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Lackford Lakes

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Wander in a sanctuary of peace and quiet

We visited mid day so quite a few people walking and bir spotting as well still possible to find a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maidstone, United Kingdom
Loved this place

We were lucky enough to be staying just a couple of hundred yards from the Reserve so I was able to... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Andrew P
Preston, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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From iridescent kingfishers to swirling clouds of starlings, the landscape of lakes, reedbed, meadow and woodland makes Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Lackford Lakes a wildlife oasis, offering close-up encounters with nature all year round. The reserve...more
Lackford, Bury St Edmunds IP28 6HX, England
+44 1284 728706
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 January 2015

This is a fantastic place for bird and countryside lovers. The staff are very helpful and there is a good visitors centre for cups of tea and a cake etc; which is always a bonus. At different times of the day a wide variety of...More

3  Thank Jenifer R R
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 11 January 2016

Firstly, this is an absolutely fantastic place. Great walks, great hides. The reason for the average rating is that in some of the hides, especially the one overlooking where the king fisher regularly makes an appearance, as a new comer I felt very unwelcome. In...More

3  Thank Chris D
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All reviews suffolk wildlife trust bird watching nature reserve the double decker bird life cake species of birds great nature watch the wildlife frosty morning beautiful peaceful place reed beds nice coffee shop interesting wildlife an oasis of calm few hours circular walk
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited mid day so quite a few people walking and bir spotting as well still possible to find a quiet area to listen and look The smells and colours add to the pleasure in this wildlife paradise

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to be staying just a couple of hundred yards from the Reserve so I was able to get up early and go for a walk when hardly anybody else was there. The same was true of an evening walk. The Reserve...More

1  Thank Andrew P
Reviewed 5 October 2018

For our first visit here we went on a week day & found the hides to be very busy and at times a little noisy and views obstructed by extremely long camera lenses. Did not bring a packed lunch as read there was a visitor...More

1  Thank Robert T
Reviewed 18 September 2018

After a short drive down the track bear left and turn right into the large car park. There is an info board detailing the layout but its easy to find your way around. Lots to see and lots of paths to follow. It's worth spending...More

1  Thank Scott-KTM950
Reviewed 7 September 2018

This is a Suffolk Wildlife Trust Reserve near Bury St Edmunds which is well worth a visit a visit. In little more than an hour, I saw more than 30 bird species. The facilities are good, including the hides and visitor centre.

Thank Graham R
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Had a few hours to kill so decided to go to Lackford Lakes. A bit of a dull day had a nice walk along the Kingfisher trail and into the hide. Meet some nice friendly people had a chat and waited and waited not one...More

Thank Dave S
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We often visit the lakes after we have had lunch nearby. The paths are generally gravel with occasional tree roots in certain areas making it uncomfortable for wheelchairs. But most tracks are fine. Plenty of bird life with hides around lakes. Cafe for snacks and...More

Thank Eric A
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Located just a few miles out of Bury St Edmunds, Lackford Lakes is a lovely quiet place for a walk around the lakes, even if you're not a bird watcher. It can be a bit intimidating walking into the bird hives and seeing all the...More

Thank Balitraveller53
Reviewed 21 August 2018

It is a great place to walk round any time of year. There are good footpaths and bird hides for spotting wildlife on the lakes. The visitor centre is friendly and you can just sit there watching the birds on the feeders with your drink...More

Thank Ann T
Reviewed 18 August 2018

This is somewhere we'd driven passed many times, so finally decided to go and investigate. It's such a lovely environment to walk round, and to quietly watch the birds and wildlife. We lost ourselves here for 4 hours and it was a pleasure to do...More

Thank JulesandPaul2014
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18 August 2018|
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Response from pjbuso | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are and in the cafe
7 September 2017|
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Response from Ecosoul | Reviewed this property |
Yes early morning or late evening= but we missed the Kingfisher late morning and saw some beautiful Grebes at lunchtime so seems a good place at any time.