Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre
Know before you go
When to visit
Opening timesOpen daily throughout the year
9am - 5pm in the summer
9am - 4pm in the winter
Christmas Opening hours:
Closed 20th December - 25th December. Reopen on Boxing Day at 9am.
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
Put simply, Rutland Water Nature Reserve is one of the best places to watch birds and other wildlife in the UK. This internationally famous nature reserve is managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water and provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in the UK, with in excess of 25,000 ducks, geese and swans in the winter months. It is also a hotspot in England for watching magnificent ospreys fishing over the lagoons.
Right from the moment you step into the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, you are immersed in nature. Panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows give you a taste of the wildlife out on the reserve; spy stately great white egrets, rafts of ducks, fishing terns, grebes, coot, moorhen, herons, waders and more. This stunning wild place is ever changing, so check out our seasonal guide for a taste of what you might see at different times of year. From hearing the sweet serenade of nightingales to watching the striking black and white smew, or even seeing something much rarer, Rutland Water is a place for all the family, no matter what time of year.
You can spend anything from an hour to a long-weekend exploring. There are over 20 wildlife hides to explore, and both short and long walking routes. With wheelchair and pushchair access to many hides, this is a great place for anyone looking for a wild experience. The visitor centre has refreshments and tea/coffee facilities, as well as a shop, interactive displays and toilets. There are cafes nearby for those wanting a longer lunch. There’s also plenty for kids to do, so bring the whole family along.
You will need to purchase a day permit when visiting the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, the cost is £6/adult, £5/Concession, £3.50/Children, £16/Family.
This cost includes parking, and entry and parking at the Lyndon Visitor Centre.
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust members can save 10% on a day permit or purchase an annual permit for £45 from either visitor centre, you will need to show your membership card.
Become a member for exclusive discounts to Rutland Water Nature Reserve
Members of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust receive a 10% discount on entry to Rutland Water Nature Reserve.