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.
- 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
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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Autumn and winter opening times (29 Oct 2018-12 Feb 2019)
Reserve and car park: 9.30am-4pm. Last admission: 3pm (1 hour before closing)
Cafe: Mon-Sun 10am-3pm
Spring and summer opening times (13 Feb 2018-28 Oct 2018)
Reserve and car park: 9.30am-5pm. Last admission: 4pm (1 hour before closing)
Cafe: Mon-Sun 10am-4pm
Christmas opening times
- Monday 24 December- Friday 28 December: Closed
- Saturday 29 December: Reserve, car park and cafe open with normal Autumn and winter opening times (see above)
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)
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 email@example.com to book.
Gentle slopes, some surfaced paths, gates, benches
Assistance dogs only please.
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.
We welcome groups, but ask that you let us know about your visit by contacting us on 01442 826774 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What's on at College Lake
More ways to get involved
Hire a space at one of our visitor centres or nature reserves, join a wildlife club, or plan a group visit.