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WWT London Wetland Centre

Address: Queen Elizabeth's Walk | Barnes, London SW13 9WT, England
Phone Number: (020) 8409 4400
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Ranked #131 of 853 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Walking
Owner description: Nestled in a loop of the Thames, London Wetland Centre is an urban oasis for wildlife and people; a...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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 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.
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Turku, Finland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

First time visit, will be back for more!! The Wetland Centre is a place to escape the city, so close to London you can see the skyline in the distance, yet there's peace and quiet, and you can forget the city is there at all. The Centre is easy to get to by public transport (tube to Hammersmith, walk across... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review and we're pleased you enjoyed your visit here so much. As you say, your support in the form of the admission fee enables us to create the habitats for wildlife, enabling visitors to see the birds, reptiles, amphibians etc up close. We do hope you will come back and visit us again soon. More 

Richmond upon thames
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The place as in the landscape is beautiful, rare birds, few otters and that's about it. We went for the xmas event. It was £25 to get in that was without gift aid for a family of four! Once in there wasn't much to see and do they haven't really changed it much over the years. They had a Husky... More 

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

We’re sorry you didn’t enjoy your visit at the weekend. As you say, it was busy as our Christmas weekend is always very popular. We did try to make it clear on the website that it was £5 per child to see Santa, which covers the value of the gifts the children are given. In additional, for that weekend, we... More 

Stafford, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
17 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We are members of the Wetlands Wildlife Trust and usually visit our nearest centre which is Martin Mere in Lancashire. We had a morning to spare on a recent visit to London and since we were staying in Hammersmith, with the Wetlands just a short bus journey away, we decided to go and have a look. So glad we did.... More 

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit us and we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit. Sorry you didn't see the bittern but we have up to 6 some winters so next time you're down this way do try again! And thank you for supporting WWT as a member, we couldn't carry out all our conservation work without... More 

Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
31 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

WE had been here the day before for a British Dragonfly Society meeting, so had decided to return the following day to have a good look around. If you do wish to visit here check out the website as you can get a discounted ticket if you pay online. Also before you leave the visitor's centre make sure you have... More 

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

Glad you decided to come back for a visit Mick and that you enjoyed your day here. If you come back you could go on one of our free daily tours too, as the guide can point out wildlife hightlights of the day. It's a great time of year with all so many ducks back for the winter - and... More 

Pinner, UK
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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Was not really sure what to expect here - but it turned out very nice. The highlight was the feeding of the otters at 11:00am - and after that just walking around looking at various birds. I am not a real bird expert, but it was quite nice to see a good variety of birds and other wildlife. They also... 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 to us - we're always delighted when visitors go away feeling that they've got closer to the wildlife that lives here. And of course the otters are always popular! Do come back and visit again. More 

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42 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Any green space in the centre of London has to be a good thing and the wetlands centre in Barnes is certainly a very pleasant (but expensive) place for a stroll. However compared to the excellent WWT centres at Slimbridge and Martin Mere I found this one rather disappointing. The landscaping is very attractive but, at least when I was... More 

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

Hi. Thanks for your review as it's always useful to receive feedback. We're delighted you've visited so many WWT Centres and we agree that Slimbridge and Martin Mere are wonderful reserves. Here at London we have a bit less space, due to our location in the capital, and our prime aim is to provide habitats for wildlife in order that... More 

Alton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Coming from rural Hampshire I never cease to be amazed at this hidden gem. We visited during the week and felt we had the place to ourselves. I am not a 'birdie' as such but we saw a Hobby who gave us an amazing display for many minutes as he hunted Dragonflies and then ate them on the wing before... More 

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

I'm glad you had another enjoyable visit here; being London's countryside is exactly what we're aiming for, both for visitors and the wildlife that lives here. I'm jealous you've seen the hobby hunting; I've worked here 5 years and haven't seen that yet :-) More 

London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
37 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I have been a member at WWT for the last 6 years, every visit is exeptionly nice you will never tire from this amazing place, my boys enjoys their visits, a lot to do, pond dipping, otter feeding, nice walks very educational in terms of respecting nature, very clean. The picnic area is great with washing sinks, toilet facilitis, wild... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind review, and for your support as a WWT member. It is our visitors and members who help us to raise the money for our conservation work, so many thanks - we really do appreciate it. More 

Surrey, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We have always wanted to go to the centre and this was a spur of the moment decision to visit. The staff were very helpful and polite. The first stop was watching the otters being fed with a commentary from a very enthusiastic lady who loved her job. The walkways are very good with clear directions where to go, a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

WEt,lands in Barnes is a lOvely place there is a wide range of birds. Children have such a lot of fun things to do, pond dipping etc. LOTS TO DO AND THERE IS A PLAY AREA FOR THEM. TTh food is a bit expensive but a wide range to choose from. BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS TAKE A PICNIC THERE IS... More 

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