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WWT London Wetland Centre

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Address: Queen Elizabeth's Walk | Barnes, London SW13 9WT, England
Phone Number: (020) 8409 4400
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Activities: Birdwatching, Walking
Description: Nestled in a loop of the Thames, London Wetland Centre is an urban oasis...
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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Lovely place but...

First visit today with husband and a 12 and an 11 year old. Easy to find, a lovely walk. Bought the guide but to be honest it's difficult to compare real birds to illustrations... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
Sarah G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

First visit today with husband and a 12 and an 11 year old. Easy to find, a lovely walk. Bought the guide but to be honest it's difficult to compare real birds to illustrations, photos may make it easier. The only disappointment was the ridiculously expensive food/drink in the courtyard, pre-made sandwiches with hard bread.. That said, a very enjoyable... More 

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

Hi there. Many thanks for your review and we'll consider photos for the guide in future - the problem with photos is that they don't usually show colours too well, so they're not ideal either. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and I'll pass your comments re the café prices to our catering team, but just to say that as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We've spent a relaxing few hours in the WWT London and we definitely had a great time. We saw many bird species, otters and two highland cows. I feel it could be even greater experience if you could actually walk around the entire place rather than returning the same way back, i.e. something like a circle tour. It would be... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback; it's always useful to hear what our visitors think. We do try to put binoculars in our hides, but they get a lot of use and so do get broken quite frequently. We also have a guide-in-the-hide at times throughout the day to show visitors what is about. But we agree, one day we will ideally... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

What a day we had. We were lucky that the weather stayed fine and no rain. We saw all sorts of different birds/ducks, from little babies to pairs that were still sitting on their nests. We strolled around lakes, ponds and amazing gardens. Trees, flowers beauty and colour all just a few minutes from the heart of London. We were... More 

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

Thanks so much for your lovely review - I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit so much and I'll pass on your words to the team here. It makes all their hard work worthwhile :-) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The Wetlands centre is a real escape from the city, my boyfriend and I visited on a Sunday afternoon in time to see a tour around the different sections and see the birds being fed. It is beautiful and a lovely place to visit. Plus they had loads of cute ducklings. Definitely going to come back.

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

I'm glad you enjoyed your first visit. It is a lovely time of year now; but when you come back don't miss winter when all the winter birds are here like teal and shoveler. And of course summer with all the flowers is lovely too! Thanks for taking the time to write such a kind review. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I always enjoy visiting WWT at Barnes, it's so relaxing and enjoyable. Lots to see and do especially this time of year when everything turns green, flowers bloom and the birds are in full song.

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

Yes it's a lovely time of year, with the flowers coming out and the ducklings around. We're hoping for lapwing chicks soon too... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Really enjoyed the overall layout, we got very close to the otters, saw the rare ducks from all over the world. The paths and hides are disabled friendly and we came away feeling we had really enjoyed our visit.

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

Glad you got to see the otters out and about - they're a favourite with our visitors :-) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The Wetlands Centre is easy to reach from Hammersmith - the 283 bus goes right to the entrance, every 8 minutes. As high buildings continue to rise across the river, the trees here block out the view of them and you could be in the country. It is a delight from start to finish. There are areas landscaped and planted... More 

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

I'm delighted you enjoyed your visit so much Suzanna. I'll certainly pass on your comments to our wardens who work so hard to create the habitats that attract so much wildlife here. We look forward to you visiting again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

If you're interested in bird watching, you want a relaxing day out, or you want to take the kiddies out this is well worth a visit. For serious bird watchers there are plenty of hides. There are scopes but you will want to take your own. For the young there are plenty of enclosures to get close. Catering is good... More 

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

We're glad you had a good day here Stephen and hope you come back and visit us again soon. I'll pass your kind words on to the team here. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Have been visiting here for ages and it really is one of those places where it seasons allow the true beauty of the wetlands come through! Kids love, we love . Kids play area is brilliant both in door and outdoor . Cafe is nice if anything a little pricey for sit down meal and a little restricted in vegetarian... More 

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

Hi. We're so glad you all enjoy your visits here; it's great to know that we're helping to enthuse your children about wildlife, an interest which will give them lots of pleasure over the years! Thanks so much for your lovely review. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Been here so many times and it's great every time. Loads of things for the children - pond dipping being the favourite, trails to follow, watching the otters being fed. The children can run around and play in or outside and adults can relax in or out of the large cafe. The whole place is very relaxing and obviously the... More 

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

Thanks for your support; we're delighted to hear you continue to visit with your children and have a great time. We try to keep renewing our activities so there is always something different to do. And the summer birds like sand martins are on their way back now, so plenty of birds to look out for! More 

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