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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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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Opening times

We are now operating on autumn and winter opening times (Monday 28 October - Sunday 16 February)

Autumn and winter opening times 

Day of the week

Reserve and car park Café
Mon 9am-4pm (last admission 3pm) 9.30am-3pm
Tue 9am-4pm (last admission 3pm) 9.30am-3pm
Wed 9am-4pm (last admission 3pm) 9.30am-3pm
Thur 9am-4pm (last admission 3pm) 9.30am-3pm
Fri 9am-4pm (last admission 3pm) 9.30am-3pm
Sat (last admission 3pm) 9.30am-3pm
Sun (last admission 3pm) 9.30am-3pm

Admission to the centre is free. We ask for a donation of £3 for parking. Charges apply for special events (please see our Events page for more information)

Christmas and New Year 2019-20 Opening Hours


Reserve and car park


Mon 23 Dec

9.30am – 2pm (last admission 1pm)

9.30am – 1pm

Tue 24 Dec (Christmas Eve)



Wed 25 Dec (Christmas Day)



Thu 26 Dec (Boxing Day)



Fri 27 Dec



Sat 28 Dec



Sun 29 Dec



Mon 30 Dec



Tue 31 Dec (New Year’s Eve)



Wed 1 Jan (New Year’s Day)

9.30 am – 4pm (last admission 3pm)

9.30am – 3pm

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

Dog walking at Tringford Reservoir
Wild walk

Tring reservoirs Wild Walk

A longer walk exploring the Grand Union Canal and 3 reservoirs

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