College Lake Visitor Centre
An outstanding centre for wildlife that delights and informs wildlife watchers of all ages
Please note: College Lake visitor centre is now open Wed-Sun from 10am-5pm. The cafe is open 10am-4pm. Last entry 4pm. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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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Day of the week
|Reserve and car park||Café (takeaway only)|
|Wed||10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)||10am-4pm|
|Thur||10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)||10am-4pm|
|Fri||10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)||10am-4pm|
|Sat||10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)||10am-4pm|
|Sun||10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)||10am-4pm|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com
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.