Rainham Marshes
Rainham Marshes
4.5
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
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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SKALondon
London, UK2,478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Sam and Erin
Cheshire, UK154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a lovely reserve, very close to the Thames. We spent an hour or so here and saw many species, including Marsh Harriers and Snipe. We probably would have given five stars but the majority of the reserve was shut due to the recent bad weather which was a shame. There is a cafe here and also toilets.
Written February 17, 2020
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Thank you for your review - it sounds like you had a good visit! The snipe have been showing really well recently, and I always love seeing the marsh harriers! In the high winds sections of the reserve will have to close for safety reasons, we do have a blog that we update with all the latest news (this is where we can update everyone if we need to close anywhere) or you can always give us a ring if it's looking stormy. I hope that you enjoyed the stroll and I hope we'll see you again!
Written February 20, 2020
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emuslushy
London, UK399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Visitor
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Wonderful birdwatching site.
Great wide vistas, clean hides and well-marked paths.
Volunteers are always welcoming and knowledgeable and the visitor centre is a great building.
Such a pity that the lovely cafe, which used to have much wider food options and really be a stand out feature to attract visitors, has been (forced to?) lose so much food choice and become so basic.
Could do with one more hide.
Hope funding / support is found to fix the closed boardwalk soon - this has been broken for a long time now.
Written January 7, 2024
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CheekyLondon
Southend-on-Sea, UK1,675 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
London, UK2,478 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Silverdude_13
Colchester, UK18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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PARASCOSA
Knebworth, UK261 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Krissie
London, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Lived up the road for 5 years and only realised this existed recently. In what is a very industrial area it's nice to have a little slice of wildlife. Very pleasant walk along the Thames and in the sanctuary itself. Get a half decent coffee in the shop and everyone is really friendly. Definitely worth a little jaunt. Been back 3 times and will be back again.
Written January 3, 2020
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Thank you for your kind words! I'm happy to hear that you discovered us, and hope to see you again soon. The section of the reserve that is alongside the Thames is stunning - at this time of year you get some wonderful sunsets (and keep an eye out for seals as well). Hope to see you again soon!
Written January 5, 2020
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aw1955
London, UK121 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
Nice reserve but the staff are terrible, aloof and have thier regulars and no time for new visitors, it's my nearest rspb reserve and because of the staff here I have ended my membership of rspb, as another reviewer stated you can see more outside the reserve and I agree totally, outside has other benefits, not bumping into the staff who treated me like dirt. I'll never go back..
Written November 1, 2017
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