Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes, Purfleet: Hours, Address, Rainham Marshes Reviews: 4.5/5

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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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PARASCOSA
Knebworth, UK257 contributions
A quick visit for lunch
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 21 August 2021
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Cheekycockney190757
Basildon, UK5,821 contributions
Great site & facilities for those interested in bird watching/wildlife photography
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 19 August 2021
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Silverdude_13
Colchester, UK20 contributions
Will not be making a return visit
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 13 August 2021
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CheekyLondon
Southend-on-Sea, UK1,506 contributions
Lovely peaceful walk and 2 bird hides open
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 14 June 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 30 June 2021
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SKALondon
London851 contributions
Do visit
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 2 April 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 30 June 2021
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tradesman121
London28 contributions
Commune with nature at Rainham Marshes!
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 25 September 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 30 June 2021
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emuslushy
London, UK335 contributions
Amazing reserve
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 8 March 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 10 March 2020
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Jill H
Nottingham, UK44 contributions
Top class nature reserve
Feb 2020
Easily reached by train from Fenchurch Street to Purfleet, 15 mins well-signposted walk to a brilliant visitor centre. This gives a panoramic view of the nature reserve and the Thames estuary. The staff were friendly and welcoming, the cafe was clean with a good choice of food, some of it home-made. Pat, one of the volunteer wardens made it a memorable visit with his wealth of knowledge about the history and wildlife; his telescope enabled stunning views of the birds which included marsh harriers, pintails and other wildfowl and waders. A really enjoyable and worthwhile day
Written 22 February 2020
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Thank you for your review! Happy to hear that you had a wonderful visit! I will pass on your comments to the right members of the team. I hope that we will see you again soon at the reserve.
Written 25 February 2020
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Sam and Erin
Cheshire, UK138 contributions
A lovely reserve
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 17 February 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 20 February 2020
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MLA-345
Leamington Spa, UK13 contributions
Lovely visit, stunning sunset and great playground
Jan 2020 • Family
We had a lovely visit to Rainham Marshes on Friday. Myself and two boys (aged 5 and 3) had a long journey down from the Midlands and were staying at the Rainham Premier Inn on a visit to my brother. Stopping at Rainham Marshes was lovely - arriving you see the impressive building and after a short walk up we had a lovely welcome. The lady at the reception point was very warm and welcoming and, as we only had 45 mins till closing, she gave directions straight to the playground which the boys loved.

It was a short peaceful, pushchair friendly walk to the playground which had various things including good sand play which had a pulley system with slides for the sand - one of the best I've seen and my boys loved it. There were also slides, a net swing, climbing boulders and other things in the play area.

The views are really peaceful - long flat views of the water and industrial scenes in the distance which I really liked. The birds were interesting.

Thank you to all the welcoming staff, especially as we arrived at 3.45pm and it closed at 4.30pm, they were still so warm and welcoming to us. The views, birds, blast of fresh air, playground and stunning sunset were just what we needed after a long journey. The cafe looked lovely too with great views, we will try that another time.
Written 6 January 2020
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Thank you for visiting us - I'm happy to hear you had a good time! I will pass your comments on to the team, I hope we see you the next time you are visiting your family. Thank you!
Written 7 January 2020
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