WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

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WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
4.5
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre is a multi-award winning visitor attraction set within 800 acres of wild reserve. WWT Slimbridge has a Gold accreditation from Visit England and received a silver award for Accessibility and Inclusion at the South West Tourism Awards. The centre consists of a collection of birds, mammals, amphibians, play areas, restaurant, gift shop and several interactive conservation exhibits including a walk through aviary, theatre, museum and accommodation. There is a nature reserve and for keen bird watchers there are several bird hides including the accessible Estuary Tower with stunning views across the Severn Estuary. WWT Slimbridge offers a fantastic day out for all the family. There are events and activities running throughout the year including canoe safari in the summer. WWT (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust) is the leading wetland conservation charity. We’re working to create a world where healthy wetland nature thrives and enriches lives.
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Amanda T
Sutton Courtenay, UK56 contributions
Couples
Fantastic day out! We got there as the doors opened and left just 30 minutes before closure. Lots of birds to see even though many of them were still safely tucked away because of the bird flu break out, it was good to see disinfectant mats at the entrances and exits to keep the other birds safe. I’ve seen some reviews on here about the restaurant which are quite recent, and would agree that the choices were limited, and the service was really slow. As a result we left the main restaurant and found somewhere else further in where we got hot food and a drink which were spot on. The highlight of the day was the safari, which was hosted by a very knowledgeable man called David, for the additional small fee per person it was by far worth every penny. I’d recommend Slimbridge to one and all, disabled access is good and there’s a huge play area for children.
Written May 1, 2022
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Good afternoon and thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed such a full day out with us and particularly enjoyed the Wild Safari. Thank you for recommending us and we hope to see you again soon. We will pass on your feedback regarding our restaurant also. Kind regards,
Written May 2, 2022
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Don
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK1 contribution
Family
Only spoilt by the awful restaurant menu. It seems to be so focused on vegetarians that they’re not bothering with meat eaters hardly at all. Ok, there is fish and chips, but that’s not meat. The prices are eye watering too. There are inexpensive meals for small children, but if you’re taking a teen family, you’d better take sandwiches. The staff are nice and helpful, tables etc all good, just the food options that are both ridiculous and pricy. It really needs to be food to suit a range of tastes and budgets. One tip, whilst the pizzas were soggy (when we had them) and not to be recommended, they are at least huge so can be shared between two or three.

That said, the rest is awesome. The bird collection is wonderful and whilst there are unusual birds from around the world the opportunity to see rare UK birds that are hard to find in the wild is wonderful and so close up too!

The wild nature reserve aspect of slimbridge is very impressive. The estuary tower gives an excellent view of areas popular with the birds as do the Zeiss and Duck hides in particular. The volunteers, who are stationed in some of the hides, are very helpful and knowledgeable. My son spotted something unusual from the Zeiss hide and the helpful volunteer guide was able to advise it was a rare Glossy Ibis. A real treat!

The hide looking at a bank where kingfishers nest is a chance for the patient to see kingfishers leaving the nest. After the kingfishers being scared off last year (they abandoned the nest) the windows in the hide are fixed shut which is good thinking so folk still get a chance to see a kingfisher with less disturbance to the birds.

A magical place just spoilt but the appalling menu at the restaurant.
Written April 17, 2022
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Good afternoon and thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed our bird collection and were impressed by our wild reserve also. We hope to welcome you back during another season so you can see even more wildlife and explore other areas such as our Wild Safari and Summer Walkway. Thank you for your feedback regarding our menu, we have increased our vegetarian offer due to high demand and our prices have altered in line with the rising cost of food. We will pass on your feedback to our senior management team. Kind regards
Written April 19, 2022
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negativecamber
Broadway, UK325 contributions
We have been to Slimbridge before but a long while ago but thought as we went in November before the Summer would be good. I have to say it was even better than before a lot more to see and do, we are Pensioners but going during School holidays maybe not so good. I have to say there is so much more for Families with Children they were all so well behaved. There are many interactive projects for the Children I would recommend Families to go. As Pensioners there was also plenty to see of the many wetland Birds, & we were able to walk out to the different hides & enjoyed the Summer Walk out to the Severn Estuary even seeing Cranes out there. The is a cafe/restaurant there where we had lunch very reasonably priced & very good Altogether we spent nearly 6 hours there so that speaks for itself.
Written August 6, 2021
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Thank you for writing a review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit to us. I'm glad you got the most out of your visit to us and enjoyed a full day visit. You may wish to consider membership if you visit a few times a year as it's very reasonably priced and gives you access to all 10 WWT sites across the country. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Sammi
Written August 9, 2021
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Michelle
England, UK4 contributions
Lovely day out as usual! We’ve been members on and off over the years, but still enjoy our visits as much as ever. Lovely walks through the birds and the play facilities are better than most - Welly boot land for younger kids to paddle and play, plus an adventure playground. I have taken one star off because the cafe needs to lighter lunches, not just large pizzas and fish and chips etc which are not that cheap. Sandwiches, toasties, jacket potatoes would be ideal. Also, there are big queues for ice creams and coffees, so an extra outlet in the summer would be better.
Written August 18, 2021
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Hello, thank you for writing a review about your visit to us. I'm glad you had a lovely time and thanks for your comments about the catering offer. I will send that back to our senior management team. We hope to see you again. Kind regards, Sammi
Written August 19, 2021
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KM2022
Nottingham, UK48 contributions
Family
Excellent outdoor space for visiting with families. Unfortunately due to the Bird Flu there were limited birds to see to protect them but for the children was still the 2 main outdoor play areas which are throughly enjoyed. Indoor play is very very small so I’d personally resist visiting if intending to stay there for too long (limited seating too). The restaurant gets very busy and ran out of nearly every quicker option at the time we visited but that maybe as it hadn’t been long reopened and staff are out of practice. It was an enjoyable 2 hour visit anyway and locals can get membership to come back in better weather.
Written April 11, 2022
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Thank you for your review, I'm glad you enjoyed your day with us. Thank you for the feedback, we will pass this on to our senior management team to try and improve in areas including the catering. Although some of the birds are currently housed due to restrictions, there are so many more ones to see. We hope to see you again for another visit this year. Kind regards, Sammi
Written April 13, 2022
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Alison G
Gloucester, UK51 contributions
Solo
I joined a month ago and have visited every week.
A fantastic restful place to walk even in the school holidays there are places you can go to escape the noise and birdwatch.
Great value for money and a lovely place to take children.
My only criticism is the restaurant, it’s a beautiful building with so much potential but £5 for a sandwich is expensive and there are often only a couple left. There only seems to be one till open and the queues can be very long which is disappointing as I do like to have a bit of lunch.
Written August 2, 2022
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Thank you so much for your lovely review and for supporting WWT. We are so pleased you have been able to make use of it so much already! Thank you for your feedback regarding our catering. We are just rolling out a new updated menu with a wider selection including premium sandwiches and seasonal dishes, so we do hope that you are able to enjoy this. Kind regards,
Written August 11, 2022
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,609 contributions
Much of interest to fill several hours

Entrance is pricey but if you live locally (or near other WWT sites) then membership is probably a better deal.

The site offers a useful mix between captive and wild birds. There is a decent level of interpretation but either paper maps need to be available or more signage around the site. (Yes, we photographed the map but that is too awkward to use.)

The kingfisher restaurant is pricey: the menu is limited and the coffee weak. The panini need more cooking - they were flabby, almost soggy - but they were tasty
Written October 26, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I'm so pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable day with us. Thank you for the feedback regarding catering, I will send your feedback to the senior management team. Kind regards, Sammi
Written November 1, 2021
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Sue Y
gloucestershire6 contributions
Excellent walks and new talks in arena and Hawaiian gardens, could not fault outdoors but best to avoid restaurant.
The restaurant has limited food only does main meals, which I thought we're overpriced, no sandwiches, soup etc so ended up with pizza which was awful and had no salad garnish just a margarita pizza for £8.95 looked on a plate which was edible just. I am vegetarian and really not catered for. For the number of visitors they really need to up their menu, it seems less are the main get they even do children's spaghetti with less , really?

So the wetlands is amazing could not fault it , so let's hope the restaurant can match in future.
Written August 8, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review a review of your visit. I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed the walks and talks and the new Mission Possible exhibit. Thank you for the feedback about the restaurant, I will pass that back to the senior management team. Kind regards, Sammi
Written August 9, 2021
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greenprincess222
Pembrokeshire, UK493 contributions
Couples
Had a lovely just over half day here. The exhibits are amazing particularly the Hawaiian one and the one with the egrets. The member of staff working around the egrets exhibit went above and beyond to help us. The restaurant does gluten free bases however the tomato sauce was a bit acidly. The people in the shop were great and held the card machine so I could see it in a wheelchair - most places don’t do this so thank you for being inclusive.
The place is wheelchair accessible however there are some lips that are difficult to navigate in a wheelchair particularly in gateways and entrance to the second building in Hawaii exhibit. If these were sorted then it would be great for wheelchair users.
We went on the canoe safari which you paid an extra £10 per canoe for an hour. Again the staff went above and beyond to help me get in with my limited mobility.
Shop sold insect repellant and a cooling spray which was much needed after visits elsewhere.
Otter talk and feed was also great.
Overall a good day - we only booked the slot in the morning.
Written August 28, 2021
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Thank you taking the time to write a review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit to us and found it easy to get around. Thank you so much for the feedback about the wheelchair accessibility in the new Mission Possible exhibit, that's really helpful and I will give that information to the senior management team. I'm so pleased that you got to experience the canoe safari and enjoyed that. We hope to see you again soon and we will endeavour to make Slimbridge as accessible as possible. Kind regards, Sammi
Written September 3, 2021
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sjf_1982
Mansfield, UK24 contributions
Family
Great wetlands centre, lots to see and do. Great information boards telling you about the birds. Bird feed available to buy to feed the ducks/swans etc. Lots of different areas to walk through. Only eighth disappointment was the cafe, very limited menu, especially for children but the food we had was nice and fairly priced. Will definitely return!
Written May 8, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review. We are so pleased to hear you had a lovely day out with us. And thank you for your feedback on our cafe - I will feed this back to the senior management team. We hope to welcome you back soon so you can enjoy a full day with us. Kind regards,
Written May 9, 2022
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WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM