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image for Group Visits item typeGroup Visits at RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve

  • VistEngland VAQAS
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Animals and Wildlife, £1-£2.50

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RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve

RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve

Address

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

Details

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. The marshes are home to a variety of birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and invertebrates. To get more out of the reserve why not have a look at the events on offer for all interests. You may also want to make use of the kids adventure play area or within the award winning visitor centre there is a café with great views of the marshes and river Thames and gift shop. The visitor centre and reserve is open all year round offering a great day out for everyone.

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

Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Prices

Car park: voluntary £1 donation. Reserve: Free to RSPB members and residents of Havering and Thurrock. Non-members: £3 adult, £1.50 child, £9 family (two adults and up to four children). There are extra costs for some events - please check when you book.

Location

Directions

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

Facilities

  • 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

Parking

  • 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

General

  • 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

Entrance

  • 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

Food

  • 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

Notes

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