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Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

Special Offers

  • Offer: A FREE cup of tea when you purchase a piece of cake. (£2.00 minimum) at Essex Wildlife Trust Thurrock Thameside Nature Park.
    Please take voucher to Café to redeem.
    Dates valid:
    • Mon 22 Aug 2016 - Tue 28 Feb 2017
    Request voucher


Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

01375 643342


Mucking Wharf Road,
Stanford le Hope,
SS17 0RN


Thurrock Thameside Nature Park is situated on the Thames Estuary and is fantastic for family days out, bird and ship watching, historical interest and getting away from the hustle and bustle.

The views across the Thames Estuary are stunning, especially from our fully accessible rooftop viewing deck which offers 360 degree views of the nature park and Thames.

The visitor centre has a café with full length windows for viewing the estuary, gift shop, toilets with baby changing and a bird hide with wheelchair access which overlook the SSSI mudflats a short walk away.

We have a wonderful natural play and picnic area for families to enjoy. Dogs are welcome on leads and events are held throughout the year with free parking.

The site which was once landfill and has been given back to nature is 120 acres at present and will eventually be 845 acres, it is a tremendous habitat for coastal and wetland wildlife, as well as very important grassland flora and fauna species.

The Nature Park is important for many species including Barn Owls, Short Eared Owls, Water Voles, Harvest Mouse, Skylark, Cuckoo and Shrill Carder Bee. However, these are not the only beneficiaries, local Cattle also graze the grassland during the year.

The area is an avian hotspot and throughout the year there are overwintering and migrant bird species residing at the park. There are internationally important numbers of Ringed Plover and Avocets and nationally important numbers of Grey Plover, Dunlin, Godwit and Redshank as well as a treasure trove of butterflies, moths and bees.

Footpaths, bridleways and cycle ways access the Nature Park and we are on the Thames Estuary Path route which extends to 27 miles from Tilbury town through to Leigh on Sea.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedGuided tours for groupsFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

9am – 5pm Monday to Sunday
Winter Hours 9am – 4pm Monday to Sunday November to January
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day


Events and Activity session donations vary dependent on the length and type of session. Please contact for details.



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Map reference: TQ 685810  Lat: 51.50326 Long: 0.42683

How to find us:
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park is in south Essex, on the Thames Estuary,in the village of Mucking about five miles east of the M25.
Directions by public transport: Nearest train station is Stanford-le-Hope. Direct trains from London Fenchurch Street take 50 minutes; direct trains from Southend Central take 25 minutes. Stanford-le-Hope is served by buses from both Southend and Grays, please be prepared for approx 2 mile walk to the Nature Park.
Directions by car: Easily accessible from the M25/A13/A128. Turn off the A1013 from the west or A1014 from the east, towards the village of Stanford Le Hope. Follow the signs to the Walton Hall Farm Museum, via Buckingham Hill Road, then left into Waltons Hall Road continue past the museum on your left and take the next right, sign posted, into Mucking Wharf Road. Carry on past the cottages and barns on your right and onto the single-track road up to the Visitors Centre where there is a large car park including disabled parking bays and minibus/coach parking.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Stanford Le Hope station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired