Places to Visit

Barton upon Humber is a great place to investigate the natural world. Visitor centres along the Humber Bank at Waters’ Edge Country Park and Far Ings Nature reserve interpret the local habitats for the visitor and explain what you might see.

Humber bridge and estuary Humber bridge and estuary

Humber Bridge

Ferriby Road, Hessle, HU13 0JG
Telephone: 01482 647161

With a centre span of 1,410 metres (4,626 ft) and a total length of 2,220 metres (7,283 ft), the Humber Bridge was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world for 17 years, until Japan’s Akashi Kaiky? Bridge opened on 5 April 1998. It is now the seventh-longest single span suspension bridge.

The bridge spans the Humber (the estuary formed by the rivers Trent and Ouse) between Barton-upon-Humber on the south bank and Hessle on the north bank, connecting the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

The bridge has a clearance of 30 metres and is designed to withstand winds of 120 kmh. Its two towers are 155 metres high and lean out slightly to take into account the curve of the earth. The huge structure can be seen from as far away as 60 km. Currently more than 7,500,000 vehicles pass over the bridge annually.

Humber Bank Humber Bank

Humber Bank

The complex of lakes and reedbeds at Far Ings forms part of a string of lakes along the southern bank of the Humber. These lakes are the result of the tile and cement making industry which flourished between 1850 and 1950. In the early days of the industry in the late 1800s, hundreds of men were employed to dig the clay by hand. Many tile yards were later abandoned, leaving old clay workings bare and to fill naturally with freshwater.

Waters Edge Waters Edge

Waters’ Edge

The Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre, set in an 86 acre Country Park which celebrates the wildlife and unique environment of the Humber estuary, has interactive displays and activities about the Humber Estuary and caring for the environment which have been designed to appeal to all ages. The award winning Visitor Centre is one of the greenest buildings in the country.
The Country Park has two sites of special scientific interest and is home to rare birds, plants and animals as well as two well-equipped children’s play areas and a network of footpaths, through the meadow and woodland and across the reed beds and ponds.

Waters’ Edge is also home to an innovative wildlife surveillance network, the first of its kind in the country. High quality cameras have been installed across the site, ranging from a pan tilt and zoom camera on the south tower of the Humber Bridge to discreet lipstick sized cameras in individual nesting boxes. The live images give a wonderful insight into the secret world of the animals and birds that live in the Park.
The centre is open seven days a week.

Telephone: 01652 631500

Far Ings National Nature Reserve Far Ings National Nature Reserve

Far Ings National Nature Reserve

Far Ings is situated on the outskirts of Barton on the south bank of the Humber, a major east-west flyway for migrating birds. The pits and reed beds at Far Ings and along the Humber bank are a legacy of the tile and cement industry which flourished between 1850 and 1959.  Thanks to pioneering management by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the reserve is now rich in wildlife and is a great place to see the rare and elusive bittern.

In spring and autumn you can see migration in action.  Pipits, finches, swallows, martins, swifts, larks, starlings, waders and wildfowl move along the estuary.  In late summer the reed beds are important hirundine roosts.  Autumn and winter reward the observer on the Humber bank with sightings of redshank, wigeon, black-tailed godwit, skeins of pink-footed geese and many more species. The sight and sound of a skein of geese flying over is spectacular.  Among the wildfowl which spend the winter months on the pits within the reserve, look for the diminutive teal.

Take time to relax and enjoy the striking panoramic view from the visitor centre.  From here you can see the pits and reed beds of the reserve, the estuary and Humber Bridge, and both the Lincolnshire and Yorkshire Wolds.  There is a chance of seeing the iconic birds of Far Ings, the bittern, bearded tit and marsh harrier.

There are images of many of the birds you may spot. Interpretive and interactive displays give you an insight into the natural and social history of Far Ings. The Reserve is open all year and the Visitor Centre, which is  fully accessible on both floors, is open on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays between 10am – 4pm and Wednesdays: between 1pm – 4pm

Telephone: 01652 637055 (Visitor Centre)

The Old Tile Works

A corner of The Old Tileworks

The Old Tile Works opened its doors to the public this summer. A restored, fully operational tile works, one of the last Tile Factories in Europe of its kind. The site comprises of an Artisan Village, Potters workshop, Visitor Centre, Reclamation and  garden pottery shop, Events space and Coffee Shop & Restaurant. Situated in 17 acres of stunning rural land on the banks of the River Humber, Lincolnshire with a herd of Hereford cattle and calves grazing within the grounds of The Old Tile Works, it’s the perfect setting for a family day out.
Telephone: 01652 637095

Contact Details

Tourist Information
Telephone: 01652 631500

Barton Town Council
Telephone: 01652 633598

Barton-upon-Humber Tourism Partnership
Telephone: 01652 660380