Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre

The view of the front of Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre

Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre

Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre is set within 74 hectares of woodland, wetland and grassland habitats, all of which are linked through an excellent network of accessible pathways and viewing areas. The centre has a WildPlay area for children and is home to the Meadows Coffee Shop, a homely café which serves light lunches as well as delicious home baked treats. Also Durham Wildlife Trust Head Quarters, Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre has a dedicated classroom for indoor events and an outdoor forest school space. Visitors are able to purchase Wildlife Trust gifts and locally sourced products from the Meadows Coffee Shop.

Planning your visit

The Nature Reserve is open 7 days a week, including bank holidays. Christmas opening hours are published in December.

Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Chilton Moor
Houghton-le-Spring
Tyne & Wear
DH4 6PU

0191 584 3112
Access: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Coffee Shop: 10 am – 4 pm
WildPlay: 10 am – 4 pm

We’re dog friendly! Well behaved humans & dogs are welcome inside our Visitor Centre and Coffee Shop.

Access to Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre is free but non-members are asked to make a donation for car parking.

For details about hiring Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre for your event, please visit our Room Hire section.

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