left into Hamstead Road then take the fourth left into Tanhouse Avenue just after Hamstead Primary School following the brown sign.
From Birmingham Priory Queensway: Take the number 16 bus to Hamstead, alight at Tanhouse Avenue. From West Bromwich Bus Station: Take the number 5 or 46 bus and alight at Bowstoke Road. Walk along Bowstoke Road to Tanhouse Avenue (20 minutes walk). From Sutton Coldfield Lower Parade: Take the number 5 bus and alight at Bowstoke Road. Walk along Bowstoke Road to Tanhouse Avenue (20 minutes walk).
National Route 5.
The reserve is brown signposted off the A4041 (Newton Rd) North of Hampstead, take Hamstead Road (B4167), which is fifth on the left near the bottom of the hill by the church (look for the brown sign marked RSPB nature centre).
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 paths around the nature reserve.
Please keep your dog on a lead at all times, 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 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 at the back of the visitor centre.
- Dogs are permitted in the visitor centre on leads.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
Bringing a flock? We welcome group visits.
Please notify us of your visit in advance. Whether it is to reserve coach or minibus parking, arrange a tailored introductory talk, organise a bespoke guided walk for your group or hire a private room, we can ensure that your needs are attended to.
If you are a nature tour leader, we would love to work with you to make the most of your trip for your guests.
For all group visits, please contact us at email@example.com so we can arrange your visit to your specific requirements
Schools booking information
For full details on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions, visit our school trips information.
- Discover a knot of newts, a knab of toads or a cloud of grasshoppers. Give your class a unique learning experience and tick some of those important curriculum targets. Our carefully designed programmes will help primary school pupils develop a range of skills and learn how to identify minibeasts, habitats and so much more.
- Every child has the opportunity to discover the miniature world of nature for themselves; from ponds, minibeast meadows, woodland, the river Tame and a bird hide on stilts. Sandwell is a wonderful setting for a memorable day learning about the wealth of nature on your doorstep.
- The range of habitats at RSPB Sandwell Valley are all in easy reach of the visitor centre, which means we can provide investigative field work and experience-led programmes to suit your group's needs.
- Bring your class here and discover more about garden, woodland and wetland habitats. Led by trained and experienced teaching and volunteer staff, our school sessions and activities are fun and engaging. Pupils work together and develop an understanding of nature through practical activities.
- Each programme is designed to last two hours. Sessions run from 10am–12pm and then 12.30pm–2.30pm. Two programmes can be combined to make a whole-day visit.
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