Opening Times:

St Aidan's is an open access site. Opening times apply to the visitor centre and car park. From March-October they're open from 9.30 am to 5 pm. From September-February it's 9.30 am to 4 pm. They're closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


Entry to the site is free but donations to help us continue our work are welcome.

Contact Details:

St Aidan's, LS26 8AL

01977 628191

RSPB St Aidan’s

  • Accepts groups
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Disabled toilets
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site
  • Public toilets

St Aidan’s is a perfect place to get close to nature and relax, unwind or exercise in a stress-free environment. Just outside Leeds on the banks of the River Aire, it’s a big new space to walk, run, cycle, or ride your horse and enjoy the wildlife that surrounds you.

It has a wide range of wild plants and animals, and is home to thousands of birds, brown hares, roe deer, wild flowers and insects – all living in a stunning landscape of vast reedbeds, grassland, woodland, lakes, ponds and islands.

With a variety of circular paths of varying lengths and large areas of open grassland, St AidanĂ­s is a great place for families to enjoy the outdoors, share a picnic and play together.

Over 7.5 miles (12 km) of footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes connect the surrounding communities, with links to national footpath and cycle networks. St Aidan’s is a fantastic place for locals wishing to explore the wider countryside or as a destination for people who love nature.