Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

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Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Stour Valley Nature Reserve - the perfect day out for all the family. Discover the stunning riverside and encounter otters in the early morning, or the blue flash of Kingfishers during the day at this hidden gem in Muscliff, North Bournemouth. Breathe in the fresh air, enjoy being outside and walk, run or cycle along the riverside paths.

In the Visitor Centre itself, you can learn all about the Stour Valley Nature Reserve, its smuggling past, the flora and fauna and wildlife in the 'A-Z exhibition' or ask our friendly Rangers for a nature trail or walk leaflet before you head off to explore - what wildlife will you see on your journey this time?

Refuel after your walk with some tea and cake from 'Kingfisher Cafe' in our tranquil wildlife garden setting (Kingfisher Cafe is operated by the Bournemouth Parks Foundation, with profits going towards projects along the Stour Valley).

Join us for an event or two throughout the year: there is plenty happening for all ages, from pond-dipping and nature tots to crafts, music and our famous 'Cream tea Festival'. All the information can be found on our website.

The Visitor Centre is next to the car park at Granby Road (the postcode is BH9 3NZ).

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Venue/Contact Details
Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre
Granby Road
Area coverage
Pan Dorset
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  • Toilet Available
  • Drop off / Collection point
  • Car Parking
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Our core opening hours are 10:00am - 4:00pm. But we stay opening longer in the school holidays, or if an event is happening.
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • School Holiday Only
  • School Term Only
Admission is free.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
Booking Information:
Booking is not required