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RSPB St. Aidan's

Visitor Centre

Astley Lane, Great Preston, West Yorkshire, LS26 8AL

Tel: 0113 2320529

RSPB St. Aidan's


A stunning nature park located just 7 miles from busy Leeds, RSPB St Aidan's is a hidden gem. With a vibrant history as an open-cast coal mine, it's been the heart of the local community for years and is now a fantastic haven for wildlife and visitors alike.


This multi-purpose site offers a chance to explore a mix of habitats on foot, by bike or even on horseback. With regular led events and walks to help you get away from it all, RSPB St Aidan's is the ideal place for adults and children to find out more about wildlife.


Try out our bug hunting backpacks to see what creepy crawlies call St. Aidan's home, have a go at our fun quiz trails or enjoy a leisurely stroll along any of our 12km of footpath. Either way St Aidan's is a great place for the family to get together and get outdoors!

Grab and Go food offer, not a Café. 

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Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year

* Closed Christmas Day.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£4.00 per adult

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



  • 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

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Grounds for outdoor activities


  • Free Parking
  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Road Directions

Leave the M1 at junction 46 towards Garforth and follow the Selby road/A63. Turn right at the roundabout onto A642, turn left after 1.4 miles onto Astley Lane and the reserve is on the right after 1.5 miles, 

Public Transport Directions

The nearest railway station is Woodlesford (3 miles by road) or Garforth (4 miles by road).


By bus the site is easily acessible on the number 167 between Leeds and Castleford. Stop in Allerton Bywater at Bowers Row (stop number 45010157), 0.2 miles from the visitor centre.  

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