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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 #135 of 1,084 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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you love nature, then you'll love the London Wetland Centre. Staff are very helpful and friendly and I ended up spending a lot of time meandering along the paths trying to make out the different birds. Spend some time talking to the volunteers who are very knowledgeable - we were lucky enough to have the Peregrine Falcons pointed out... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I would recommend this place for anyone who loves to immerse themselves in nature! However, at the moment there is a problem with their water pumps, so a lot of the ponds are near to or have already dried up. A problem which should be resolved in a couple of weeks. There were plenty of birds to see, my favourite... More

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Bembridge, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Unfortunately at the moment they have problems with their water or should I say lack of, reliant on a massive pump which is now broken the ponds are gradually drying up. Also as a millennium project the buildings are now looking tired as is often is the way when you get a massive capital fund to launch a project and... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

a stunning oasis within London, a fantastic man made paradise for birds, plants, amphibians and any other wildlife lucky enough to find its self there. The facilities are clean and well maintained, the staff are helpful and friendly and the volunteers are fantastic. Please make sure you go on a guided walk with one of the staff/volunteers its very interesting... More

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Changchun, China
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Living not far from the Wetland Centre, in Richmond, we thought that this would be an interesting day out with my daughter's two girls aged 6 and 3. However, there was very little for the children here as the birds were very difficult to view without binoculars and we saw only a few ducks. The displays showing how the water... More

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Part of the WWT, originally set up by Sir Peter Scott, this gem, only 5 mins from Hammersmith by bus, is a piece of the countryside close to the heart of London. I have been member since it opened and have found it a haven of wildlife and environmental peace ever since. Children love to experience the birds and other... More

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West Midlands
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Having been visiting London for many years, this was our first trip here and i don't know why we did not come here sooner. We spent a full day here. There is a good bus service (number 283) from Hammersmith bus station which stops at the centre. Although there were several staff available to answer questions and it is well... More

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Doncaster
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is a superb value for money visit. It is not just for serious birdwatchers but caters for the entire family with plenty to do and see.

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Came here for Fathers Day (today). What a fab experience. They have managed to blend the natural and less natural birds really well - the walks are basically 2 sides of a horseshoe - one with birds from wetlands around the world, the other lakes and lagoons filled with a huge variety of free flying British birds, including sand Martins,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I decided to make the trip here and what an adventure it turned out to be. I live and work in London and wasn't aware until recently this little gem was virtually on my doorstep. Everything about this place is amazing. My first time in a Wetlands especially here in London. Its just such an escape, to wander around by... More

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