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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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beautiful and peaceful oasis

i've been meaning to go here for a couple of years and now that we moved into the area there was no reason not to go. The place is obviously very well cared for, as became... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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London
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

i've been meaning to go here for a couple of years and now that we moved into the area there was no reason not to go. The place is obviously very well cared for, as became immediately apparent walking up the path to the entrance. Staff are friendly and helpful, everywhere is clean and well kept. We saw the otters... More 

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

Thanks so much for your kind words. I'll pass you comments on to our wardens who do such a great job in creating the habitats for wildlife and the gardens. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and do come back and see us sometime now you're in the area! More 

Great Bookham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We only decided to visit the evening before, but were able to book on line and get a reduced ticket price, it is well worth doing this. We arrived before 11, and so were in time to see the otters being fed, wonderful to see these delightful creatures and a very helpful talk by the member of staff who feeds... More 

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

Thanks for your lovely review and we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We aim to be an urban oasis for people as well as wildlife so it's always useful to get feedback from visitors. Do come back and visit us again soon! More 

Cambridge, England
Top Contributor
170 reviews 170 reviews
48 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

A really excellent place to visit with areas for children and also quiet places to get away from the life in London and see wildfowl in their natural environment. The staff were enthusiastic and more than content to show visitors around what is quite a large site. With hides for the twitchers to watch the birds and many different ponds... More 

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Hertfordshire
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

So close to central London but so far removed from the hustle and bustle of it. Lovely place to visit if you are interested in wildfowl and otters. It is very well set out, the guides are well trained and very knowledgeable. Lots to see and although we were a group of adults it was obviously a place that was... More 

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

Hi. We try to make sure that all our visitors have an enjoyable visit, so thanks for taking the time to give us some feedback. We're glad you had a great time here and hope to see you again soon. More 

Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Had a great time visiting, all very straightforward lots of waterbirds around to see. Great hides available, very modern and well made. Thoroughly enjoyed my day

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

Many thanks and I'm pleased you enjoyed visiting our hides. Our Headley Discovery hide is popular with all visitors as it's so bright and comfortable. And we're also refurbing our Wader Scrape Hide so do come back and see that when it's finished! More 

Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

They have both a collection area (like a zoo, birds won't fly out) and a totally wild area, a chance to see migratory birds or residential birds in London. Not too far from the city centre, good place to chill and relax too!

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

Thanks for your kind review. I'm glad you had a good time here and do come back later in the year - the 'summer' birds will be here then such as sand martins in the nest bank where you can see them feeding their chicks. More 

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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We visited in November using the deal available on one of the voucher sites and at the end of day we had to placate 2 sobbing 4 year olds who did not want to leave! We visited on a Sunday afternoon and the morning had been very rainy which I think put a lot of people off and as a... More 

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

We're glad you had such a good time here - there are advantages of coming here when the weather isn't quite so good! Do pop back and see us in the spring; I'm sure your children would love to see all the ducklings. Thanks for your kind words. More 

Sacramento, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We're members and love it every time we visit. This morning we spent a good hour in the children's exploratory area. Indoors, so we didn't get cold. But the playground is great. The children love the bug towers, the otters and all the ducks of course. It's a great day out. The cafe could be improved, but you can get... More 

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

Hi and thanks very much for your lovely review. We do try to offer something for all ages, so that everyone can be inspired by nature and wetlands. And I'll pass on your comments re the café to our catering manager. Thanks for your support as a member; we couldn't carry out all the habitat creation work we do here... More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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 

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