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image for Visitor Centre item typeRSPB Ynys-hir Visitor Centre at RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

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Visitor Centre

RSPB Ynys-Hir

RSPB Ynys-Hir

Image Credit: Andy Hay

Details

The RSPB Ynys-Hir Visitor Centre is a cosy log cabin with a wood stove to warm yourself up by on colder days.
With views over the pools and at least 15 species of birds seen from the windows on the feeders you can easily spend time here. "Bird Friendly" shade grown fresh coffee is served and locally made cake available.

Throughout the year Wildlife Artists exhibit in the centre and there is an Autumn Craft Fair of local wares. Binoculars and wildlife guide sheets are availble to hire as well as activities for families and children. Hire a pond dipping kit to see what lives in the pools or follow the brass rubbings trail. Friendly staff always on hand to help and answer any queries.

The RSPB Ynys-Hir nature reserve is wildlife haven in the heart of Mid Wales. Located within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, Ynys-hir has miles of trails, 7 view hides and has been awarded Ramsar, Natura 2000 and SSSI status.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

7 viewing hides. 3 different trail routes. Toilets, Visitor centre with light refreshments and exhibitions. Picnic areas. Binoculars to hire, family activity packs to hire.

Opening Details

Open all the time

The visitor centre is open daily 10am - 4pm from November to March and 9am - 5pm from April to October.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 12 Oct - Sun 17 Nov Autumn Craft Fair
Thu 31 Oct Twilight Trail
Sun 17 Nov 4x4 Safaris
Sun 1 Dec Willow Basket Workshop
Sat 7 - Sun 8 Dec Optics Weekend
Sat 7 Dec Wreath Walk and Making

Address

RSPB Ynys-hir Reserve,
Eglyws-fach,
Machynlleth,
POwys,
SY20 8TA

Location

Directions

Plan route to RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 682958  Lat: 52.54672 Long: -3.94516

By bicycle: (Sustrans cycle route) Route 8.
By train: The nearest train station is Machynlleth (6 miles). Proceed by bus or taxi to the reserve from there. If you are coming by bike, it is possible to get a train to Dyfi Junction and cycle the 2 miles to the reserve.
By bus: There is a regular bus service between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth that stops in Eglwys-fach (Service X28).
By road: The reserve is situated between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth. Turn off the A487 in the village of Eglwys-fach and proceed for one mile to the car park.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Dovey Junction station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

7 viewing hides. 3 different trail routes. Toilets, Visitor centre with light refreshments and exhibitions. Picnic areas. Binoculars to hire, family activity packs to hire.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 3
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children