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One of very few ancient landscapes remaining in London, these medieval marshes right next to the Thames were closed to the public for over 100 years and used as a military firing range. The innovative visitor centre, with huge picture-windows looking out across the marshes, opened in November 2006. It is full of environmentally friendly features and already boasts a handful of prestigious architectural awards.

Contact Details

Telephone: 01708 899840

Email: rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk

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Directions

From London: Join A13 eastbound. After Dagenham the A13 goes onto an elevated section. Stay on the A13 to the A1306 turn-off (Signposted Wennington, Aveley and Purfleet.) At the slip road roundabout turn right, following signs for Purfleet on the A1306 heading east. Continue along the A1306 for ½ mile. At the traffic lights, take a right hand turn, signposted Purfleet and RSPB onto New Tank Hill Road flyover. The entrance to the reserve is signposted approximately 300 metres along this road, just after the bottom of the flyover on the right hand side. From the M25: Exit M25 at junction 31. At the J31 roundabout take the A1306 west, signposted to RSPB Rainham Marshes. Continue along the A1306 for 1.5 miles. At the traffic lights turn left, signposted Purfleet and RSPB onto New Tank Hill Road flyover. The entrance to the reserve is signposted approximately 300 metres along this road, just after the bottom of the flyover on the right hand side.
For Rainham Tip, take the first junction west of the Rainham Marshes junction, signposted to Ferry Lane Industrial Estate and Rainham. Take Coldharbour Lane south towards the River Thames and take the right-hand turn through the narrow gate towards the riverside car park at TQ516800.

Access

Free entry to RSPB members; non-members £2.50.
For Rainham Tip, park in the riverside car park off Coldharbour Lane. Follow the Riverside Walk east from here to view either the tip or the River Thames; loafing gulls may be found anywhere in the area

Parking

Car park on site.

Opening Times

9.30 am-4.30 pm daily. Be warned - there is NO access (even to park) outside of these times other than the Riverside Walk.

Facilities

Visitor centre, toilets, disabled toilets, baby-changing facilities, picnic area, group bookings accepted, guided walks available, good for walking, pushchair friendly, shop, cafe

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