Elmley National Nature Reserve

COVID-19 Update

The Reserve will re-open for pre-booked day visits on 6th July. Online bookings are open now. 

Elmley is a huge National Nature Reserve, where peaceful meadows and waterways are dominated by vast, soul-stirring skies.

The Reserve, on a family-run farm, is renowned for wildlife and new Shepherds Hut accommodation.  At Elmley you are likely to see water birds wading in the ponds, magnificent birds of prey soaring above, hares bounding across the meadows, as well as a butterflies, dragonflies and bees exploring the waterways and wildflowers.  If you’re lucky you might spot a watervole hiding among the reeds or a grass-snake basking by the ponds. 

Elmley is also crammed full of heritage and history: Discover the house where King James II was imprisoned in 1688, the remains of a Victorian village and the marshes that inspired Dickens’ Great Expectations.

The Reserve is a popular spot for photographer owing to its mesmerising landscapes, special quality of light and abundance of wildlife.  Adult workshops and hire of photography hides are also available.

The Reserve is a renowned wildlife spot with the highest concentration of breeding waders such as lapwing, redshank, avocet, oyster catcher in lowland UK  attracting wildlife enthusiasts, birdwatchers  and photographers from throughout the UK.

The traditional Kentish barn is available for hire for weddings and events.

Escape to Elmley, only one hour from London, and enjoy walking, bird watching, photography or simply relaxing in the magnificent scenery. 

For more information on Elmley please contact:

Georgina Fulton:  07582 414 585 or georgina@elmleynaturereserve.co.uk

Or visit www.elmleynaturereserve.co.uk

Photo Credits: Robert Canis and John Whitting

Opening Times

Elmley will re-open on 6th July for pre-booked visitors:


Pre-booked Visits - booking system is available for tickets on Monday's, Wednesday's and Sunday's in July.


Kingshill Farm, Elmley
ME12 3RW

Entry Price

Half day (9am - 1pm or 1pm -5pm) £6 per person

Full Day (9am to 5pm) £11 per person

All monies are administered by the Elmley Nature Reserve Community Interest Company and are 100% spent on maintaining and improving visitor facilities, information and conservation work.

Unfortunately we can not provide concessionary discounts.

Each adult tickets permits entry for up to two accompanying children free of charge.

School and community visits are welcome free of charge but must pre-book visits info@elmleynaturereserve.co.uk