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Nature Reserve, free entry


A wetland of international importance, home to common terns and vast flocks of wild geese, swans, wild ducks and wading birds. Nature trails, bird hides and observation room. Gift and book shop. Regular special events. Maximum group size of 60. Coach parking. Vending machines. Toilets, bird hides and boardwalk available for people with disabilities.

Gift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toilets

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Opening details

Tuesday - Sunday 9.00am - 5.00pm plus Bank Holiday Mondays, but closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day


Free entry

Donations of £1 per person welcome.



See location of Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TL 962184  Lat: 51.83003 Long: 0.84717

Take the B1026 from Colchester and follow it for about 5 miles to Abberton


  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)