Durham Wildlife Trust's visitor centres at Low Barns and Rainton Meadows remain closed. Vehicle access to both sites is possible from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day. The coffee shops are operating a daily takeaway service from 10am-4pm. As ever, the Trust appreciates your continued support, without which wecould not continue our vital work in protecting and conserving wildlifefrom Tees to Tyne. If you need to get in touch, you can still contact us on 0191 5843112 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our two visitor centres provide thousands of people with unique wildlife experiences each year.
As bases for our conservation and education work, the centres at Low Barns and Rainton Meadows are hives of activity. To find out What’s On at each Visitor Centre head over to our Events Page. Scroll down to find out more about our two centres.
Low Barns Covid-19 update: Site car park barriers open from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day. Visitor centre remains closed. The coffee shop is operating a takeaway service, 10am-4pm each day.
The Low Barns Visitor Centre underwent improvement works, thanks to funding from North Pennine Dales LEADER and the Weardale Area Action Partnership. The car parking lay out was altered to create a pedestrianised outdoor seating area and the inside of the building was modified to create an improved shop area and a large community space that can be used for education, meetings and events. The works began in mid-March 2019 and were completed internally by the end of June 2019. Plans to improve the observation tower and open up views across Marston Lake from the visitor centre are ongoing. As such, our fundraising continues and if you wish to donate to help fund the work, please visit www.durhamwt.com/low-barns-appeal/
Access: 9.30 am – 4.30pm
Coffee Shop: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
We’re dog friendly! Well behaved Humans & Dogs are welcome inside our Visitor Centre and Coffee Shop.
Access to Low Barns Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre is free but non-members are asked to make a donation for car parking. Visitors are welcome to make use of our mobility scooter. To book the mobility scooter please call us on 0191 584 3112
Rainton Meadows Covid-19 update: Site car park barriers open from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day. Visitor centre remains closed. The coffee shop is operating a takeaway service, 10am-4pm each day
Tyne & Wear
Access: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Coffee Shop: 10 am – 4 pm
WildPlay: 10 am – 4 pm