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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 #132 of 1,041 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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English first
Southampton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I liked the reserve as I am a keen birder but was really disappointed to find the sand martin nest hide closed and only one telescope in the 'comfy chair hide': description on website overblown and inaccurate. What's the point of having a sand martin nest hide if you close it while they are nesting? I came 80 miles to... More

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London
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Very good nature - bird place for all ages. Rather large place and very peaceful. There are some birds with wings clipped indeed which is a big of a shame but overall great nature site. Interesting and well kept.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Inspiring place, plenty of birds to see and if you are patient, be sure that you will come back home with some unusual and exciting event to talk about.

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Weston-s-Mare
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

The centre was fairly quiet the day I visited. In the winter there are huge flocks of teal, shoveler, wigeon etc to see. Place is very clean and really calm considering its only a few miles from the centre of London.

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Visited the London Wetlands Centre and was very disappointed to see wild birds in captivity with there wings clipped. This took away any enjoyment in visiting the site and the good work done there in bring wild birds into city.

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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We've been members of WWT for years, and visited this site many times. It's always a great day out - lots to see, interesting birds, helpful staff and information, and so peaceful (despite going with young children). We hadn't visited the adventure playground before, and our young boys really enjoyed exploring the tunnels and climbing across the wobbly bridge. The... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Wonderful to visit on a sunny winter's day. Many species of migratory wild duck to see, lots of herons and lapwings and a sleepy sparrowhawk. We enjoyed the guided walk around the captive collection and the close-up antics of the two Asian otters. I would have given a five-star rating but for the long queue and slow service in the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Peaceful place with a variety of birds in their natural habitat. Spent more than 4 hours and yet I wish I could stay longer. Will visit again in the summer.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

A very peaceful interesting place to visit. We had 4 children with us aged from 3 to 9 and they really enjoyed the wide open spaces, looking at the birds, otters etc. it was good value for money and an enjoyable day out.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We were treated to this marvellous visit by friends Jo and Mel. The wetlands nature reserve at Barnes was created at the instigation of the famous naturalist and nature painter, Peter Scott, who persuaded Thames Water to lease the land to the new Trust at a peppercorn rent and to bind the developers of adjacent land sold for housing to... More

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