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Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre

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Closed Now: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Really worth a look

I recently took my twins here for an afternoon walk this past weekend. I was pleasantly surprised... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
THEXTON4
via mobile
Lovely walks

There are some really pleasant walks in this nature reserve. We visited at the weekend with our... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
sheila g
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Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
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Rainton Meadows is just one of 35 nature reserves owned and managed by Durham Wildlife Trust. The visitor centre and children's WildPlay area area open seven days a week from 10am – 4.00pm. The centre has a range of facilities including toilets, a...more
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Rainton Meadows Mallard Way | Chilton Moor, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 6PU, England
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+44 191 584 3112
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I recently took my twins here for an afternoon walk this past weekend. I was pleasantly surprised at how spread out it was. Trail to the pond was great and suitable for little legs to run about on. We then walked back to the cafe...More

Thank THEXTON4
AbbieO38, Communications Assistant at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi THEXTON4, thank you for leaving a review of Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the site and had a nice time in the coffee shop. We hope to welcome you back again soon....More

Reviewed 20 August 2018

We went to Railton Meadows to do the fun run on Saturday followed by an afternoon tea at the wonderful cafe at the visitor centre. My boyfriend did the fun run in the morning, it was very well organised, a delightful run with a couple...More

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Abbie O, Communications Assistant at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Hi Caroline, Thank you for leaving such a wonderful review of Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve. We're thrilled to hear that you had such a good time at the fun run on Saturday and enjoyed afternoon tea afterwards! We hope to welcome you back to Rainton...More

Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Although I live quite local, I'd never visited here. Now I've found it, it will be a place we visit regularly. The walks are beautiful and peaceful and the cafe is great. Lots of variety of food at a reasonable price. The staff are very...More

1  Thank Lisa W
Abbie O, Communications Assistant at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Hi Lisa W, Thank you for leaving such a wonderful review of Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre. We are glad to hear you had such a fantastic time and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Many thanks, Abbie

Reviewed 31 July 2018

Visited as a group. Staff very informative learnt a lot of facts. Went pond dipping who knew that many things lived in a pond. Facilties were provided but only used toilets. A must for any family especially if local, a lovely walk to and around...More

Thank Megan O
Abbie O, Communications Assistant at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Hi Megan O, Thank you for your review of Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit to the reserve and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Many thanks, Abbie

Reviewed 10 July 2018

a good place for a good look round some good walking good cafe a big hide to see ducks swans etc there is a few lakes to get round

Thank mikeone10
Abbie O, Communications Assistant at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Hi mikeone10, Thank you for leaving such a wonderful review of Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre. We're glad to hear you had such a wonderful time and we look forward to welcoming you back again. Many thanks, Abbie

Reviewed 3 July 2018

This is a local haunt for me which I use often. There is parking; the cafe offers refreshments and information; walks are short and allow you to feed the ducks, geese and swans who love cornflakes.

Thank lorrainesidney57
Reviewed 12 June 2018

There are some really pleasant walks in this nature reserve. We visited at the weekend with our son who is a wheelchair user. unfortunately we found wheelchair access was very difficult. The paths in the main were fine but getting through the gates took a...More

Thank sheila g
Abbie O, Communications Assistant at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Hi sheila g, Thank you for your review of Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre. We're sorry to hear that you found it difficult to access the reserve. We have recently installed kissing gates in the reserve and they are radar key friendly. We...More

Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Lovely relaxing peaceful place to have a good walk and lots of lakes to visit. Fabulous birds to see and listen to. After the meadows coffee shop is a nice pit stop for a cold drink oh hot drink lovely fresh cakes served and the...More

Thank kendra197
Abbie O, Communications Assistant at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Hi kendra197, Thank you for leaving a review of Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and visit to the Meadows Coffee shop! We hope to welcome you back soon. Many thanks, Abbie

Reviewed 13 May 2018

Parking is available in front of the visitor centre. First I called in at the cafe where you can have a hot drink and maybe a cake. Due to inclement weather I was told that I could go upstairs to the conference room where I...More

Thank GSimps0n
Abbie O, Communications Assistant at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Hi GSimps0n, Thank you for your review of Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and found staff friendly and helpful. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Many thanks, Abbie

Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

we've been here quite a few times as a family on our bikes as it is all off road so great for getting out on our bikes all safe in the knowledge we won't need to cross busy roads once we get here. lovely on...More

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Kaz C
1 August 2017|
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Response from AbbieO38 | Property representative |
Hi Kaz C, yes, the site is run by a charity (Durham Wildlife Trust), there is no charge to park or to enter but you are encouraged to leave a donation in the visitor centre to help towards costs. Best wishes and hope you... More
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Alan B
30 March 2016|
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Response from stepot | Reviewed this property |
Yes dogs are welcome but owners are advised to keep them on a lead around the pond areas , dogs are also allowed in cafe area
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