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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 #148 of 1,139 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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Alton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I visited the centre as I'm a student with an interest in the aerodynamics of bird flight; I saw many wild birds flying over the main lake (from the hides), and was amazed by the array of birds (from all over the world) in the centre's many wetland habitats. I've visited several times before and am always delighted by how... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

It's been about a year since we were here and I can't believe it's taken so long for us to come back. Jo picked us up in her car and Mel made up two picnic baskets. We got there about 10.30 and didn't leave until 17.00. If anything, the facilities are even better now than they were and the volunteers... More

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London, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Visited here on a saturday Sunday afternoon. It was fairly quiet - not too many visitors. The site is quite expansive and you can wander around fairly freely on the paths. Several of these loop back and forward giving you the illusion of being alone on country lanes. There was a wide variety of birds and the guide book was... More

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

Delighted you enjoyed your visit Benjamin - an oasis in the heart of London is exactly what we aim to offer, for visitors as well as the wildlife! It's a good time of year to come - as you noticed, there are lots of birds about as it's migration time. It's the 283 bus that comes from Hammersmith right into... More

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Liked everything Barnes offered,easy access to all the area with a wheelchair,restaurant really good food,ease to get around,shop well laid out,and plenty of signs for those who don't know names of birds,otter feeding highlight for us thank you for a pleasant day out

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

We're pleased you enjoyed your visit here. We've tried to make the site as enjoyable and accessible as possible for everyone with plenty of benches along the tarmac paths, wide doors and even a lift in our three storey hide. We hope you come back again soon. More

Eastleigh, England, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We arrived at the venue expecting to spend an hour or two there, but as it was so interesting and there was so much to enjoy, we were there for much longer than we intended. We have missed a lot of the songbirds that have already began the migration process, but along the west route there are many types of... 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, not just the abundant wildlife but also the facilities we have here. We do try to make sure we've got something for everyone who visits. As you say, our café is an important source of income for us; managing the various habitats that the wildlife depends on is a costly business! Many thanks... More

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25 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Five miles from Marble Arch yet the hustle and bustle of London life seems a distant memory. The day we visited several areas were closed due to private functions so check before availability before turning up. If wishing to see the feeding get a place about fifteen minutes before the time as this is a popular part of the day.... More

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