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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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A taste of the countryside in the middle of London. .

Can't recall how many visits we have made but being a wildlife reserve each one is different. We're members of WWT so can visit any of their reserves. So therapeutic if you live... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Can't recall how many visits we have made but being a wildlife reserve each one is different. We're members of WWT so can visit any of their reserves. So therapeutic if you live in the city but hanker for the countryside. Several excellent hides to view birds from, plus some areas with exotic ducks which are more enclosed. Otters too... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to get closer to nature! You really don't feel like you are in London in such a scenic place. The place is really clean and well looked after and the signage is very clear so you always know where your going. My kids loved the otters and the variety of wildfowl is amazing. There are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Nice place to pass the morning or evening even it is best to go on a picnic to time pass with friends. Also the swans and birds are amazing to see them in the very friendly environment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We heard of London Wetland for quite some time, but never had a visit earlier. We decided to go on 2nd August 2015 and took advance tickets from their website. That ticket would be valid for 6 months and had a discount due to advance web purchase. The ticket cost was £10.43 for adult but there was a discount for... More 

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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Visited here on way home after staying with friends for the weekend and this was on the way back to the M4. It certainly doesn't feel like you're in London (with exception to planes flying overhead every few minutes). Two contrasting sides to the site, the South walk takes you round the wetlands with all the hides and excellent views... More 

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Swansea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Having watched this place grow and mature over the years it is a great use of space and somewhere to loose yourself in.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a very nice place to go to on a warm summers day even just for a stroll and with a added bonus of seeing dozens of different water birds/ frogs/newts Etc but we do think that the best of all is seeing the pair of Otters playing about and they can be seeing feeding at 11 am every... More 

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

Thanks for your review Susie. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and yes, the otters are always popular. In fact we have six wildlife viewing hides so do come back and take another look :-) Winter is good because of all the ducks we have here then. I'll pass your comments re our café to the team. All the profits... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This is a lesser known place in London but well worth the visit. Easy to get to by public transport although there is plenty of parking. Cheap entry with lots to do for children and adults alike. Great for a relaxing stroll around the pathways with excellent viewing areas. Binoculars would be helpful for some parts. Educationally very strong. Plants,... More 

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

Thanks for your review and we're glad you found us for a visit! That's a good point about the binoculars in the hides - we are trying to find a way to supply more to make it easier for visitors. But I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit otherwise. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

It's a firm family favourite. We do prefer to go in term time when it quieter but we can't complain about this venue. It's a little slice of heaven in London

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St. Annes-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We were visiting London and wanted a day out in pleasant surroundings with some birdwatching included. The WWT London Wetland Centre certainly hit the mark. Lots for the seasoned bird watcher with several hides giving good vantage points over the water. We saw a green sandpiper from one of the double decker hides. There are also lots of walkways linking... More 

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

We're delighted you enjoyed your visit Linda - London's a great city but it's nice to take time out occasionally for a bit of peace and quiet. Wish I had seen the green sandpiper! More 

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