Visitor FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions by visitors to Stanwick Lakes. If you are unable to find an answer to your question, please contact us on (01933) 625522 or email us via

When is Stanwick Lakes open?

Visitor Opening times

Please see the table below for the current opening times.

Date Site opening Times Visitor Centre Opening Times
January – March 7am – 5pm 10am – 4pm
April to September 7am – 7pm 10am – 5pm
October – December 7am – 5pm 10am – 4pm



Do I have to pay to get in to Stanwick Lakes?

Admission is charged for through a variable car parking charges. The site is free to those who walk or cycle in. Please see Car Park Charges for our charges.

There is limited parking for coaches for which there is a charge of £30 per coach. (Please note that anything larger than an 18 seater is classed as a coach.) This is effectively an admission charge for use of the facilities, and it applies whether large groups are dropped off or the coach stays on site. Please contact the Rangers (01933 625522) in advance to book a coach parking space.

Do you have to pay for any other activities?

All other facilities on site are free. These include the adventure play area, assault course, adventure trail, bird hide and walking and cycle paths. Cycle hire is offered at various times throughout the year, for which there is a charge.

Can I walk my dog at Stanwick Lakes?

Dogs on leads are welcome at Stanwick Lakes. It is possible to let your dog off the lead as you head north out of the site along the former railway line. Dogs are not allowed in the adventure play area or inside the visitor centre, although they are welcome on the decking overlooking the lake.

Can I fish at Stanwick Lakes?

Fishing is not permitted at Stanwick Lakes, however, it is possible just down the road at Stanwick Lakes Fisheries. The Fisheries have their own separate entrance off the A45. For further information telephone Phil Dunn on 07974 300015,

Am I able to have a barbecue at Stanwick Lakes?

An area just behind the adventure playground has been set aside as a dedicated area for barbecuing on our purpose-built brick BBQ stands. Bring along a disposable BBQ or your own portable BBQ, utensils and everything else required for an alfresco meal. 

Before leaving the area, please ensure that you put out the embers using the water provided and dispose of the BBQ in the bin. We kindly ask that you take your rubbish home with you!

This is the only part of the site where barbecues are permitted as the majority of Stanwick Lakes is a nature reserve.

Are there any outdoor toilets?

Outdoor toilets are situated behind the kiosk / coach parking bays. There are toilets in the visitor centre during opening hours.