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RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve

RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve

Special Offers

  • Offer: Free entry for two adults and up to four children to the reserve. Valid until 31 December 2016.

    While you are here why not enjoy a fabulous walk, see fantastic wildlife, climb on our climbing boulders, play in our adventure and toddlers play areas, enjoy a yummy lunch in the cafe, visit our shop, borrow a children’s activity sheet, you can join events or hire bicycles to adventure into nature!
    Terms & Conditions
    Please hand printed voucher in to reception (in the Visitor Centre), which allows free entry to the reserve only. If you would like to attend events or hire bicycles there will be a cost (please check the website for more details). http://www.rspb.org.uk
    Valid until 31st December 2016
    Dates valid:
    • Fri 19 Aug - Sat 31 Dec 2016
    Request voucher


The Visitor Centre,
New Tank Hill Road,
RM19 1SZ


RSPB Rainham Marshes is a unique nature reserve which has been restored to a grazing marshland following 100 years of use as a MoD shooting range. A fully accessible nature trail allows you to experience nature firsthand throughout the seasons.
You can explore this lovely nature reserve throughout the year, and get close to the amazing wildlife. There are a number of hides that give great views of wildlife, even without binoculars.

The paths and boardwalks are good so you can explore throughput the year, visit our adventure play area, enjoy a nice cuppa and homemade cake in our cafe, or join one of our fabulous family activities or events.

Don't worry if you've not been here before - we can tell you about the reserve and where to walk, and families can borrow a wildlife challenge sheet (we've got some for 3-5's, 6-10's and 10-13's).

And of course there's the wildlife - lots of wildlife! Butterflies, dragonflies, bees, birds, very cute water voles, marsh frogs and lots more!

What's at Rainham?
Visitor centre
Hides and viewing areas
Car park
Accessible toilets
Baby-changing facilities
Cafe and shop
2.5 miles of nature trail
Picnic areas
Wildlife garden - you can learn how to give nature a home in your garden
Bike hire and guided cycling rides
Climbing boulders (they are graded V0-V5 so suitable for all ages - adult or child, and all abilities absolute beginner or a climber!)
Adventure play area
Toddlers play area
Weekly Running Club
Nature Orienteering for families available every day
Monthly yoga classes
Events all year round
Lots of wildlife

We run curriculum linked courses for all age school groups, can run fabulous fun birthday parties (pond dipping is a favourite!), scouting groups, youth groups, and adults groups too - just ask for details.

There is something for everyone. You don't need to bring anything - just you, your family and a sense of adventure! Look on our website for dates, times and more information or give us a call on 01708 899840.


Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Visitor centre Hides and viewing areas Car park Accessible toilets Wheelchair and mobility scooter available to hire Baby-changing facilities Picnic areas Cafe and shop 2.5 miles of nature trail Wildlife garden Adventure play area Toddlers play area Events all year round Lots of wildlife

Opening details

From 1 November to 31 January, we're open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. From 1 February to 31 October, it's 9.30 am to 5 pm. We're closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


Car park: voluntary £1 donation. Reserve: Free to RSPB members and residents of Havering and Thurrock. Non-members: £5 adult and £3 child. There are extra costs for some events - please check when you book.



Plan route to RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TQ 548789  Lat: 51.48789 Long: 0.22907

By Road:
The reserve is located off New Tank Hill Road (A1090) in Purfleet, just off the A1306 between Rainham and Lakeside. This is accessible from the Aveley, Wennington and Purfleet junction off the A13 and J30/31 of the M25.
There are bike racks and spaces for disabled badge holders.

By Public Transport:
Purfleet train station is on the C2c line from Fenchurch Street. The reserve is a 15 minute walk from the station following the brown pedestrian signs along the riverside path.
The ensignbus number 44 between Lakeside and Orsett Hospital, Grays, stops near the reserve entrance on New Tank Hill Road. This bus runs every hour and every 30 minutes during peak hours. For timetable information please visit www.ensignbus.co.uk or call 01708 865656.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Purfleet station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Visitor centre Hides and viewing areas Car park Accessible toilets Wheelchair and mobility scooter available to hire Baby-changing facilities Picnic areas Cafe and shop 2.5 miles of nature trail Wildlife garden Adventure play area Toddlers play area Events all year round Lots of wildlife

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFee payable
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 20
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children


  • You can find out more about access to Rainham by visiting http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/r/rainhammarshes/accessibility.aspx