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Attenborough Nature Centre and Reserve

Attenborough Nature Centre is an award winning visitor and education facility surrounded by the tranquil waters of the beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve, owned and managed by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
The Nature Centre houses a host of facilities including meeting rooms, education facilities, interactive displays, a nature shop, and the Café, serving a selection of quality local, fairtrade and organic homemade food.

The Nature Reserve itself is a 226 hectares outdoor site.  The full walk around the reserve should take around three hours so a half day visit is ideal with the Nature Centre providing great facilities before and after your walk.

Attenborough has 4 bird hides with unique features.

Who to contact

0115 972 1777
Parent Organisation
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Where to go

Attenborough Nature Centre
Barton Lane

Toilets and accessible toilets available during nature centre opening times.

The nearest railway station is Attenborough and is a 15 minute walk to the Nature Reserve and is well signposted.

Tthe Indigo bus runs every 10 minutes between Beeston and Long Eaton and the bus stop is a 10 minute walk to the reserve down Barton Lane.

The Nature Centre is fully accessible being all on one level. An accessible toilet is available. A wheelchair can be borrowed to get from the car park to the Nature Centre (tel. 0115 972 1777).

The Car Park, which is 50m from the Centre has accessible spaces, some overlooking the lake.  The surface of the car park is solid and has marked spaces for 156 cars.  There is a £3 donation for parking all day.

The route to the Centre from the car park is on one level.

A hearing loop is provided in the Conference Room.

The Nature Reserve is on one level with some steeper slopes over bridges. The path surfaces, in the main, are accessible to all. It may be worth checking before your visit on the state of the paths as some are liable to flooding in very wet weather.

Please contact the Centre on 0115 972 1777 if you need further information or advice before your visit.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Seasonal opening check main site for times, open 7 days a week
Session Information
Access to the reserve 7:00am - dusk
Autumn/Winter Centre opening : Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Autumn/Winter Centre opening : Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Assistance Dogs Only in the Centre
Spring/Summer Centre Opening: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Spring/Summer Centre Opening:Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Hides open 9am - 4pm

Other Details


£3.00 day car parking donation


Other notes

Various walks, talks, monthly clubs and activities held throughout the year for all ages. 

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Record Last Updated On: 24/07/2019

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