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WWT London Wetland Centre

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Address: London Wetland Centre Queen Elizabeth 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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A wander round watching the wild birds is so relaxing. Excellent cafe and staff. Enjoyable and quiet surroundings away from the hustle and bustle of London

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A wander round watching the wild birds is so relaxing. Excellent cafe and staff. Enjoyable and quiet surroundings away from the hustle and bustle of London

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The other half and I walked all the way around the wetland centre and found so many nooks and crannies to simply stop and breathe whilst we watched the wildlife. There were plenty of places to sit, picnic and even an areas to hide from a shower if needed. There were so many generations enjoying the sunshine with lots of... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a joy to visit the wetland centre over the Easter holidays. The duck hunt was perfect for my 7 year old son. They have a fab playground and loads of interactive areas suitable for adults and children alike! I am so tempted to go back in the summer as it is a reasonable priced day out for anyone!

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Thank RDV89
Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit. The duck hunt is always popular at Easter and we always have family activities on during school holiday periods. More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband & I visited in March. We thoroughly enjoyed the long but easy walking trails and observing many exotic birds including Black Swans. We loved the otters. The cafe didn't look like much, so we wandered the neighborhood and had a wonderful lunch at the nearby Red Lion Pub.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not cheap to get in around £14. Essentially it is just a walk with a lot of ducks and very little else. Should be renamed the duck sanctuary. All it is really is a pleasant walk. Oh and a lot of children even on a Monday.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to wander round they had a special trail of dusty ducks to follow which was ideal for our 6 and 12 yr old grandchildren to do together! The sun was out so exercise learning and all routes covered and spectacular views of birds and London The food wasn't exactly cheap but not bad and of course rather busy... More 

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Reviewed 17 March 2017

It was my first visit here and it was a very enjoyable experience. I imagined it would be a small place but it was bigger then I imagined and it took a while to get around it. It's very fun learning about new birds and trying the hideouts. I even had a nice picnic there, the only sad thing was... More 

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

The kingfishers have been seen doing their courtship display, so I hope you're lucky next time Aiko! Last year they did successfully raise a brood. More 

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Try to go in the summer holidays - there are a lot of activities, such as 'fishing' and arts and crafts for the little ones. There are also walks you can take.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

I have visited many such places and I am a member of my local reserve. This by comparison was OK but not as good. To summarise, first the bad points: - It is expensive for a day visitor. £10 with gift aid should be the top price even for London. - Birds have their wings clipped in the 'artificial' areas.... More 

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Thank Ian L
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

So I visited the Wetland Centre on a whim. It was quite a far distance away from me and I had not heard about this place before and bear in mind its February, not fantastic weather!😊 This place turned out to be a joy. Loads and loads of bird wildlife and I definitely recommend the feeding tour, I dont know... More 

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

Thanks so much for your feedback and we're delighted you enjoyed your visit - and thanks for braving the cold to come and see us! As you say, the reason we have a limited captive collection of water birds is so our wardens can learn to rear and look after different species. For instance, WWT is helping to save birds... More 

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