Visitor Centres

Exterior of Low Barns Visitor Centre

Low Barns visitor centre. (c) Laura Beasley

Visitor Centres

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax in some peace and quiet alongside beautiful scenery and an array of wonderful wildlife.

Covid Update

Site car park barriers at Rainton Meadows and Low Barns are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day.       The coffee shops at Low Barns and Rainton Meadows are operating a daily takeaway service from 10am-4pm and the toilets at both centres are now open.  WildPlay at Rainton Meadows is also now open.

As ever, the Trust appreciates your continued support, without which we could not continue our vital work in protecting and conserving wildlife from Tees to Tyne. If you need to get in touch, you can still contact us on 0191 5843112 or mail@durhamwt.co.uk

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We have two visitor centres, one located at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve near Houghton-le-Spring and one located at Low Barns Nature Reserve near Witton-le-Wear. They are the ideal places to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax in some peace and quiet alongside beautiful scenery and an array of wonderful wildlife.

Entry is free and we are delighted that we are able to provide thousands of people with unique wildlife experiences each year at our centres. 

As bases for our conservation and education work, the centres at Low Barns and Rainton Meadows are hives of activity. To find out What’s On at each Visitor Centre head over to our Events Page. Scroll down to find out more about our two centres.

Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre

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Low Barns Visitor Centre

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Low Barns visitor centre. (c) Laura Beasley

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