WWT London Wetland Centre, London

4.4
#2 of 20 in Wildlife in London
Nature lovers will love a break from the noises of London at WWT London Wetland Centre, a haven for birds and other wildlife. Explore the exhibits at the visitor’s center to understand the animals that regularly stop at the sanctuary. The reserve sprawls for more than 40 hectares (100 acres) so enjoy a walk along its many paths. Along the way get close to ducks and other birds or dip your nets into the wetlands and see what creatures you can find. Visit the native plants in their natural gardens. If it’s a rainy day, participate in some of the planned activities at the Visitor’s Center. For travelers who use our world travel planner, London holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the WWT London Wetland Centre and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Really enjoyed our walk around this fabulous reserve. Loads for the kids to do around the centre. Fantastic bird hides looking down onto the birds.Love the wildflowers around the reserve too, really b...  more »
  • What a transformation since 1995. We did not quite know what to expect, but it is really stunning. As we visited in August there were not the migratory birds to see, but there was plenty to see all th...  more »
  • Just 10 mins from Hammersmith is an expansive wetland with very interesting birds, flowers, ponds, reed beds and other animals to look at. Great location for kids, but also a lovely escape from the ci...  more »
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  • I definitely liked this place, which is an oasis of wildlife close to the heart of London. There are incredibly beautiful birds and if you are a lover of birdwatching or just want to get into it, the London Wetland centre is the right place. What I really appreciated was the great accessibility, all premises were wheelchair friendly and it is perfect to spend some time with the family. There are several viewpoints where you can admire birds in their natural environment or areas which host rare bird species like the Hawaiian goose.
  • Always interesting and varied birds to see. Bitterns in the reeds in winter are a high point. Personally I find the non-native bird enclosures a bit theme park like and can't wait to get into the wilder parts. I wish they provided more information about how they are managing the planting, the lakes and ponds and the place as a whole. Many wetlands offer board walks and piers to let visitors get out onto the lakes but here the hides and paths are places at the margins and most of them don't let you feel you're really amongst wild creatures. Too many chattering parents with buggies ignoring the educational opportunities for their hapless infants. Too many telescope junkies more interested in talking loudly about their expensive kit to notice the wildlife. But what would you expect in the affluent inner suburbs? I still visit often though and the cafe, recently refurbished, does decent breakfasts!
  • Absolutely stunning place! You'll forget you're in London! Great place for all ages and the otters are so sweet. So much to explore you could spend hours here
  • We had our wedding ceremony in the thatched hut last weekend, it was so so beautiful - everything we could have asked for! The staff were wonderful and incredibly efficient. We opted for a guided tour before the ceremony and the guy who led it was brilliant, jokey and enthusiastic about the great things that have been achieved at the wetland centre! Really recommend visiting (we're locals and it's a great day out any time of year). They've got a barbecue on Saturday's at the moment and there's really nice ice cream in the courtyard cafe; I think all of our guests had some during the guided tour!
  • It is a very nice area and the environments are varied as if they were continents. You can't really hear too much traffic from outside and it is reasonably peaceful. I think it is quite expensive so decided to get a membership. For a day trip I could only give this place 4* due to the price but if you intend to go on more than two occasions over the year then it is value for money with a membership.

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