Plan your visit
- Between February and October, the reserve is open 9:30am - 5pm (car park shuts at 8pm).
- Between November and January, the reserve is open 9am - 4pm (car park shuts at 4pm).
- Closed on Christmas Day.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Free, but a charge for non-members of £4 per car.
- Car park cost
- Entry is free of charge to members all year.
- There is a charge for non-members of £4 per car.
- Parking is free for members and disabled badge holders, but for non-members only the first 30 minutes are free.
- Other discounts
- Joint entry for both Fairburn Ings and St Aidan’s is £5 per car for non-members.
How to get here
The nearest railway station is Woodlesford, which is 3 miles (5km) away or Garforth, which is 4 miles away. There is a taxi firm based at Garforth station and taxis can access Woodlesford.
Buses run to Allerton Bywater from Leeds City Centre and Castleford (bus service 167). The nearest bus stop is Bowers Row stop number 45010157. This is 0.2 miles from the visitor centre.
The nearest Sustrans Cycle routes are the National Route 67 - Trans Pennine Trail Central, Yorks and Derbyshire and the National Route 697. Both of these run right next to the site.
Leave the M1 at junction 46 towards Garforth follow the Selby Road/A63, turn right at the roundabout onto A642, turn left after 1.4 miles onto Astley Lane, the reserve is on the right after 1.5 miles.
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.
St Aidan’s can be accessed via several cycle routes. The Linesway from Garforth is connected directly into St Aidan’s from the East and the Transpennine trail connects onto the site from 3 access points on the south side.
Information for dog owners
Dogs are welcome throughout the site but we ask that they are kept on a lead or under close control to protect wildlife.