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WWT London Wetland Centre

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Address: London Wetland Centre Queen Elizabeth Walk | Barnes, London SW13 9WT, England
Phone Number: +44 20 8409 4400

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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Good fun for kids, probably better when not Santa's Grotto

Popped in for Santa's grotto but by 10am it was already fully booked for the day. Was slightly irritated by this and it was manically busy with not enough staff across the various... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have to say that Santa was wonderful he was so lovely and magical. The crafts and the huskys and donkeys rides were also lovely and the staff were very lovely, so we're the carol singers. But it was all let down by the fact they let in to many people for Santa to see, meaning a lot of annoyed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Popped in for Santa's grotto but by 10am it was already fully booked for the day. Was slightly irritated by this and it was manically busy with not enough staff across the various food points. The actual attraction is great though and there is loads for kids to do and interact with. Would probably go again but not when there... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our first visit and I think our last, for over £30 for us to even get inn we hoped there would be something good going on but sadly unless we wanted to que for 2.5hrs to see Santa we where in for a very cold walk around looking at ducks! There was a donkey ride which we did wait for... More 

Thank Charlotte C
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I would not recommend this event unless you want to stand around in the cold for 2-3hrs. Center opened at 9.30am, Santa opened at 10am, we arrived at 10.30am and told that the morning session queue was now over 2hrs long and closed. We were advised to start queuing for the afternoon session at 11.30 -12 which is due to... More 

Thank Karen R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recently visited the Wetland Centre and it turned out to be such a great day out. It looked absolutely stunning on autumn afternoon and we saw so many lovely birds and beautiful grounds. There is a small coffee shop within the centre so you can grab a hot tea and walk around for hours! Overall will definitely be back. Great... More 

Thank Joanna S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I headed out to the London Wetland Centre on a November weekday. Not surprisingly, it was exceptionally quiet and peaceful -- just what I was seeking -- but those who were there clearly were enjoying the opportunities for photography, bird-watching, cleverly-designed "hides" to see the animals without disturbing them, and other features. Those responsible for creating and continuing to develop... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

I visited the WWT Wetland Centre with my wife, young boy and in laws on a Sunday in October 2016. We had seen an advert in a magazine my boy was reading, advertising a dinosaur day. The Centre is in Barnes, so easily accessible from my neck of the woods. It is also served by the 485 bus, which I... More 

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

I’m really pleased you had such a good day here looking at both the wildlife and the dinosaurs; the weekend was a huge hit with our visitors. As such it was very busy both days so we’re extremely sorry that the service in our cafes didn’t come up to the standard we normally provide. Thank you so much for passing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Love the fact that this place even exists in a city like London, where you can see loads of nature and birds, but with the BT Tower and the Shard in the background. There is a lot to see and it covers a large area, so you can get away from other people quite easily.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

A nice treat as I love birds. Saw ducks, swans, herons, geese, as well as fall colours, gardens, cows, and otters. There was a Pond Zone but I failed to find any frogs, turtles, or green snakes. The otters are fed at 11 and 2 and I learned that they cannot smell under water. There are several "hides" where you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Took my 5yr old boy and had better time than I expected. Lots of different gardens and areas to explore. Sweet little cafe with outside seating areas were lovely. Even on our return to the main building/s found an upstairs area with water shoots/cannon he could play and be entertained by. Good outside kids play area with many tunnels to... More 

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