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WWT London Wetland Centre, London

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Wildlife Area
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. Arrange your visit to WWT London Wetland Centre and discover more family-friendly attractions in London using our London travel itinerary maker.
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  • 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 ch...  more »
  • 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 w...  more »
  • 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 child...  more »
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  • Great place to take the kids. Over the last year WWT have really improved their family offering. You can do pond dipping, nature craft, wild life walks, animal top trumps and make use of their great play which has a great wet area which is opened up in summer months. Quite expensive as a one off visit but good value with an annual pass.
  • The WWT London Wetland Centre is very disappointing. The vast majority of the park is an enormous marsh that you can only really see from an observatory on the far edge. There are several smaller ponds for exotic ducks and geese but you can easily see them in an hour or so. Several of them were empty. There are a few other features, like some Asian Small Claw Otters, but you can see those at any zoo. You can't feed any of the waterfowl. They have a cafe onsite but it managed to feel simultaneously clinical and grimy, we didn't even look at the prices. The Centre was practically empty for a Saturday morning in summer, which is unsurprising - there's nothing here for anyone except for dedicated bird watchers who want to sit in a hide for hours on end with some binoculars and a thermos. I'm sure even dedicated bird watchers are probably scared off by the hefty entry prices. If you want to go to a good wetlands centre, try the WWT centre in Arundel. Far more exotic waterfowl, you can feed them and that park runs a guided boat tour of their wetland.
  • This is a lovely place to have a long nice walk with your kids, or even by yourself. It has nice facilities, games for kids, it makes you feel like you left the big city. The prices are not cheap, but you can become a member and get better prices. Hopefully soon we are going to create a team building there.
  • Excellent place for a day out. You can get here by public transport or car (plenty of parking). Fantastic for kids with lots of activities - well worth a visit.
  • Something for everyone here - especially when the sun is shining. Varied habitats - ponds, flowers, easy walking, viewable wildfowl for kids to get close to and wild birds with hides and viewing towers. All this with important funding going to conservation projects in the UK and abroad. Maybe it isn't cheap at about £13 entrance for an adult but if you have the chance to stay in the UK and like nature, get a membership for £48 and make it your excuse to visit their other centres around he country eg Slimbridge being the most famous but there are others! I'll cry dimly be going again - and again. Very reasonable canteen if you want to break the day up. And you can pick up a present for the family in the shop on the way out. The setting is beautiful and it might be a popular place to have functions as there was a wedding party there on my visit.