College Lake Visitor Centre

College Lake Visitor Centre

An outstanding centre for wildlife that delights and informs wildlife watchers of all ages

Explore the interactive displays in our visitor centre and around the reserve. Enjoy delicious food and drinks in the café or take stroll around our beautiful lake. College Lake is one of the best places in Buckinghamshire for water birds and there’s something to see all year round.

Facilities include:

  • Café offering delicious hot and cold refreshments
  • Gift shop with a great range of wildlife themed gifts, toys and books
  • Bird hides
  • Interactive geology displays
  • Farming and wildlife exhibit
  • Picnic facilities
  • Toilets, disabled toilets and baby changing
  • Signposted walk routes and seasonal Wildlife Discovery Trail
Nature reserve

Discover College Lake's wildlife

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Education centre

Education Centre at College Lake

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Getting around

Reserve and trails map

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Virtual Bird hide

Wildlife webcam

Get a front row seat to one of the best inland birding sites in the UK - from the comfort of your home!

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Common snipe by drakuliren for AdobeStock

Where to find us

We are located 2 miles north of Tring, Buckinghamshire at:

College Lake, Upper Icknield Way, Bulbourne, Tring, Herts, HP23 5QG

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Join warden Leo Keedy on a short virtual tour of College Lake nature reserve and discover some of the site's highlights.

Opening times

Please note: From December 1 to February 8 the site will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Day of the week

Reserve and car park Café (takeaway only)
Mon Closed Closed
Tue Closed Closed
Wed 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm) 10am-3pm
Thur 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm) 10am-3pm
Fri 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm) 10am-3pm
Sat 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm) 10am-3pm
Sun 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm) 10am-3pm


Admission to the centre is free. We ask for a donation of £4 for parking. Charges apply for special events (please see our Events page for more information)

Get the most from your visit


Some wheelchair access, including hides; two mobility Tramper vehicles are avaliable to use - contact us on 01442 826774 or to book.

Walking information

Gentle slopes, some surfaced paths, gates, benches


Assistance dogs only please.

College Lake walk

Bikes and scooters

Help us look after the wildlife on this reserve by leaving scooters and bikes at home or locking them up on the racks provided. Enjoy stretching your legs on our reserve instead.

Group visits

We welcome groups, but ask that you let us know about your visit by contacting us on 01442 826774 or

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Wigeon by David Tipling/2020VISION

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