Plan your visit
Car park: open daily, at all times.
Nature reserve: open daily, at all times.
Toilets: open daily, 9am-5pm.
Visitor Centre: open daily, 9.30am-4.30pm.
Shop: open daily, 9.30am-4.30pm.
Café: open daily, 9.30am-4.30pm (takeaway refreshments only).
Hides: open daily, at all times.
Festive opening times:
- Christmas Eve: Reserve open. Welcome Hub, toilets and café closed
- Christmas Day: Reserve open. Welcome Hub, toilets and café closed
- Boxing Day: Reserve open. Welcome Hub, toilets and café closed
- New Year’s Eve: Reserve open. Welcome Hub, toilets and café open, 9.30am-4.30pm
- New Year’s Day: Reserve open. Welcome Hub, toilets and 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
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- £3.75 (with valid NUS card)
- Free entrance for carers
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.
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 and livestock can easily become startled by a loose dog they perceive as a predator.
Thank you for protecting the special wildlife here by keeping your dog on a lead, under close, effective control, and staying in the permitted areas.
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.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of the season.
- Dog water bowl available in the courtyard of the visitor centre.
- Dog waste bins available in the car park and at the top of the west bank path.
- Dogs are welcome in the welcome hub and shop.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
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
School groups are welcome by appointment. Guides and activity leaders can usually be arranged on request. Self-led trail sheets and activity sheets that support Key Stage 1-4 learning objectives are available. Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01485 210779.
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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