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Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Nice airy site.

Very good amenities for bird watchers and naturalists. Lots of parking and clean toilets. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carla M
Lovely place to sit and watch the birds while you have a cup of tea

Small area to walk around and rather tired looking café, but staff and volunteers very friendly and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan A
Sudbury, United Kingdom
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Visitors can enjoy walks on Essex Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve; with stunning panoramic views across the reservoir and surrounding villages as well as superb views of the water’s edge from three bird hides. The nature reserve has a 900m...more
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Abberton Reservoir Wildfowl & Visitor Centre Church Road | Layer de la Haye, Colchester, Colchester CO2 0EU, England
+44 1206 738172
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good amenities for bird watchers and naturalists. Lots of parking and clean toilets. The coffee shop has a nice variety of teas and coffee and cakes.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Carla M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location, lovely views but as you can expect of a nature reserve there are loads of gnats and bugs so if you are a little squeamish maybe go on a windy day. The service in the cafe is a little slow and the bacon...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Small area to walk around and rather tired looking café, but staff and volunteers very friendly and they provide children's activities during the week. If you just want a good cup of tea and a place to sit by the window and watch the birds...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really lovely cafe. Amazing views. Child friendly. Only downside was we went on Mother’s Day and the ques were so so long, but they can’t be expected to do much about that as it’s crazy everywhere then and this is overall a small cafe. They...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the Skylark Cafe today for Mothers Day afternoon tea, Tables all set up nicely and the food was amazing, Mixed sandwiches, Fresh baked warm scones with jam and cream, an assortment of cakes and shortcake biscuits plus large pot of tea. Friendly welcoming staff...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 19, 2019 via mobile

First visit to the visitor centre for a while. Nice to get out and see what's on the water at one of the hides but actually a better view was had on the road across the reservoir. Gradually improving the walks around the site but...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed March 18, 2019

Living locally we can pop down for a coffee and cake. The Centre is nice and the refreshments ok. But even though there were few cars in the car park and not many in the centre itself the staff nearly all are volunteers seemed stressed...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Pudding666
Reviewed March 6, 2019

Abberton Reservoir is basically divided into 2 parts. the reservoirs that extend beyond the site and the nature reserve run by the Essex Wildlife Trust which tacks onto one of the reservoirs. I found the reserve very good with hides and opportunities to view various...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank shark939
Reviewed February 27, 2019

Been to Hanningfield reservoir several times so thought a change was due. Must admit I was not prepared for the vastness of Abberton - I only had borrowed binoculars, but really needed my scope! Nice visitor centre, and easy access to the hides, but most...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 16, 2019

Great place to visit especially for the less able..... I have my own mobility scooter and all paths to main hides are very easy to follow and access excellent. There are also scooters there to borrow - best to book in advance. Volunteers all seemed...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Chris C
Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2019

Hi Chris C, We are really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Abberton and that you found us easily accessible, the hides were built with this in mind so really glad you were able to enjoy them. Hope to see you again...More

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March 30, 2019|
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Response from Pudding666 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry the late response, during the summer holidays there are pond dipping sessions, you can probably do them at other times!
Kerry T
April 9, 2018|
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Response from Jo W | Property representative |
Dear Kerry T Thank you for your enquiry. There are a series of permissive footpaths around the reservoir where you can take dogs. Dogs are not however allowed in the visitor centre or on the nature reserve. You are welcome... More
Tommy D
March 13, 2018|
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Response from Tommy D |
But on Google maps it sees as though there is a path all the way around?