In line with Government guidance Durham Wildlife Trust’s visitor centres at Low Barns and Rainton Meadows will be closed from 4pm today (Monday 23rd March). There will be no vehicle access to both sites during this time as the Trust’s offices located in the centres are also closed.
Access to the sites is available on foot but please respect any parking restrictions if you are visiting and do not block either the highway or barrier gate. In order to protect our sites as much as possible, for security reasons vehicle access is no longer available to those members with barrier keys. We hope that you can understand our reasons for taking these steps.
The situation will be monitored closely and information updated on this page when circumstances change. As ever, the Trust appreciates your continued support, without which we could not continue our vital work in protecting and conserving wildlife from 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.
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
Tyne & Wear
Access: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Coffee Shop: 10 am – 4 pm
WildPlay: 10 am – 4 pm