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“Brilliant but packing our lunch next time!”

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Burscough
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Brilliant but packing our lunch next time!”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

Plenty to do at the centre for children and adults alike as it has a large play area, craft area, canoes, pond dipping (although restricted to specific times - check the board at the entrance for times!) as well as a lovely long walk through different areas with birds native to different regions of the world (America, Europe, Africa etc). Volunteers and staff are very polite, friendly and enthusiastic about the conservation of the wetlands and are obviously passionate about the centre. Plenty of parking space and nice gift shop. The only real downside was the cafe, which is very expensive. The quality of the food also does not match up to the pricing at all, as it was very basic, for example the children had sausage and chips which were chip shop style sausages and bought-in frozen chips. This would not usually be a problem, unless you are paying nearly £6 for a side plate with 2 sausages and a handful of chips. Definitely bring your own food and drink if you decide to come to this otherwise lovely place.

Visited August 2014
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English first
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Bird lovers”
Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Great visit as always. Lots of birds to see at close quarters in relatively "wild" enclosures. Excellent for photography.
Better to visit in winter however - less noisy children rushing around and greater number and variety of wild birds on the marshes.
Good facilities but cafe a bit disappointing. Expensive and service poor and slow.
Good day out for young and old.

Visited August 2014
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great place but take a picnic”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

Loved most of our visit, especially as it was downy duckling week.
Loved the boat tour. Good clean toilets dotted around, very handy when visiting with children. Nice gift shop.

The cafe proved very expensive and the food wasn't that good considering how much we'd paid. For 4 adults and 3 children it cost nearly £50 and 2 of the children shared a meal. I wouldn't eat there again because of the cost.

Visited June 2014
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good place for children”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

I have not visited here for a long time, was very surprised how much work had been done, great play area and plenty of parking spaces, went on canoes but thought £6 was quite expensive. . Make sure you take plenty of food and drinks as prices are extremely expensive considering it's an attraction for children !!

Visited August 2014
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London, England, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“visit to Martin Mere”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

Went there last weekend; what an absolute treat! Fabulous birds, some common species such as mallards and coots, but also a staggering collection of birds from all over the world. There are sections "North America", "Africa" etc with bird species from those areas and there is also a very helpful guidebook. which has pictures of the birds so they are easily identifiable. I am sure that we didn't get to see all of it and one of the hides was closed but this is definitely somewhere to be visited again and again. Stunning.

Visited August 2014
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