Plan your visit
Reserve, car park and trails: open daily during lockdown, 24 hours.
Toilets: open between 9am – 5pm.
Visitor Centre: closed during lockdown. However, our team are on-hand daily to greet you safely from our outdoor welcome point, 9.30am-3pm.
Shop: closed during lockdown.
Café: closed during lockdown.
Hides: closed during lockdown
Festive opening times:
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day: reserve open, visitor centre, shop and café are closed.
New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day: reserve open, visitor centre, shop, café open, 9.30am-4.30pm.
All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- £3.75 (Carers accompanying disabled visitors (up to 2): FREE)
Second and subsequent children £1.90 each
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Students (with valid NUS card) £2.80
- Free entrance for carers
Cafe is closed
Binocular hire is closed
Guided walks is closed
Viewing points are closed
Shop is closed
How to get here
The closest station is King's Lynn, approx. 22 miles from reserve.
The closest bus stop is on the main road outside the reserve.
National Cycle Route number 1 is within two miles of the reserve.
Take the first left after driving eastwards along the A149 through Thornham village. The reserve is signposted with a brown tourist sign.
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 West Bank path, which is a public footpath. No dogs are permitted on Fen Trail, East Trail, Meadow Trail and Autumn Trail other than assistance dogs. This is to minimise disturbance to wildlife.
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 so we have dog-friendly routes for you and your pooch to enjoy. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife / livestock 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 / under close, effective control.
· Dog water bowl available at the courtyard of the visitor centre.
· Dogs are welcome in the welcome hub and shop. and we
· Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
* Groups are usually welcome to visit the reserve by appointment. However, changes to laws in England and Scotland mean that the maximum group size able to visit our reserves together is currently 6, unless you are from the same household or bubble and so we are unable to take bookings at this time *
Groups are welcome by appointment - please telephone in advance. Guides can be hired if required. Limited parking for coaches. Group food orders should be made in advance.
Schools booking information
*Due to Covid-19 measures, we are currently not taking school bookings until further notice.
School groups are welcome by appointment. Guides and activity leaders can usually be arranged on request, trail sheets and activity sheets that support Key Stage 1-4 learning objectives are available.
Viewing structures and hides are easily accessible. One hide has low level seating and a work table suitable for young children.
Equipment such as binoculars, bug hunting kits and activity packs can be hired.
Schools are welcome to bring their own food to eat in our picnic area. There is limited parking for coaches.
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