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Elmley National Nature Reserve

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Address: Kingshill Farm | Elmley, Sheerness ME12 3RW, England
Phone Number: +44 1795 664896
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£5 Per car. Or join Friends of Elmley £20 a year.

Elmley is a huge National...

£5 Per car. Or join Friends of Elmley £20 a year.

Elmley is a huge National Nature Reserve renowned for wildlife. At Elmley you are likely to see water birds wading in the ponds, magnificent birds of prey soaring above, hares bounding across the meadows, as well as a butterflies, dragonflies and bees exploring the waterways and wildflowers. If you're lucky you might spot a watervole hiding among the reeds or a grass-snake basking by the ponds. Elmley is also crammed full of heritage and history: Discover the house where King James II was imprisoned in 1688, the remains of a Victorian village and the marshes that inspired Dickens' Great Expectations.The traditional Kentish barn is available for hire for weddings and events.Escape to Elmley, only one hour from London, and enjoy walking, bird watching, photography or simply relaxing in the magnificent scenery.

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Few of my friends were staying over night and they invited me to join for late supper. place was absolutely amazing I drove all the way from London and I was amazed by the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 26, 2016
Sam W
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Few of my friends were staying over night and they invited me to join for late supper. place was absolutely amazing I drove all the way from London and I was amazed by the quietness of the place. I am planing to stay overnight next time cabins are awesome if you are planning to get away from busy life this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

The raptor area is brilliant, kids loved hawk spotting along with the marshy parts looking out for wading birds and herons

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Thank Jan J
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Arrived the day before the wedding we were to attend, when we looked at the bell tents, one had blown down and of the others there wasn't one that still had all it pegs in. The problem is nice new tents, and cheap bendy pegs and high winds do not work it needed some serious heavy duty pegs. Once we... More 

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ElmleyNNR, Owner at Elmley National Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We take all feedback seriously and would like to take the opportunity to reply to your comments, for you and for other users of the site. We saw you at several points throughout the weekend and every time we spoke I checked everything was ok, so I am really saddened that you chose not to... More 

Sheerness, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Well worth a visit, sadly we don't visit as often as we would like, the long walk is the main problem as you get older, (Blue badge holders can drive the 1.25 mls). the rest of us have to walk, but our 4 year grandson did it. There is always a fair range of birds to see. I just love... More 

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Coalville, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Hired the barn for a family wedding and were not disappointed . A few of the guests stayed in the Shepherd huts or glamped. Facilities for the tents were a bit basic and on one night when it was very windy tents were blown about. Not much protection around the camp site if the weather is windy. That said,for a... More 

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Thank Elizabeth W
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend this place for its wildlife, scenery & a great place to walk. One of the best places on sheppey

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Thank rosalind g
Stourport on Severn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

I was really looking forward to my visit to this nature reserve and I wasn't disappointed. Although it is a fair walk to the hides (about 1.5 miles) there is lots to see along the way as the path is surrounded by ponds and marsh land. I saw my first Marsh Harrier and also spotted Egrets, Avocets, Lapwings, Oystercatchers, Godwit,... More 

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Thank Katy S
Sheerness, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

If you like birds and long walks and total peace this is the place for you .Park your car in the car park as you can go no further by car .Have a little look around the information centre and then walk as much as you want.the birds and wild life you will see is great If you are lucky... More 

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Thank Christine W
Minster on Sea
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174 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

We visit Elmley regularly to watch the wildlife. May is truly magical with all the chicks around, not to mention the calves from the grazing herd. However, come any month and you'll be delighted - there's always something going on on the farm and the wildlife changes with the seasons. Drive the road across the reserve or walk to the... More 

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Lived up to all expectations especially for marsh harriers. A cafe would be a wonderful bonus but that of course means more visitors - a happy balance.

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