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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

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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Beautiful Hidden Treasure in heart of London

What a wonderful surprise, a true hidden treasure and in the heart of London. It was such a joy going here as my husband and I are " birders" and had just found out about this... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a wonderful surprise, a true hidden treasure and in the heart of London. It was such a joy going here as my husband and I are " birders" and had just found out about this just before we left the United States so were very excited and we were not disappointed, This place is huge, We have many wetlands... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent an amazing afternoon at the london wetland centre! It was just so peaceful and relaxing, I really enjoy getting away from it all and surrounding myself with nature, this is definitely the place to do it without even leaving the city! It has some truly unique views and I got to get close to birds I had never... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hard to know where to start. This is a massive concern right in the heart of the city and provides wonderful facilities for watching wildlife with lots of water and wild areas as well as thoughtful educational stuff for children. There is also a fab adventure playground. The cafe caters for lots of people and although far from fine dining... More 

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

Sorry you didn’t like the Discovery Centre but we do try to cater for visitors of all ages so not everything will appeal to everyone. On a cold/wet day this area of the Centre is generally packed and very popular. Regarding our café menu we will be introducing salads onto the menu shortly but there are various difficulties involved in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Picked up a leaflet about the Wetland Centre in another part of London, quite by chance, and it happened to suit in terms of where visitors were staying. You need decent weather - there are some inside activities, but the point is to be outside with the birds. We had a fantastic sunny early summer day, and were there from... More 

Thank Alison K
Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here for a day out on one of the hottest days of the year. The online guide says allow about 2.5 hours. This is nowhere near enough as we only got to see the South Route in this time. The first disappointment was the discovery centre. It was aimed at younger children and I feel was inadequate to... More 

Thank c_wicks234
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Spend a lovely sunny day here. The kids particularly enjoyed the otters, the Discovery Centre and the Explore play area (they can get wet here so bring a costume or change of clothes). There were lots of walkways and different corners to explore so it never felt busy. We kept out of most of the hides as kids don't always... More 

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

I hope you made it into our Discovery Hide as that's for beginner wild life watchers and has lots of tips (and comfy seats!). And if you come back in the school holidays we're doing an animal Top Trumps game. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved our afternoon at the Wetlands Centre! Playful otters, Southern Screechers and good coffee, what more could you hope for in London! Plenty of birds, quirky little hides with binoculars and a nice cafe. Interactive area for kids and a nice walkway throughout ! Lovely :)

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

So glad you enjoyed your visit. The otters are out enjoying the sunshine today - and so are we! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A delightful place to spend several hours in extensive grounds with a huge variety of bird life and a selection of hides. For the amateur bird lover and the expert birder. A lot of school groups but some areas are designated as free from school groups. Reasonable cafe - could be better - and good shop. Seeing the otters is... More 

Thank Douglas C
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The WWT is a great disappointment to me. They may well do a great job for wildfowl they could do more for birders. WWT Barnes is a good example. Barnes is a great birding site and there are plenty of well-placed hides. There is always a chance of seeing some ‘good birds’. I specifically went to see a Little Bittern... More 

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

I’m glad to hear that you come along to London Wetland Centre to enjoy the bird watching here. Our wardens and the volunteers work very hard to create the right environment for different species and are always delighted when their work pays off, not just for regular birds like the terns and ringed plovers but also rarities like the Little... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great day when in London a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city plenty to see and do for those who like wildlife with wetland birds butterflies and dragonflies a plenty and great for photography you can watch otters being fed daily good hides for viewing and nice peaceful walks great cafe and shop and for... More 

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

Glad you enjoyed your visit Mike. If you're here again this summer listen out for the marsh frogs too on a warm sunny afternoon - the noise they make is amazing! More 

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