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“A very special place to visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of WWT London Wetland Centre

WWT London Wetland Centre
Queen Elizabeth's Walk | Barnes, London SW13 9WT, England
(020) 8409 4400
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Ranked #131 of 1,081 attractions in London
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Walking
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A very special place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The London Wetland Centre is the most remakable development in London in recent times. The Peter Scott based Bird Sanctuary and Conservation enterprise, opened in 2000, has many species from all over the world. It is wonderful to see the swans arriving October/November time from Siberia and North Russia. Winter visitors fly in with regular returns - bitterns, Avocets etc.
The Centre has a suberb Banqueting room seating some 100 plus, where newly weds can have their reception, and 30/40/50/60/70 or 80 year olds can celebrate Birthdays or Anniversaries. The catering is excellent and the views over the lakes stunning.
Membership is strongly reccomended and covers costs of even the first visit.
The Explore area is particularly exciting for children.

Visited November 2012
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English first
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Not the most exciting afternoon I've ever had”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Not a bad place to while away an hour or two but not the most exciting place I have ever been. Watching the wild birds on the mud flats from the viewing station was interesting but the rather tackily themed enclosures seemed a rather old fashioned way to organise such a centre and were rather dull.

Visited December 2012
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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
31 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“A nice bit of Wildlife in London”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

I find it hard to judge my visit to the Wetland Centre as I had high expectations for what to expect but I found myself a little disappointed after my visit. I think this is due to the fact that I make comparisons to other wildlife locations that I have visited before.

However, if you live in London or come from the city then this sort of location is a real gem for wildlife and bird watching. There's plenty to walk around and lots of birds available to see, and if you catch their otters at feeding time then it is a real treat. There's also a few hides that you can sit in and do some bird watching.

The day we visited we had a few heavy showers of rain which made it a bit unpleasant to walk around in but generally was fine. There were also a few school groups which did distract from the visit but not too much.

I personally think it's worth a visit, and I imagine during the spring/summer there is a lot more happening than autumn.

Visited September 2012
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

It was relaxed, self service so we could ask for what we wanted. The standard of food was excellent and the staff - clearing tables etc. - were helpful for those that needed help taking their food to the tables. There was a good selection of wines, fresh water and sometimes a salad table which had a reasonable selection of ingredients.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A bit of country in London”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

The Wetlands Centre is a great place to visit. The paths are all completely tarmacked which would be great for wheelchairs or buggys. Lots of interesting birds and the otter enclosure is very special. Go at feeding time and see the otters close up showing off their swimming skills.

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