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Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

#8 of 64 things to do in Colchester Features Animals
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre Church Road | Layer de la Haye, Colchester, Colchester CO2 0EU, England
+44 1206 738172
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Lunch stop

Popped in here out of desperation when passing and in need of lunch. Suffice to say I wish we could... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Matthew R
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Excellent wildlife centre

Interesting and educational. Good place to have a drink and look over the reservoir. Very good... read more

Reviewed yesterday
justine_peckston
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre Church Road | Layer de la Haye, Colchester, Colchester CO2 0EU, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Popped in here out of desperation when passing and in need of lunch. Suffice to say I wish we could have stayed longer as the staff are fantastic and the food is lovely. Will be visiting again next time we are passing

Thank Matthew R
Reviewed yesterday

Interesting and educational. Good place to have a drink and look over the reservoir. Very good place to walk.

Thank justine_peckston
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely place for all the family to get close to nature and spot birds of all species on this massive expanse of water. Great place to eat and nice park for the kids and" hides" to observe the birds. In years, that are...More

Thank Chez J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here a few times and it's lovely to take the kids for a walk around, the cafe is adequate and, the coffee, personally was one of the best I have had! Treated myself to a slice of cake which was equally as...More

Thank Staccato_UK
Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Dear Staccato_UK Thank you for your review about Abberton. I will pass your comments on to my catering staff and their volunteers as it is always nice to hear what our customers think of our Skylark tearoom. We hope you will come back for more...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whether you are bird or nature lovers this venue has been constructed with the environment as its prime concern. Good sizes car park. Food and drinks available in the friendly cafe overlooking the reservoir, there is a small open air viewing platform for all to...More

Thank Terry C
Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Dear Terry C Thank you for taking time to review Abberton; it is really nice to hear what you think of the site and I shall pass this on to my team of staff and volunteers. We hope you come and visit us again soon....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visitors centre at Abberton reservoir is a gateway to the nature reserve with great views, areas for kids to play, picnic areas and several bird hides with chances to see some rare waders. The centre itself has a shop that sells wild life related...More

Thank Barry A
Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Dear Barry A Thank you for your review; lovely to hear what you think of Abberton. Lots of work by staff and volunteers has gone into the site to try and provide something for everyone and it's nice to hear that you think this has...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice place to go and chill, plety of nice walks and lots to se on the resevoir if the sailing club is open.

Thank les s
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Visited the busy cafe. The volunteers were cleaning as they went which was good to see. The drinks we ok, though I'm not quite sure why my lattes are topped up with water. One of the volunteers who served me wasn't very friendly and when...More

Thank Coffeeshoplover141
Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Dear Mattessex79 Thank you for taking time to review your visit. I'm sorry to hear that you and your friend both didn't feel that the volunteer who served you was friendly. As an organisation and a charity we do rely heavily on volunteers, however we...More

Reviewed 1 April 2017

Clean and nicely organised, with a predictable range of sandwiches, coffees and soup. The volunteer staff are helpful.More

Thank Wordwormer
Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Dear Wordwormer Thank you for your review, our tearoom does have a simple but tasty menu. Lots of the food including the soups and some of the cakes are made on site. Other items including the pasties, sausage rolls, bread, potatoes and bacon are all...More

Reviewed 26 March 2017

Nice find while visiting the surrounding area. Spent a short time there and will try and make another trip there with my binoculars this time.More

Thank Wolfverines
Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Dear Wolfverines Thank you for your review and we hope that you will return to see us in the near future with your binoculars. There are lovely walks of various lengths on site and three bird hides that over look the reservoir on the nature...More

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imdpriyaa
Hello n good morning! I would like to visit this lovely place but I wanted to know if you have enough parking space, just cuz I Have recently passed the test and I want to come there driving myself with the family. Thank you
6 April 2017|
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Response from Jo W | Property representative |
Dear imdpriyaa Thank you for contacting us. We have a large car park, so plenty of space for our visitors. We don't charge for parking either, but do ask for a donation when you enter the visitor centre to help us maintain... More
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jimpar
Is there a circular walk around the reservoir
22 March 2017|
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Response from Jo W | Property representative |
Dear Jimpar Thank you for your question. There are a series of permissive footpaths and bridleways around the reservoir, however there isn't a full circuit that you can do as there is no footpath from Peldon to Great... More
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kirstystubbs2017
Hi There, We are looking to visit this week and go on one f your dog friendly walks. I was just wondering if we can visit the cafe with our furry friend or is that part of the visitors centre where dogs are not allowed? Thank you :)
20 March 2017|
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Response from Jo W | Property representative |
I'm afraid that dogs are not allowed in the visitor centre. We can do take aways for you.
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