Nature & Wildlife Areas in London

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Nature & Wildlife Areas in London

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1. Hampstead Heath

4.5 of 5 bubbles1,765
Parks

sightingsarah
By sightingsarah
Amazing park! Fantastic views and always something to see.

2. WWT London Wetland Centre

4.5 of 5 bubbles680
Nature & Wildlife AreasEast End / East London

judithmM1795OH
By judithmM1795OH
Great for bird watching, with helpful guides and other birders sharing sightings.

3. Soho Square

4.0 of 5 bubbles162
ParksSoho

therichastill
By therichastill
The nearest Tube station is Tottenham Court Road which is served by the Central and Northern Lines as well as the Eli...

4. Lee Valley Regional Park

4.0 of 5 bubbles108
Nature & Wildlife Areas

26428
By 26428
Thank you Safety team 👏 Immy was our instructor; she was a super instructor on our 4 week course, observant to us as...
CemeteriesEast End / East London

keithh224
By keithh224
Tower Hamlets Cemetery is now a Park & a Nature Reserve with excellent work being done by The Friends of Tower Hamlet...

6. Walthamstow Wetlands

4.0 of 5 bubbles79
Nature & Wildlife Areas

Petmoy
By Petmoy
All in all a very pleasant surprise Wildlife spot.

7. Oxleas Wood

4.5 of 5 bubbles29
Parks

O8277SAsandrah
By O8277SAsandrah
Lots of well marked paths to follow - we've followed several on each of our visits.

8. Highgate Wood

4.0 of 5 bubbles32
Parks

LONDON_ROBS_1
By LONDON_ROBS_1
In summer its fantastic to find a quiet shaded area to read or relax totally immersed in the forest and little city...
Nature & Wildlife Areas

chrisdodd4
By chrisdodd4
After walking through Peckham Rye Park and Brenchley Gardens, I arrived at the bottom of One Tree Hill, as you can see...

10. Cannizaro Park

4.5 of 5 bubbles15
Nature & Wildlife Areas

227ianc
By 227ianc
In addition to the extensive woodlands, there are a number of different gardens such as the Italian Garden, the Rose...

11. Woodberry Wetlands

4.5 of 5 bubbles28
Nature & Wildlife Areas

lovefish74
By lovefish74
We live in N8, so jumped on the bus and headed to the wetlands and had a very relaxing time walking and watching the...
Parks

Thomas-GenevieveH
By Thomas-GenevieveH
There are so many small ponds with water fowl and species of trees/plants, you cant help but forget that you are in t...

13. Gunnersbury Triangle

5.0 of 5 bubbles9
Nature & Wildlife Areas

Chiswick_Unicorn
By Chiswick_Unicorn
Literally opposite Chiswick Park tube, it’s a forest escape in London. There are multiple habitats to explore with...

Llewellyn2003
By Llewellyn2003
Nestled by Arsenal London Underground station, Gillespie Park is a picturesque woodland and park, sculptures, wildlife...

15. Mile End Park

4.5 of 5 bubbles8
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Taxidevil
By Taxidevil
The mile end park is long and thin and runs along side the Regent's canal. It is very pleasant and has distinct "areas...
Parks

GarethP81
By GarethP81
South Norwood Country Park is a 50 hectare stretch of countryside and parkland bounded by Croydon Sports Arena, the...
Farms

natashakJ6214XU
By natashakJ6214XU
Followed the path to meet the goats, sheep, cow (Shirley), pigs (Wilbur and Betty) who were fast asleep.

18. Manor House Gardens

5.0 of 5 bubbles4
Gardens

RealDS
By RealDS
The Manor House, the green, the pond, the tennis courts & a football/basketball court. It’s very peaceful but expect to...

19. Russia Dock Woodland

4.5 of 5 bubbles6
Nature & Wildlife Areas

227ianc
By 227ianc
We were on a walk from Rotherhithe down through the docks and green spaces to Greenland Dock, which remains as a large...
Parks

gonzocbr
By gonzocbr
The church is beautiful with large, left to nature grounds. Not sure if it's the time we went, but we only saw a couple...

21. Barnes Green

4.0 of 5 bubbles6
Parks

rayrest
By rayrest
Barnes green is a medium sized green area with trees and grass areas with a good sized pond. The pond has an island in...

22. Arnos Park

4.0 of 5 bubbles1
Nature & Wildlife Areas
ParksIslington

24. John Innes Park

5.0 of 5 bubbles1
Parks

227ianc
By 227ianc
It was demolished in 1821 and the estate split up. St Mary's Church, Merton Park, dates back to the 12th century and...
Nature & Wildlife Areas

leuveen
By leuveen
Quiet and full of greenery, it's a really nice place to go to if you are in the area....
Nature & Wildlife Areas

MedEngland
By MedEngland
This reservoir is now a Nature Reserve running parallel to the River Thames, between Barnes Bridge Railway Station and...

27. Walthamsow Reservoirs

5.0 of 5 bubbles1
Nature & Wildlife Areas

LovelyOnyx
By LovelyOnyx
The Walthamstow Reservois are located half way between Tottenham Hale (Victoria line and National Rail) and Blackhorse...

28. ArtsCafe

5.0 of 5 bubbles1
Nature & Wildlife Areas
ParksIslington
Nature & Wildlife Areas

31. Queen's Meadow

4.0 of 5 bubbles2
Parks

968nicholash
By 968nicholash
The aim is to restore bio-diversity in places where modern life has decimated the previous rich plant heritage. The...
Nature & Wildlife Areas

colemanm2015
By colemanm2015
The park is essentially a linear walk surrounded with trees and bushes. We saw no birds except a few gulls. The...

What travelers are saying

  • Jo k
    Wellington, New Zealand50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love Hampstead Heath. Have walked on there since the 1970's and it is not only beautiful but a great stress reliever. Also, there are the bathing ponds. Hampstead Ladies pond is unique, and ,although the water is murky, it feels clean and refreshing.
    Written July 5, 2024
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  • Ozan D
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went there with my girlfriend to look st birds and it didn't disappoint! I was a little worried that is was a thing exclusively for kids and it would be weird if a couple in their thirties showed up but no, it's a nice nature reserve filled to the brim with wildlife and 80 year old bird experts. One of them let me look at a rare something-something giblet through his binoculars which I wouldn't even know was a rare bird if he hadn't told me. So yeah, not to brag but we saw the rare giblet (or maybe it was goblet). Also I think I saw a Warer vole. At least I hope it was a water vole and not a rat. I have a phobia for rats and freak out every time I see a rat but my gf ensured me that it must have been a water vole so that's cool!

    Also on the south trail we saw (again not to brag) a friggin marsh frog! Awesome. We also had a little booklet where we crossed off the different animals we saw. I couldn't find the something giblet/goblet on the list but it's such a rare bird they probably didn't count on us seeing one. We also saw lots of cool ducks and stuff, not just animals that seem made up by me. Here let me count how many birds we saw real quick: 23 birds on the list + the goblet, 2 types of frogs and the rat, I mean water vole. So yeah. 10/10 trip!
    Written July 21, 2024
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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada7,822 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a nice square with a gazebo and plenty of benches in the West End area. There are many good restaurants and shops nearby and you could grab a seat to enjoy your food here. We spent about 10 minutes here but could see us spending a lot more time here if we chose to sit and eat or read a book. There is also a statue of Charles II here. The closest metro is Tottenham Court Road and there are many busses that go through the area as well.
    Written July 1, 2024
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  • St_Matty
    Houston, TX5,697 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is nice to have an area like this just around the corner from you, where you can go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air. There are plenty of different trails and wide open spaces, you can even walk along the canal path and see the barges.
    The area is very clean and well kept, there is a cafe between Edmonton and Tottenham Hale if you want to stop for a break. Plenty of people go to walk their dogs there. It is a good place to get away from city life.
    I only have one negative observation, people come here to enjoy the peace and quiet, but there were people cycling around with music on extremely loud, spoiling it for others.
    Written May 15, 2022
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  • keith h
    Chesham, UK1,171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to be gained from a visit , be it nature in the form of trees , plants , birds & insect life or interesting tombstones to be found - some commemorating people of local repute & interest.
    Tower Hamlets Cemetery is now a Park & a Nature Reserve with excellent work being done by The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Charity staff & volunteers.
    I first visited last year whilst exploring places of interest in the area & ended up staying & exploring for quite a while.
    Whilst it seems that the Park is an oasis in this built up area , you can , in fact, if you have the time & inclination , walk from Victoria Park , onto the Regent's Canal , into Mile End Ecological Park & cut across the green connecting strip of Ackroyd Drive to reach it , so keeping clear of roads & shops.
    This time I visited on purpose & enjoyed roaming around the pathways , admiring the Spring flowers & blossoms & it was a very relaxing experience.
    If you decide to visit , both Mile End & Bow tube stations are handily near.
    Not many people about at the time of my visit ; a few dog walkers & the odd couple enjoying the Spring sunshine.
    The Cemetery first opened in 1841 & is one of " The Magnificent Seven " created by the Victorians in answer to the shortage of burial space. These cemeteries ring London & are all of interest , the most famous being Highgate.
    Tower Hamlets Cemetery closed to burials in 1966.
    Written April 21, 2023
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  • Sarah
    Cardiff, UK7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place with some gorgeous birds, including a bold as brass kingfisher and lots of waterfowl.
    Cafe has tasty food, shop is a bit small for how impressive the building is but nice stuff. Staff friendly but not in your face, they wait for you to approach them.
    Written February 5, 2023
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  • Michael M
    London, UK27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of London's hidden gem! It is amazing to find such a magical woodland so close to the city. This is a wild woods listed as an ancient woodlands, which means it is some 8,000 years old. We go almost everyday, and it is good for the soul.
    Written April 21, 2024
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  • GC
    Wakefield, UK3,031 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited here while staying with family who live in Muswell Hill. Lovely wood among the hustle and bustle of London. Didn’t realise that there is a memorial bench for Sean Hughes here. Very poignant.
    Written June 27, 2023
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  • iamface
    Aberdeen, UK1,727 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    inside the greenwich park and easy to reach that was a peaceful place and very good view from hill top but seem that not only one tree.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • Velanni
    London, UK16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely park with plenty of shady trees and bench seating. Perfect for picnicking or spending a sunny afternoon in the middle of the nature.
    Written November 15, 2021
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  • Mark P
    Hampshire, UK1,751 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem. Open every day and free to enter. A lap takes about 15 minutes to walk around. Plenty of birds to see.

    Nice looking cafe although I did not use it.

    Recommended green space to relax in.
    Written January 21, 2024
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  • Mathieu D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views of London overlooking canary wharf, the city and Tower Bridge and even London Eye. Worth a small detour if are in the vicinity
    Written October 19, 2023
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  • Layla D
    London, UK45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely spot to spot frogs and other wildlife right in the centre of Chiswick. We had a lovely time exploring even in the rain. Recommend if you live in the area
    Written March 14, 2022
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  • Llewellyn
    119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nestled by Arsenal London Underground station, Gillespie Park is a picturesque woodland and park, sculptures, wildlife and security make for a great visit. I like that there is a dog free area and this is made clear. There are unusual varieties of squirrells and the woodlands offer shelter in case of inclement weather. More benches would be an improvement.
    Written June 19, 2021
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  • Akroken
    22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small supermarket with all you need, urgently or for your daily shopping. Nice staff and easy to check out through the self service cashier.
    Written March 8, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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