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WWT London Wetland Centre

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Address: Queen Elizabeth's Walk | Barnes, London SW13 9WT, England
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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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Wildlife oasis

The London Wetland Centre is well within the Central London area and is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Added bonus, of course, would be if you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although if you come here early enough you will have a good chance of seeing plenty of birds on the walkpaths and in the hides... Then the hordes of families and screaming children and shouty parents/grandparents begin to arrive. Those moments when you can hear the birds sing and jumping from branch to branch vanish when you can hear others... More 

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

I'm very sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit here. We do try to accommodate all our different visitors and their needs, for example with hides for both keen birdwatchers and those new to birdwatching. In our experience the wild birds are to some extent 'urban' so mostly are not frightened away by people - unless there is a sudden... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The London Wetland Centre is well within the Central London area and is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Added bonus, of course, would be if you are interested in birds! It would also make a great day's outing with children, and there are many facilites for children to learn about birds... More 

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's amazing how big this place is, a huge wetland area and yet so close to London. It has been expertly planned out with lots of different wetland areas, plenty of informative signs for the non-twitchers, lots of hides to watch the birds from and several great big observatories. Some good play and discover areas for kids too. The highlight... More 

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

Many thanks for coming along to the otter talk and the compliments about our wardens; I'll pass on your comments to them. Thanks for visiting - it's the income we get from visitors that allows WWT to carry out all our conservation work. More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I took my six year old son, a LEGO fanatic, to the London Wetland Centre in Barnes (South London). We went on a Saturday morning in January to see the LEGO scupltures of animals and birds and to get outdoors on a Winter's day. My best friend also came with us - a fellow animal lover. Its very easy to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the WWT Wetland Centre on a wet day in January with my wife and two year old daughter and all loved it! The centre is well set up for both adults and children with just the right amount of educational details about the birds dotted around. I must for anyone who loves bird watching and wildlife in general.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful opportunity to feel part of nature in Central London. Lovely combination of cultivated space with wilder reed beds. Hides well equipped with scopes, binoculars and bird books. Feeders attract tits, sparrows etc and lots of water birds with the bonus of Asian otters too. Well priced cafe with nice views and good shop, free parking.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I went mainly because we wanted to see the otters. There are only two that you can see at feeding times. They are really cute but unless you really like birdwatching, then I would give this place a miss and go to the British Wildlife Centre. Also the entry fee is a bit steep at £13.49 per... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback and we're sorry you didn't enjoy your visit here more. It is true that we focus on birds here, with both wild birds and a collection of water birds from around the world. Many people simply enjoy walking in beautiful surroundings, and having lunch in the café. And of course there are the playgrounds for kids,... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for a day out in London when I stumbled upon the WWT Wetland Center. We took our 5 year and headed out with tempered expectations. A large free carpark awaits with clean toilets right there. What a treat! Off we went into the welcome center where we were greeted by a friendly cashier. She gave us tips... More 

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

Thanks so much for supporting us by becoming members. I hope you enjoy your visits throughout 2017 - happy New Year. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

WWT London Wetland Centre was opened 2000 with pond and marsh in a huge area. It takes only 10 minutes from Hammersmith Tube. The WWT London Wetland Center was voted the UK’s Favorite Nature Reserve 2012 by Countrylife Magazine. Everybody can watch wild birds from the beautiful walkways amongst the lakes and pools in the “countryside” of London. It was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very good for an aspiring photographer like myself. Can get lots of close up shots of various water fowl. Reasonable entry fee and cafe prices too. Loved looking at all the different species of ducks. Didn't see much in the quiet zone either surprisingly. Tried to spot a kingfisher but no luck there. Good for bird watchers!

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