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RSPB Minsmere

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Sheepwash Lane, Westleton IP17 3BY, England
+44 1728 648281
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The Best

Love this place, always something to see, great staff, great facilities, dog friendly parking. This... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Steve C
West Yorkshire
Great RSPB Site

My first visit. Quite a way off the main A12 down single track roads but huge car park on arrival... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Luton, United Kingdom
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Minsmere is a great place to discover nature. The RSPB shop, cafe and visitor centre provide a perfect introduction before you explore the beautiful countryside walks. Enjoy stunning woodland, wetland and coastal scenery and close views of a wide range of wildlife, including many rare species. Families can begin their journey of discovery in the Wild Zone, or build a den in the Wildwood Adventure. The nearby Discovery Centre is perfect for school visits, birthday parties and exhibitions. Self-guided activities include a free explorer backpack to borrow, and there's a regular programme of events in school holidays. Seasonal wildlife highlights include: spring birdsong, nightingales and booming bitterns and nesting avocets; summer butterflies, flowers and nesting terns; autumn migrants, red deer rut and colour; winter ducks, evening roosts of birds and Christmas shopping. Volunteer guides are often available to help you identify Minsmere's varied wildlife.
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  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“bird watching” (48 reviews)
“marsh harrier” (28 reviews)
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Sheepwash Lane, Westleton IP17 3BY, England
+44 1728 648281
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Love this place, always something to see, great staff, great facilities, dog friendly parking. This has to be the best reserve the RSPB has, We've been to a few and this is superb,

Thank Steve C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My first visit. Quite a way off the main A12 down single track roads but huge car park on arrival. Alas not full since a poor weather day. Nevertheless wandered around the reserve without getting too wet. What I found more than helpful were staff...More

1  Thank shark939
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the best nature reserves in the U.K. With a wide variety of habitats. We saw a Kingfisher within a few minutes. Kids had great fun.

Thank Alastair W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful day out at Minsmere. We are not really birdwatchers, however paid £3 to hire a pair of binoculars and joined in. The staff were very helpful when we arrived and provided maps of the various walking routes. The reserve really is...More

Thank Mike204
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The weather particularly on the second day was warm but not too hot. Not the best time of the year for birdwatching as transition stage between Summer and Winter visitors. Still pretty busy, and that is why I have a gripe about certain watchers who...More

Thank Keith1812
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went with a friend.who is a keen amateur wildlife photographer. Paid £9 entry to access the whole site and you get a good prep talk from the staff then you can follow the trails at your leisure. The site has some tarmac paths but a...More

1  Thank Andy W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First visit. Great 'welcome' at the reception in the visitor centre. Staff provided very helpful guidance about which areas to go to. Plenty to see. Will definitely return and spend longer there next time.

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We love coming here regularly for walks, wildlife and a feeling of wellbeing. On this occasion we came with friends and a little one. He enjoyed the wildzone and den area and being in the woods for an adventure. We all had lunch at cafe..lots...More

Thank AliH8691
Reviewed 10 August 2017

My daughter and I had arranged for a personal tour with an RSPB expert (Charles). This proved to be a fantastic idea. We are novice birdwatchers and wild life enthusiasts. Charles was able to point out insects, plants and birds. He was also able to...More

Thank WokingJane
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Minsmere has different activities for children throughout the school holidays. We went pond dipping and discovered lots of pond life. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but don't worry if you've never done it before, as the volunteers are great. They are very friendly,...More

Thank June S
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10 October 2016|
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Response from SKALondon | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are not allowed on the nature trails or in hides but there is a 5 mile walk around the reserve on public paths. The RSPB website has information for dog owners on the Plan a Visit page for Minsmere
28 August 2016|
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Response from GroovyRhino | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are not allowed, but there is a nice stretch of beach at the back of the reserve which dogs can go on, great walks from here
Autumn S
21 October 2015|
Response from Ian B | Property representative |
Entry to Minsmere is free for RSPB members and RSPB Wildlife Explorers. If you are not a member, then the entry fees are £8 for adults, £4 for children or £5.50 for students. Under 5s are free, and one child is free with two... More