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RSPB Fairburn Ings

Visitor Centre

RSPB Fairburn Ings, Newton Lane, Castelford, West Yorkshire, WF10 2BH

Tel: 01977 628191

Birdwatching © Pete Carr


With pond dipping, regular led events and walks to help you get away from it all, RSPB Fairburn Ings is the ideal place for adults and children to find out more about wildlife.


Feed the greedy ducks at our duck feeding platform, have a go at our fun quiz trails or let off some steam in the children's playground. Either way Fairburn Ings is a great chance for the family to get together and get outdoors!

Sip your bird-friendly coffee from the balcony overlooking our wildlife garden or take a stroll along a variety of trails around the reserve, allowing you to immerse yourself in the wildlife that calls Fairburn Ings home. 

Grab and Go food offer, not a Café. Fairburn Ings also has a retail shop selling a range of bird food, optics and gift options.

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Opening Times

Open New Year
Open Christmas

* Closed Christmas Day.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£4.00 per adult

Entry is £4 per car and free to RSPB members and blue badge holders. A joint day ticket for RSPB Fairburn Ings and nearby RSPB St Aidan's is also available for £5.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Grounds for outdoor activities


  • Free Parking
  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Road Directions

The reserve is outside Castleford, just off the A1(M) at Junction 42. Take the A63 west and follow signs for Fairburn village on the A1246, then follow the brown signs for the RSPB.


From the M1, come off at junction 47. Take the A656 south towards Castleford. After 4 miles turn left onto Newton Lane; the visitor centre is 2 miles along the road on the right. 

Public Transport Directions

The nearest railway station is Castleford which is 3 miles away, but also accessible from Micklefield station which is 5.4 miles way. 

To visit us by bus the Numbers 163 and 166 run daily between Castleford and Leeds, stopping near Newton Lane/A656 crossroads- 2 miles from the reserve. 

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