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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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An excellent day out

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
Linda342
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St. Annes-on-Sea, United Kingdom

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

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 

Brighton, UK
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Brilliant for families, great facilities and the centre was in a really good state of upkeep. We visited with two small children - kept them both entertained and there were plenty of benches for little legs to rest. Great for buggies, good toilets, baby change facilities, cafes and restaurants. It costs £12.75 per adult but was well worth the money,... More 

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

Hi Hannie. Great to hear you packed so much into your day here with your family. We always try to put on extra activities for children at weekends and during school holidays. Thanks for your review. More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a well designed and well constructed park setting with excellent hides and a vast amount of informative signs. All the staff and volunteers we encountered were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and ensured we had a really good visit experience. It is well worth buying their map and bird guide for £2.99 which I shall use when I go... More 

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

Glad you enjoyed your visit Avril and I'll pass your review on to the team here, including the volunteers who do a great job helping our visitors with questions and information. And glad to see you're going to keep bird watching at more reserves in future, brilliant! More 

San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The is a fine place to spend two or three hours discovering various birds and their habitats. There is also an otter viewing station. they have sections that specialize in different types of birds, as well as tours and activities that are free with admission.

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

I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to see us, and I hope you enjoyed your trip to London. Not quite as warm as San Diego but at least you didn't experience too much London rain over the past week or so! More 

London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

great place to visit for families and a nice day out to see some wonderful sights will be back to explore more in near future

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

Glad you enjoyed your visit! Do come back and see us in different seasons - lots of different birds turn up in the autumn on migration, and the trees look lovely in their autumn colours. And of course it always looks pretty if we get snow in winter! More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Barnes is a hidden gem and worth a visit if you are in London. We took a free guided tour by a knowledgable volunteer. My partner and I have little to no knowledge about birds and found it highly interesting. It was good to see the more endangered birds out in the open unlike in zoos. It was also incredibly... More 

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

We're delighted to have given you a quiet, relaxing day in London. Our aim is to bring wildlife and people together in the capital, so it's great to hear that you saw so much on your first visit. Thanks for your kind review. More 

dubai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

It is a very well constructed park with a lot of wildlife in and around water. Lots of observation areas and explanatory notes exist. It has good facilities in restaurant, toilets, binoculars in observation towers. There are a lot of sitting areas for relaxing and observing nature. It is a very peaceful oasis in a hectic city.

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

It's great to hear you managed to see lots of wildlife here on your first visit, and made good use of the hides and binoculars etc. I'm glad you enjoyed a relaxing visit here - sometimes it's nice to get away from the excitement of London for a short while! More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Visited the WWT Trust in Barnes on Friday with the family. Book tickets in advance online for best rates. Better than expected as quite new and not yet crowded with the out of school family bunch. You wouldn't recognize it as a former Thames Water concrete reservoir. Wife commented on how quiet it was compared to where we live. Nice... More 

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

Thanks for you lovely review and I'm pleased you enjoyed your first visit to the Centre. We created it from the reservoirs 15 years ago so everything is growing nicely and the wildlife seems to be thriving! More 

New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Variety of birds can be spotted..nice walk through nature with various trails n paths..observation area n wildlife viewpoints available..picnic area is also available ..

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

I'm please you enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere of the Centre; it makes a nice change from the noise and stress of London, exciting though that is! More 

Moscow, Russia
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23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is a professionally run wildlife refuge in a loop of the Thames, surprisingly close the the centre of London. It is just north of some nice walkable green space around the Beverley Brook, and nearby is another (small) nature reserve, the Leg of Mutton, so putting it all together, you can have a good half day or more of... More 

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

Thanks for such a positive and comprehensive review. I agree, we're lucky to be surrounded by lots of other green spaces with a wealth of wildlife in the local area. And I'm glad you enjoyed seeing all the wildlife here at the Centre. Your support in the form of admission fees and spend in the café is invaluable as all... More 

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Address: Queen Elizabeth's Walk | Barnes, London SW13 9WT, England
Phone Number: (020) 8409 4400
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London

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