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Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

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can be improved but lovely place to visit!

Lovely place to visit, however I think it need modernised as others places in UK offering same... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mirilore29
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Beautiful, friendly, clean

We had a wonderful time on 11/10/2018 looking for egrets. The volunteers and staff were absolutely... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Visitors can enjoy walks on Essex Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve; with stunning panoramic views across the reservoir and surrounding villages as well as superb views of the water’s edge from three bird hides. The nature reserve has a 900m...more
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Abberton Reservoir Wildfowl & Visitor Centre Church Road | Layer de la Haye, Colchester, Colchester CO2 0EU, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely place to visit, however I think it need modernised as others places in UK offering same attraction.

Thank Mirilore29
Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Mirilore29 Thank you for taking time to review your visit to Abberton, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. Kind regards Jo Wray Site Manager

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time on 11/10/2018 looking for egrets. The volunteers and staff were absolutely lovely and the food was great too when we had lunch. Highly recommend visiting for both people who are really into nature or those who are just starting to...More

Thank Rachael S
Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Rachael S Thank you for taking time to review your visit to Abberton. Lovely to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that you managed to see the egrets that you were looking for. We hope that you'll come back and see us again...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a very enjoyable visit here with a knowledgeable guide. The centre has a cafe with wonderful views across the reserve. There are activities for children with a play area. A lovely peaceful place which I would recommend visiting. The parking is free and you...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

We enjoy visiting the bird viewing hides to watch the birds and sitting in the restaurant enjoying the birds on the feeders . The reservoir was expanded a few years ago and it is gradually getting back to a nice place to visit as the...More

Thank nestcottage
Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Dear nestcottage Thank you for taking time to reviewing your visits to Abberton. The site is certainly developing since the enhancement work and like you say the woodland on the reserve is establishing nicely, attracting lots of wildlife. We look forward to seeing you back...More

Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

We regularly visit Abberton Reservoir in the day to spot birds, admire the views and use the lovely cafe and the playground. We have also had a great time at the Jazz at Abberton, Stargazing, and the Star-dome events. Last night at the star-dome event...More

Thank Emily L
Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Dear Emily L Thank you for taking time to review your trips to Abberton. Lovely to hear that you have enjoyed several of our events that we offer here, but also that you and your family enjoy the site and its wildlife. We hope to...More

Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

We visit here regularly with our two young children. For us it is ideal to spend a couple of hours playing on the park or walking around and then a cup of tea in the cafe. Used by people who enjoy bird watching and we...More

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Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

Dear MrReam1959 Thank you for taking time to review your visit and lovely to hear that you and your family enjoy visiting us here. We look forward to welcoming you all back in the near future. Regards Jo Wray Site Manager

Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

We visited today for lunch with my daughter 12, my mother 60 and my grandmother 88. Accessibility is good as all on one level. The staff were friendly and the service swift. This is not a fancy restaurant but a great cafe offering home made...More

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Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

Dear LanithLoves_ Thank you for taking time to leave a review about your visit. I will pass on your comments to the team and we hope to see you again very soon and that you will enjoy the reserve as much. Regards Jo Wray Site...More

Reviewed 11 September 2018

Has a lovely cafe serving light lunches and all the usual rolls, cakes drinks etc. Beautiful view over the reservoir from the cafe.

Thank James P
Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

Dear James P Thank you for taking time to review your visit to Abberton; lovely to hear that you enjoyed our tearoom and the views. We hope to see you again soon. Regards Jo Wray

Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

The whole of the area has been revamped larger water area , moved some of the hides to see birds and the bridge to the far side . The visitors centre is kited out for schools, youth clubs or families to teach the young on...More

Thank Oakweld
Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Dear Oakweld Thank you for taking time to review Abberton Reservoir. Owners of the reservoir, Essex & Suffolk Water, have certainly put a lot of thought and effort in to the new enhanced reservoir, which now boasts lots of muddy margins for waders and dabbling...More

Reviewed 27 August 2018

Visited with three of my grandchildren who loved the play area and the shop but were not really interested in bird watching. It has a small cafe which does cakes and drinks and ice creams but not much else. Great place to spend an hour...More

Thank Anthony H
Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Dear Anthony H Thank you for taking time to review your recent visit to Abberton and lovely to hear that your Grandchildren enjoyed our play area. Maybe when they are a little older they will enjoy walking around the nature reserve or on the permissive...More

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Kerry T
9 April 2018|
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Response from Jo W | Property representative |
Dear Kerry T Thank you for your enquiry. There are a series of permissive footpaths around the reservoir where you can take dogs. Dogs are not however allowed in the visitor centre or on the nature reserve. You are welcome... More
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Tommy D
13 March 2018|
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But on Google maps it sees as though there is a path all the way around?
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imdpriyaa
6 April 2017|
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Response from Jo W | Property representative |
Dear imdpriyaa Thank you for contacting us. We have a large car park, so plenty of space for our visitors. We don't charge for parking either, but do ask for a donation when you enter the visitor centre to help us maintain... More
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