Rainham Marshes

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Rainham Marshes
4.5
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Adventure into nature at Rainham Marshes - see amazing wildlife, explore the wonderful walks, and enjoy the views and scenery. The paths and boardwalks are good so you can explore throughout the year, visit our adventure play area including climbing boulders, enjoy a nice cuppa and homemade cake in our cafe, visit our shop, hire bicycles, walk your dog along the River Wall, or join one of our fabulous family activities or events. Part of the Thames Estuary, not far from the bustling streets of London, Rainham Marshes is a haven for all kinds of wildlife - birds, water voles, dragonflies and more. The reserve is open every day, except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, 9.30am - 5pm from February to October, and 9.30am - 4.30pm between November and January. It's FREE for RSPB members, and local residents of Havering and Thurrock. For non-members the prices is as follows: £6 adult, £3 children and £4 student.
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Antarctic
Cambridge, UK428 contributions
May 2022
Visited the site on a day when the rain bucketed down. We managed to get very wet but the lack of people made the experience outstanding.

I am a member of the RSPB and support the protection of birds - I am not avid twitcher however. For me, the route around the site on paths and raised decking over the marshy areas, was first rate - although some may find the route over-developed. A wheelchair user could consider the route if care is taken.

The ex-military facilities are not intrusive and add another dimension to the site.

Certainly another visit is welcome.
Written May 27, 2022
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SKALondon
London997 contributions
Mar 2022
I visited Rainham Marshes for the first time this year. Mustn’t leave it so long next time.

Heard my first chiffchaff of the year singing and saw a couple of great crested grebes displaying. What next time?

Good for an easy walk or a stop on your way along the river path. Toilets, café and shop. Serious or non serious birding as you choose. Robins that feed from the hand or sparrows on the feeders, spoonbill, great white egret or returning migrants.
Written March 16, 2022
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Emily
London, UK197 contributions
Sep 2021
Pleasant visit, very peaceful location with a good trail & various hide to view the birds. Staff were very friendly & helpful with questions. Was able to get a Gluten Free muffin in the cafe.
Written September 27, 2021
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PARASCOSA
Knebworth, UK265 contributions
Aug 2021
We have visited this reserve several times for longer birdwatching trips but this visit was just a quick stop-off for lunch with son and grandchildren.

In contrast to the review earlier this month, we found the staff to be very helpful and friendly and the food was excellent.

One observation was that, considering that COVID regulations have now been relaxed, we found the measures to be a little OTT and made the atmosphere very sterile.
Written August 21, 2021
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Cheekycockney190757
Basildon, UK7,466 contributions
Jun 2021
Visited on Wednesday 30th June 2021 with friends who are RSPB members and were able to use their guest pass vouchers to allow me and my son to visit for free. Upon arrival, there is plenty of car parking and what appears to have been a historical charge as there is an out of order ticket machine but no indication that charges are still being applied. The RSPB controlled marshes are accessed from the visitor centre and on this occasion were accessible in a clockwise direction to aid social distancing. The path is well defined and the various hides offer views over different types of terrain. I am not a bird watcher so my friend's excitement at seeing various rare species of bird was something I didn't feel but it was enjoyable all the same and I captured some decent photographs with my F2.8 300MM DSLR lens which I mention as if going there and wanting to capture any images beyond landscape or portraits of fellow visitors your going to need a good zoom/telephoto lens. After circumnavigating the site you return back to the Visitor centre where there are toilets and a cafe/shop. The cafe is pretty basic but it appears those there are volunteers and as such the rather snooty attitude I have seen in other reviews about the extent of the stock and speediness of service appear a little unfair and disproportionate in my view. As it was it is a nice way to end any trip with a hot beverage and a snack. The shop had an array of items associated with the site and overall even though I have no particular interest in the sites main purpose, in providing a natural habitat for various birds, it was still well run and executed and I would recommend to anyone with a partial interest in either wildlife photography or bird watching, just remember to bring your binoculars.
Written August 19, 2021
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Silverdude_13
Colchester, UK21 contributions
Aug 2021
catering arrangements were not at all what would be expected for RSPB site. Three members of staff for 12 customers (3 tables seated) and 5 take away. The staff at 1300hrs. were either disorganized or "just don't want to be there". (it was Friday 13th)
Limited selection of food. Unable to have a tray for take out.
Written August 13, 2021
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CheekyLondon
Southend-on-Sea, UK1,762 contributions
Jun 2021
Super visit. There is some outside seating - this was good as even in June 2021 it was not set up for inside snacks. There was an outside table and volunteers checking people in to go on the bird hide walk. A really lovely peaceful walk with very few people during the week. Two of the bird hides are open! The RSPB shop is open. Everything seems well organised
Written June 14, 2021
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Thank you for your visit - I hope you enjoyed your walk! We now have all four hides open and some seating in the café - as covid restrictions continue to lift more will be opening! Hopefully we will see you again soon at the reserve!
Written June 30, 2021
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SKALondon
London997 contributions
Aug 2020
Living in London it’s our nearest RSPB reserve and we’re hoping to visit again but its not quite local to us.

If you can visit we often walk around and don’t see anyone else.

We visited under Covid before lockdown and the slight differences from the measures were barely noticeable. Once we were in and walking around we didn’t notice any difference to previous visits other than not going into the hides.

The cafe has now opened for takeaway. If there are not already there will soon be some nesting birds.
Written April 2, 2021
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Thank you for your visit! I hope you enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to review us here.
Written June 30, 2021
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tradesman121
London29 contributions
Sep 2020
Something for everyone here. Flat and extensive, the unusual layout provides many vantage points and hides from which to view the wonderful array of waterfowl and wildlife generally. Put it on your list!
Written September 25, 2020
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Thank you so much for your visit - I hope you had a lovely time and we will see you at the reserve soon.
Written June 30, 2021
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emuslushy
London, UK377 contributions
Jan 2020
This reserve was amazing.

Very friendly welcome from the lady on reception and plenty of parking. The welcome included pointing out where recent highlights were and to make sure I also had a look down at the Thames after, just incase of waders / seals.

There was lots to see and make sure you have a look at the "munitions area" as this seemed to be a hotpoint of bird activity.

I will definitely return.

There is also a cafe and toilets onsite.
Written March 8, 2020
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Thank you for your comments about the reserve! I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit! You are right - the woodland is a good area, great for birds and insects too! I hope that we will see you again at the reserve soon. Thank you, Louise.
Written March 10, 2020
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