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The Romney Marsh Visitor Centre and the The Romney Warren Country Park are just the places to start your exploration of Romney Marsh.

In the Visitor Centre you can enjoy displays about the history and wildlife of the Marsh and find out what to do and see, and then discover the landscape of the Marsh on three walking trails around the Country Park.

Opened in 2004, the centre has been designed using sustainable construction methods such as rendered straw bale walls and a living roof. The centre provides facilities for visitors to the Country Park including exhibitions, local information, a shop, toilets and refreshments.

In the Country Park there are three walking trails - Dragonfly, Rabbit and Sheep - which start from the Visitor Centre. The Dragonfly Trail is fully acessible 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.

Location

The Romney Marsh Visitor Centre is located to just north of New Romney on the A259 Dymchurch Road. [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.

Opening Hours

The Visitor Centre is open Friday, Saturday and Sundays 10am to 4pm:

The Romney Warren Country Park is open at all reasonable hours throughout the year.

Further Information

The Romney Warren Country Park was set up and is managed by a partnership of the Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership, the Kent Wildlife Trust and Shepway District Council.

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
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Marsh Community Garden

The Marsh Community Garden Project, started in 2011, is a four year programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund to establish a community garden at the Visitor Centre.

The Community Garden is open to all people whatever their background. We grow fresh produce and plants without the use of chemicals and with wildlife in mind. Home made preserves are made with our produce. We run free workshops and hold events.

The garden consists of three polytunnels, several raised beds and a refurbished hut consisting of a kitchen area, meeting room, wood burning stove and toilet, all with disabled access.

For further information, please contact the Project Officer, Catherine Farr, Telephone Icon 07714 560422 Email Icon email

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.

The Art Shack

The Visitor Centre is also home to The Art Shack, a venue for the many arts communities on Romney Marsh; a place where they can show, perform and demonstrate their art and skills.

There is always something to see at The Art Shack and the exhibitions change regularly. Exhibitions, Workshops, etc are held continually and are always open to the public. Exhibitions are free of charge to visit and it is usually free to book. 

The gallery is available for any artist working in any medium and it is also avaiable for small music recitals, poetry readings, film showings etc. The Art Shack particularly hope to engage young local artists who might otherwise find it difficult to find a suitable space.

For further information about the Art Shack, please the Visitor Centre manager Liz Grant  Telephone Icon 01797 369487 or 07876 591900 Email Icon email.

There are many highly talented artists on Romney Marsh with a huge range of techniques and skills. Each exhibition varies greatly, with many works of art for sale at a wide range of prices to suit all purses. For more information, please visit their website.
See also our The Arts on Romney Marsh page.

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Do you enjoy meeting people, can serve in the shop and café and are happy to give visitors information about Romney Marsh?
Then become a volunteer at the Visitor Centre.
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Romney Marsh Visitor Centre

Small Tortoiseshells Butterflies
Small Tortoiseshells Butterflies in the Centre garden

Visitor Centre
Just inside the centre 

Visitor Centre
 Inside the centre 

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in the reserve 

Reconstructed Lookers Hut
Reconstructed Lookers Hut 

Art Shack
The Art Shack


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