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Attenborough Nature Centre

Attenborough Nature Centre


Attenborough Nature Centre is an award winning Visitor and Education facility surrounded by the tranquil waters of the beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve, owned and managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

Situated just four miles west of the centre of Nottingham, this eco-friendly visitor attraction provides unique and accessible facilities to watch wildlife.




Opening Times

Weekdays 9am – 5pm
Weekends and Bank Holidays 9am – 6pm
Lunch served 12 – 3pm approx.
Times subject to change
Access to the Reserve, 7am-dusk
Parking £1.50 donation

Please note the Centre will close at 4pm on 1st – 5th September 2014 for maintenance

Assistance Dogs Only in the Nature Centre


Plan your visit by any mode of transport with transportdirect.info.



The Centre and reserve are easily accessible on foot and by bicycle. Many visitors choose to arrive along the excellent riverside paths and then up Barton Lane. Cycling is permitted on the riverside paths but not on all paths on the reserve. The reserve can be accessed from Trent Valley Greenways.

Find out more about the traffic-free pathways and download the Big Track Map for ten miles of walking and cycling in Notinghamshire

By Bus

From Nottingham and Derby

Trent Barton ‘INDIGO’ Bus Service between Nottingham Broadmarsh and Derby Bus Station runs regularly every day (approximately every 10 minutes). The bus stop for Attenborough is Chilwell Retail Park / West Point Shopping Centre. Attenborough is approximately a 30 minute bus ride from both Nottingham and Derby. Once off the bus walk down Barton Lane (approximately 500m) with The Village Hotel on your left and Halfords on your right.Trent Barton Bus website

By Train

Attenborough Train Station is 5 minutes walk from the reserve and a further 10 minute walk from the Nature Centre.
Visit National Rail Enquiries for further details.

To get to Attenborough Nature Centre from the train station: Come out of the station turn left towards Attenborough Village. Just after the road bends to the right turn right on to Church Lane. Carry straight on to the driveway of the Church where it says public footpath. Carry on into the Nature Reserve and follow the gravel path until you reach the car park and the Nature Centre is straight ahead.

By Car

The Nature Centre and reserve are situated just off the A6005 (post code NG9 6DY) between Beeston and Long Eaton. Turn onto Barton Lane at the traffic lights at Chilwell Retail Park (Mcdonalds and Porcelanosa). Follow Barton Lane with the Village Hotel on your left, over the railway crossing and the car park is at the bottom.


From the M1, junction 25, take the A52 towards Nottingham. At the first roundabout (Bardill’s Garden Centre) take the right hand lane onto the A6003 towards Long Eaton and you will pick up brown tourist signs from the bottom of Stapleford Lane. At the first set of traffic lights on Stapleford Lane turn left past Tesco and Chetwynd Barracks. At the next roundabout turn right and get into the right hand lane and go straight on at the traffic lights. Follow Barton Lane with the Village Hotel on your left, go over the railway crossing and the car park is at the bottom..


Visit Nottingham Travelwise for Public Transport and Road information in Nottinghamshire

Distance by Road

Nottingham City Centre – 6 miles
M1 Junction 25 – 3.5 miles
Ilkeston – 7 miles
Derby – 11 miles
Loughborough – 16 miles
Melton Mowbray – 23 miles
Newark – 28 miles
Leicester – 30 miles
Grantham – 32 miles
Lincoln – 47 miles

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