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Ingrebourne Valley Nature Discovery Centre is a partnership project between Essex Wildlife Trust and Havering Council. Built in Hornchurch Country Park, the centre overlooks the fantastic marshland and reedbeds of the River Ingrebourne Valley.

The site is made up of 261 hectares of interconnecting habitats, including river, open water, marsh, grassland, reed bed, ancient and secondary woodland, scrub and hedgerows and is home to London’s largest remaining continuous freshwater reed bed, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Local Nature Reserve.

Walk, explore and play on site, there is something for everyone to discover!

*Walking, cycling, running

*Accessible Footpaths

*Play area (Council owned)

*History trail – Purchase a trail map from the centre

*Outdoor gym and fitness trail (Council owned)

*Café offering hot drinks and refreshments

*Shop – Nature based books & gifts, binoculars and bird food

We run an exciting range of events for all ages across our Nature Discovery Centres, please visit our Facebook pages for the most up to date information and booking details.

Car park, toilets including disabled and baby change facilities on site. Some footpaths are buggy friendly and wheelchair friendly (please call the centre for more information)

Essex Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity, committed to protecting wildlife and inspiring a lifelong love of nature. We value your support, all income generated from our sites enables us to continue this great work – thank you.

Guide Prices

Essex Wildlife Trust is a conservation charity - suggested donation is stated at the welcome desk



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • WiFi or internet access

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted



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      Road Directions

      Public transport – Underground - From Hornchurch district line station, turn right and follow Sutton’s lane until you get to Hornchurch Country Park where you will see the centre beyond the car park. Bus – the 252 bus stops just by Squadrons’ Approach. The 252 bus leaves from either Hornchurch Town centre or Colliers RowBy car - *Please note that our postcode may not work with sat nav* Turn into Squadron’s Approach from Airfield Way/ Suttons Lane, turn right at the end of the street and follow the road into the carpark. The centre is a very short walk from the car park.Disabled parking – the centre is approximately 2 minute walk on level tarmac from the car park. For visitors who cannot walk this distance, please call the centre prior to your visit to arrange access to the drop off point outside the centreAccessible by Public Transport: Hornchurch station is 1 mile away.

      Ingrebourne Valley Nature Discovery Centre

      Type:Visitor Centre

      Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, RM12 6DF

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      Open 9am to 5pm from February to November, 9am to 4pm December and January

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