Visitor Centre and Coffee Shop Opening Times
Tuesday – Sunday from 10am until 4pm, from 30th July to 2nd November the centre will be open 7 days a week (closed over the Christmas period – please phone to confirm when) Telephone 01656 724100 E-mail: Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre
The 300 acre Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve with its Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre has something for everyone. As this is a nature reserve we ask that all dog walkers keep their dogs on a lead at all times.
A variety of different habitat types supporting many different species for wildlife enthusiast, a safe area for families to discover and enjoy nature, well -maintained traffic-free cycle tracks, including a 4km stretch of Sustrans National Cycle Route 4 for cyclists and over 10km of tracks for dog walking, with water and free dog waste bags available at in the car park and at the Visitor Centre.
There are accessible paths on the Nature Reserve for wheelchairs, walking sticks and for those with sight problems. The Centre and Coffee Shop are fully accessible.
We have a number of wildlife events and activities taking place from the centre, including weekly Reptile Rambles. Visit the website pages for the full events list.
The Coffee Shop is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am until 4pm. From 30th July to 2nd November the visitor centre will be open 7 days a week, 10am until 4pm. Come and join us for a walk and follow it up with coffee and cake, watching the birds from the comfort of an armchair!
Our Coffee Shop is developing its range of food, come along and try some gorgeous homemade soups, there are many vegetarian and vegan options as well as more traditional meat options. And of course there is always cake.
If you are thinking of taking your dog along with you to a nature reserve, please read and conform to our guidelines for dog walking on nature reserves. This will help us to keep the nature reserves a safe place for wildlife and people.
The Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre
- FREE car park
- FREE entry
- Coffee Shop serving sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks
- Male, female and accessible toilets
- Discovery Room with exhibitions, videos, nature table and more. This room is available for hire, please contact us for details on 01656 726987.
- An events programme, with activities including wildlife surveys and guided walks, is running from the Visitor Centre.
- Friendly Parc Slip Ambassadors, who can answer any questions you have about the reserve.
From Junction 36 of the M4, at the roundabout take the exit onto the A4063 towards Maesteg. Go through two sets of traffic lights, then at the roundabout, take the second exit onto the B4281 (signposted Aberkenfig and Pyle), following the brown duck tourist sign for Parc Slip.
After approximately one mile, turn right at the Fountain Restaurant onto Fountain Road, still following the brown duck signs. Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre is on your left after approximately half a mile.
Please be aware that the satellite navigation systems may direct you onto New Road. The Visitor Centre is located on Fountain Road (signposted Fountain).
The nearest train station to Parc Slip Nature Reserve is Tondu. Leaving Tondu station, head down the road, past the Railway Club and join Bryn road, heading right.
At the cross roads, go right, under the bridge and past Lidl to the Methodist Church. Just past the church, on the left, take the pathway which leads into the woods.
Follow the path straight, going over a board walk, and past the picnic bench until you come out on Fountain Road, opposite the Wildlife Trust Visitor centre.
Latest News from Parc Slip
- In Memory of Margaret Perring 1933 – 2020 Margaret Perring (nee Barrow), who was a loyal member of the Wildlife Trust, sadly died at the beginning of April. Margaret was born in Maesteg on 14th May 1933 and was head girl at Maesteg Grammar School before going on to read Biology at Leeds University. Here she developed an interest in botany and after several ...
- New face at Parc Slip Visitor Centre! We are delighted to welcome Patrice McGhee to our Parc Slip Visitor Centre team! Patrice joined us in February as our new Catering and Visitor Centre Supervisor; we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Patrice and the Visitor Centre! Patrice had this to say: “I studied textile design at art school in Dundee, ...
- Winter Fun at the Welsh Wildlife Centre! Our Visitor Centre’s may be closed over the Christmas period, but get ready to bring in the New Year with home cooked hangover food and exciting wildlife activities! What’s your ultimate hangover cure? If an all day breakfast sounds just right, pop along to our Welsh Wildlife Centre Café in Cilgerran on New Years Day! Our Parc Slip ...
- Join Iolo Williams at Parc Slip! On Thursday 16 January 2020, renowned naturalist and TV personality, Iolo Williams, will be visiting Parc Slip to provide an informative talk about some of the sites featured in his new book, ‘Wild Places UK – UK’s Top 40 Nature Sites’, available from mid December. Iolo will also be signing copies of the new book and ...
- Exciting plans for Parc Slip! Parc Slip Nature Reserve was recently named a Discovery Gateway Site for the Valleys Regional Park Project. As a Gateway Site, Parc Slip will be one of the places where you can first discover the cultural, industrial and environmental heritage of the valleys. This exciting project provides funding to make some positive changes to the reserve ...
- Discovery Gateway Funding for Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre We are delighted to announce that a grant of £400,000 has been awarded to make improvements to Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre from the Welsh Government, Valleys Regional Park Discovery Gateways initiative. This significant sum of money will allow The Wildlife Trust to invest in exciting projects which not only support the vital conservation ...