College Lake Visitor Centre

College Lake Visitor Centre

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

Please note: It is with regret that due to guidance provided from DEFRA and the current Covid-19 restrictions, we have CLOSED College Lake nature reserve and car park until further notice. We look forward to welcoming our visitors back soon.

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

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is with regret that College Lake is currently CLOSED until further notice. This includes the car park, nature reserve and cafe. 

Day of the week

Reserve and car park Café (takeaway only)
Mon CLOSED CLOSED
Tue CLOSED CLOSED
Wed CLOSED CLOSED
Thur CLOSED CLOSED
Fri CLOSED CLOSED
Sat CLOSED CLOSED
Sun CLOSED CLOSED

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

Access

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

*these are currently unavailable as part of our measures to contain the spread of Covid-19. We will update this page when they are available again.

Walking information

Gentle slopes, some surfaced paths, gates, benches

Dogs

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 collegelake@bbowt.org.uk

 

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