St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Opening times and directions

Environment Centre October 2018, by L. Outing
Environment Centre in October 2018, by L. Outing

Although our work carries on, due to the pandemic the Environment Centre is CLOSED  until the end of June 2021 and most of our events have moved online. All are still welcome to visit the nature reserve or other green spaces in York. Nature can be a great source of comfort and calming influence in difficult times such as the pandemic. Please do keep the wellbeing of others in mind too and follow the government’s advice on the issue, for example by keeping a safe distance, walking or cycling if you can and washing/sanitising your hands.

Subject to the government’s Covid restrictions being lifted as planned, from 7th July 2021 until the end of October the Environment Centre opening times will be:

St Nicks entrance, by Lewis Outing

St Nicks entrance on Foss Islands Cycle Route 658, by Lewis Outing

The Nature Reserve is open all year round, just come and wander round. Please see the directions below and follow our visitors’ code on the right.

When the Centre is open again, you’re very welcome to come in to look round, have a cuppa and use the facilities. We are also happy to arrange guided tours for groups of five or more people outside of the opening hours, and we can offer (online) talks about St Nicks and sustainable living to community groups – please get in touch if interested.

Approach to the Environment Centre from Rawdon Avenue

Approach to the Environment Centre car park from Rawdon Avenue – go between the pine trees. The Centre gate is by the larch trees (yellow in this picture), up the slope past the far end of the car park.


As of November 2019 St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue has its own new postcode – YO10 3FW, which should make it easier to find us. If your satnav or map service doesn’t recognise it, try using the old one – YO10 3ST (Please note this postcode places us in the middle of Rawdon Avenue but we are at the very bottom of it – see the picture on the right of what the entrance to our car park looks like.).

We encourage all our visitors to come on foot, by bicycle or bus whenever possible. There is a small car park in front of the Environment Centre if it is needed. i-Travel can help you plan your journey without or with a car but these are the basic directions.


This page was last updated 5 May 2021