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RSPB Minsmere

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Great Views of the Coast

We are members of the National Trust which is good value considering its just over £5 pound for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RogerLowestoft
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Oulton Broad, United Kingdom
Nice site but must have been a quiet day when we were there

A fairly quiet time bird wise when we visited. Enjoyed the walk to the coast and back into the... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Rappeneau12
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Minsmere is a great place to discover nature. The RSPB shop, cafe and visitor centre provide a perfect introduction before you explore the beautiful countryside walks. Enjoy stunning woodland, wetland and coastal scenery and close views of a wide...more
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Sheepwash Lane, Westleton IP17 3BY, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The reserve is not dog friendly, except for the cafe and car park, so is it worth bothering if you have dogs? Only if you want to have a drink or something to eat. The cafe is very good and we enjoyed our food. There's...More

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Ian B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Minsmere, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your feedback. Here at Minsmere you'll find that all our visitor centre staff and volunteers love dogs, and we're only too happy to chat to them and their owners. We provide a water bowl outside and welcome dogs into the café and shop,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We are members of the National Trust which is good value considering its just over £5 pound for parking anyway. There numerous walks you can take, some signed other will take to Sizewell and on further or a loop to Dunwich village and back. This...More

Thank RogerLowestoft
Ian B, Visito Experience Manager at RSPB Minsmere, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your feedback, though I think you may have posted this in the wrong place. Dunwich Heath NT reserve is indeed a great place to visit. RSPB Minsmere is adjacent to Dunwich Heath, and our visitor centre, including café and shop are open every...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Minsmere is rightly famous and today's two very close to hide Bitterns were the icing on the cake. Sadly the cafe experience was dreadful...beans not on toast but half on toast and half on soggy bread...glossy menu description for bacon roll but dry unbuttered roll...More

Thank ACinUK
Ian B, Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Minsmere, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your feedback, which I have passed on to our Catering Manager. The bacon rolls are served with portions of butter rather than buttered rolls following feedback from many customers who prefer their rolls without butter. For those, including me, who like their...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018

A fairly quiet time bird wise when we visited. Enjoyed the walk to the coast and back into the reserve. I thought the hides were a long way from the birds - but it may have just been that day. Were given an introduction and...More

1  Thank Rappeneau12
Ian B, Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Minsmere, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Thanks for your feedback. It sounds like you may have been a bit unlucky on your visit as there have been large flocks of ducks on the Scrape this week - though they can be a bit more distant at times due to the size...More

Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

Wonderful venue for bird watching but we loved the walking and the cafe. Excellent home made cakes and savouries and super coffee. Indoor seating extra room in the lookout upstairs with great views. Lots of outdoor seating. Super position on cliff top.More

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Ian B, Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Minsmere, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Thanks for your feedback. I'm sure the National Trust at Dunwich Heath will be pleased to hear that you enjoyed their café, with its cliff top views. When you are visiting the area next time, please head a few hundred metres south along the coast...More

Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

Even at this quite time of year, Minsmere is well worth a visit. There is an abundance of birds to see all over the reserve plus a very decent chance of sighting a Bittern. On sunny days, looking into the sun can be a problem...More

Thank lightning92
Ian B, Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Minsmere, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Thanks for your feedback. Our bitterns are certainly showing very well at times at this time of year. If it's a sunny day, we recommend visiting Island Mere Hide early or late in the day to reduce the risk of glare, though if the bitterns...More

Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

This is an extensive - and popular - nature reserve that has been well designed to cope with the large numbers of visitors. There are several marked walking routes, either round the salt marsh reed beds & the meres, along the seashore or through the...More

Thank Selkie_12
Ian B, Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Minsmere, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Many thanks for your feedback. As you discovered, wind is often the worst weather conditions for birdwatching in woodland, but even then it's worth just sitting and waiting for a roving flock to pass by. As you note, many birdwatchers - beginners as well as...More

Reviewed 14 October 2018

A party of 4. A 4 x 4 safari to view the deer at Minsmere. There were numerous sightings of the stags and their harems - including other wildlife like Stone Curlews. These were closer encounters than we had in Exmoor. God guide, over 2...More

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Ian B, Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Minsmere, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Thanks for your feedback. It's always good to hear from our visitors about their experiences on our guided walks and safaris as this helps us to improve them for the future. Our red deer safaris, in particular, are incredibly popular, and always sell out within...More

Reviewed 14 October 2018

As keen birders we were always going to like Minsmere. But as regular visitors to the WWT reserves, it was great to meet such helpful and friendly staff at reception and in the shop. However, would have been nice if more had been available throughout...More

Thank 65jude
Ian B, Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Minsmere, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Many thanks for your feedback. We do try to have at least two volunteer guides out on the reserve each day, sometimes more. They are always happy to help visitors with their enquiries, and if you ask at reception we'll happily point you in their...More

Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

We always love our walks round Minsmere..such a special place..feel refreshed and better afterwards. Today we popped to the cafe first and had lunch. My other half had lamb hotpot which he declared to be delicious..lovely flavours and beautifully cooked. I had jacket potato with...More

Thank AliH8691
Ian B, Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Minsmere, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Thanks for your feedback, which I will pass on to the café team. Good food and a walk to the beach sounds like a great way to relax and feel refreshed. We look forward to welcoming you back to Minsmere soon.

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Sherrie S
15 October 2018|
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Response from grubgobbler | Reviewed this property |
The public footpath along the beach from Dunwich towards Sizewell is dog friendly but the reserve and all paths within the reserve is strictly no dogs, all nature reserves usually impose this rule.
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Tracey J
27 October 2017|
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Response from Ian B | Property representative |
The Minsmere visitor centre is fully accessible for wheelchairs. Most of the trails are level, and accessible for most wheelchairs, as are most hides although neither of the circular walks is fully accessible. You can find... More
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Esengo
10 October 2016|
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Response from SKALondon | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are not allowed on the nature trails or in hides but there is a 5 mile walk around the reserve on public paths. The RSPB website has information for dog owners on the Plan a Visit page for Minsmere
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