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RSPB Minsmere

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Sheepwash Lane, Westleton IP17 3BY, England
+44 1728 648281
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Pond dipping

Minsmere has different activities for children throughout the school holidays. We went pond... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
June S
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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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Family visit

Lovely to have a walk around a nature reserve and along the beach and see the wildlife. Love the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jan P
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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%
  • Terrible1%
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“the reserve” (118 reviews)
“bird watching” (34 reviews)
“marsh harrier” (32 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Sheepwash Lane, Westleton IP17 3BY, England
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+44 1728 648281
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lovely to have a walk around a nature reserve and along the beach and see the wildlife. Love the hides best we been to double levels and the information books in the hides was nice to have. You can hire binoculars from £3, staff members...More

Thank Jan P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to get to (we stayed at Mulley's Cottage - excellent - in Westleton). I like the variety at Minsmere - the different hides and being near the sea. This bird reserve embraces people like me new to bird watching.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I recently joined the rspb so I thought I would go take a look at minsmere. It happened to be the hottest day of the year but it didn't spoil things. The discovery centre is great and I went on 1 of the many trails,...More

Thank Vince P
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Ian B, Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Minsmere, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your feedback. It certainly sounds like you had a successful first visit to Minsmere, though I'm disappointed to that one person almost spoilt it for you. We enjoy hearing about all the sightings that have inspired visitors, though space limits how many can...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite the total lack of signage for Minsmere, my satnav took us directly to the entrance. It's worth noting that without a satnav, one would possibly have trouble finding this 'out of the way' location on a map. Lots of free parking available, not too...More

Thank Heather Q
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Ian B, Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Minsmere, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your comprehensive feedback. It certainly sounds like you had a great day at Minsmere. I'll make sure I pass on your feedback to Olly - he's a new member of the café team, so it's good to hear that he's helping us to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am a frequent visitor to Minsmere. Outstanding for birdwatching, insect life, or simply for beautiful walking. Good tea shop as well.

Thank jedi11
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Ian B, Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Minsmere, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your feedback. It's always good to hear form our regular visitors as well as first timers. We hope you continue to enjoy your visits to Minsmere.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely way to get shade in the heatwave walking the nature trails and seeing what we could from the hides dotted about. Really friendly helpful staff. If you have binoculars, take them, plus comfy shoes for lots of strolling. I was a target...More

Thank nelmes65
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Minsmere is a must do attraction for the tourists. The large car park can accommodate many coaches and cars, The downside if you have come to view the rarities you might be in a crowded hide, with the odd person chatting on their mobile phone....More

Thank Gillian S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is very good for seeing many types of birds in various habitats. There is lots of walking so wear comfortable shoes. There is a good cafe too. The weather was very hot on my visit but I should think very cold in the winter...More

Thank Margaret C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really helpful staff who are full of information to make sure you get the best out of your visit. Worthwhile looking at planned events if you want a guided walk or to see bird ringing. Children's activities also available. Wide range of habitats so that...More

Thank Jane L
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Ian B, Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Minsmere, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback. Our summer holiday activities include pond dipping (Mon & Wed), owl pellet dissection (Tues), bird ringing demonstrations (Thurs) and both a holiday club and family guided on Fridays. There's also regular guided walks for both beginners and more experienced birdwatchers, so...More

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Tracey J
28 October 2017|
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Response from Ian B | Property representative |
The Minsmere visitor centre is fully accessible for wheelchairs. Most of the trails are level, and accessible for most wheelchairs, as are most hides although neither of the circular walks is fully accessible. You can find... More
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Esengo
11 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
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philippam2006
29 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
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