“The World, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Romney Marsh.”

Romney Marsh Visitor Centre

 The Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, located just north of New Romney, houses fascinating displays depicting the region’s natural and social history, providing opportunities for visitors and locals to discover explore and learn about the Romney Marsh’s landscape and heritage.

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Map of Romney Marsh Visitor Centre

Enjoy refreshments served in the café, chat with our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers and visit the gift shop where you can find local crafts, cards, wildlife information and maps of the area.

The Visitor Centre building itself is an award winning eco-friendly building with many interesting and sustainable features.

Take a gentle stroll around the grounds and gardens, along the boardwalk taking you over the seasonal ponds to views across the Romney Marsh.

On the site is a reconstructed Lookers Hut, a traditional building used by Lookers and Shepherds in the 18th and 19th Century, this is now the only publicly accessible hut on the Marsh.

Romney Marsh Visitor Centre 
Romney Marsh Visitor Centre

Facilities

  • Local Information
  • Nature Trail
  • Bird watching hide
  • Heritage and cultural exhibitions
  • Wildlife and conservation information
  • Art Gallery
  • Learning opportunities for all
  • Activities for children
  • Ability to host group and school visits
     

 

  • ​Gift shop
  • Local crafts
  • Plants and garden produce
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets – including disabled
  • Parking
  • Coach parking
  • Disabled access to the  Visitor Centre building
  • Community Garden
  • Special events
     
 

Small Tortoiseshells Butterflies in the Centre garden
Small Tortoiseshells Butterflies in the Centre garden

Special activities for children are held regularly. These include pond dipping, bug roadshows, fun things to make, finding out about seeds etc. There is normally a small charge for these activities. 

In the Country Park there are three walking trails - Dragonfly, Rabbit and Sheep - which start from the Visitor Centre. The Dragonfly Trail is fully accessible for all users including wheelchairs. The Rabbit Trail is not suitable for wheelchairs because of the soft sandy soil. Sheep graze the reserve some times throughout the year

Dogs are welcome but please keep them on a lead and clean up after them.

How to Find Us

The Romney Marsh Visitor Centre is located to just north of New Romney on the A259 Dymchurch Road. Map Icon Location map.

It is within easy walking and cycling distance of New Romney and St Mary's Bay and a regular bus service stops outside. There is a railway halt on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway which is open on special occasions and events at the centre. There is a car park at the Visitor Centre with parking for coaches.

Our address is:

Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, Dymchurch Road, Romney Marsh, Kent TN28 8AY


BIrds Feeding
Feeding Time at the Centre

Opening Hours

The Visitor Centre is open April to October every day of the week Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm, including Spring and Summer Bank Holidays.

From November to March, the Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm, closed Monday and Tuesday.

The Romney Warren Country Park, managed by the Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership, opens daily through the summer season; Dawn to Dusk (car park just north of the Visitor Centre)

 

Inside the Visitor Centre
Inside the Visitor Centre

Further Information

For further information about the Visitor Centre please see their Guide, or, contact the Visitor Centre manager Liz Grant:

Telephone Icon 01797 369487 or 07876 591900 or  Email Icon email

Marsh Community Garden

Discover the community garden, a centre of excellence for organic and permaculture gardening, the garden holds a gold award for wildlife gardening, demonstrating how to create balance and harmony between production and conservation. Demonstrations and courses are held throughout the year for both the beginner and experienced gardeners.

Seasonal organic produce, plants, preserves and herbs from the community garden on sale.

For further information please contact the Project Officer Catherine Farr:

telephone icon 07714 560422 or email icon email


Inside the Visitor Centre
Inside the Visitor Centre

Home to the Art Shack

The Art Shack is set within the grounds of the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre and is surrounded by the rural beauty and tranqility of the gardens.

The Art Shack has regular exhibitions of local artist and photographers work that depict the seasons and vistas of the amazing beauty of the Romney Marsh.

For further information about the Art Shack please contact the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre (see above) or visit The Art Shack page.
 

The Art Shack

Lookers Hut

The Lookers Hut was the domain of the Looker or shepherd who used the hut as temporary accommodation while tending the flocks, a store for his tools and medicines,and an operational base for his shepherding work.

You can see a faithfully reconstructed Lookers Hut at the centre. Based on the remains of a hut at Cutters Bridge, Midley this hut was built at the Romney Warren Country Park and is the only publicly accessible hut on Romney Marsh.

The Lookers Hut were plain, small and of simple design and construction, with very little in the way of domestic comforts, yet they were an important part of working life on the Marsh.

At their peak the huts probably numbered in the hundreds. Today less than 20 buildings remain standing, with a further three in ruinous condition. 
Find out more on our Lookers' Hut page
 

 

Reconstructed Lookers Hut
Reconstructed Lookers Hut

Volunteers 

Do you enjoy meeting people?  Can you serve in the shop and cafe?  Are you happy to give visitors information about Romney Marsh?  If you feel this would suit you then then you could become a volunteer at the Visitor Centre.  Find out more

Would you rather work in the open air?  Then you could become a volunteer helping outside with pratical tasks.  Find out more

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