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WWT London Wetland Centre

Queen Elizabeth's Walk | Barnes, London SW13 9WT, England
(020) 8409 4400
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Ranked #158 of 1,108 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Walking
Owner description: Nestled in a loop of the Thames, London Wetland Centre is an urban oasis for wildlife and people; a rural idyll in the heart of the capital. Voted the... more » Owner description: Nestled in a loop of the Thames, London Wetland Centre is an urban oasis for wildlife and people; a rural idyll in the heart of the capital. Voted the UK’s Favourite Nature Reserve by readers of Country file magazine, it is perfect for a relaxing stroll along the paths that meander among the lakes, meadows and gardens. The Centre is a haven for wild ducks, wading birds, butterflies, bats, amphibians and water voles. Visitors can also see a collection of beautiful water birds from around the world, and watch the antics of the otter family at feeding time. With six hides, two kids’ adventure zones and a café there’s something for everyone. « less
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I visited the centre as I'm a student with an interest in the aerodynamics of bird flight; I saw many wild birds flying over the main lake (from the hides), and was amazed by the array of birds (from all over the world) in the centre's many wetland habitats. I've visited several times before and am always delighted by how... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

It's been about a year since we were here and I can't believe it's taken so long for us to come back. Jo picked us up in her car and Mel made up two picnic baskets. We got there about 10.30 and didn't leave until 17.00. If anything, the facilities are even better now than they were and the volunteers... More

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London, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Visited here on a saturday Sunday afternoon. It was fairly quiet - not too many visitors. The site is quite expansive and you can wander around fairly freely on the paths. Several of these loop back and forward giving you the illusion of being alone on country lanes. There was a wide variety of birds and the guide book was... More

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Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Delighted you enjoyed your visit Benjamin - an oasis in the heart of London is exactly what we aim to offer, for visitors as well as the wildlife! It's a good time of year to come - as you noticed, there are lots of birds about as it's migration time. It's the 283 bus that comes from Hammersmith right into... More

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Liked everything Barnes offered,easy access to all the area with a wheelchair,restaurant really good food,ease to get around,shop well laid out,and plenty of signs for those who don't know names of birds,otter feeding highlight for us thank you for a pleasant day out

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Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

We're pleased you enjoyed your visit here. We've tried to make the site as enjoyable and accessible as possible for everyone with plenty of benches along the tarmac paths, wide doors and even a lift in our three storey hide. We hope you come back again soon. More

Eastleigh, England, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We arrived at the venue expecting to spend an hour or two there, but as it was so interesting and there was so much to enjoy, we were there for much longer than we intended. We have missed a lot of the songbirds that have already began the migration process, but along the west route there are many types of... More

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Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Hi. We're glad you enjoyed your visit, not just the abundant wildlife but also the facilities we have here. We do try to make sure we've got something for everyone who visits. As you say, our café is an important source of income for us; managing the various habitats that the wildlife depends on is a costly business! Many thanks... More

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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Five miles from Marble Arch yet the hustle and bustle of London life seems a distant memory. The day we visited several areas were closed due to private functions so check before availability before turning up. If wishing to see the feeding get a place about fifteen minutes before the time as this is a popular part of the day.... More

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I visited London Wetland Centre in May 2014 and really enjoyed spending the day there. It's a lovely place to visit if you are into wildlife like birds and water voles. Spring is one of my favourite times of year to visit the centre because they normally have Canada gosling chicks and swan cygnets. The staff are helpful and do... More

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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Spent a lovely morning here wandering through the enclosures of captive birds - lots of interesting information boards, especially for those species which are under threat of extinction. There is also a great 'wild side' section, where the birds are free to come and go as they please. Probably a few too many people for hardcore birders, but all in... More

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London, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

A lovely place to just get away from all the hustle and bustle of city life. I have a membership which allows unlimited entry so whenever the mood takes me I come over to here to have a nice walk around and see if I can see any different species than I have seen the time before. It's great in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Peaceful tranquil place spent 5 hours meandering through pathways. Plenty a birds to watch the hides were clean and pleasant to sit in. Otters were just the cutest. Staff friendly and helpful. Cafe was expensive but monies are ploughed back into the charity. Food good cleanliness superb. Highly recommended even for non twitches like us.

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