WWT London Wetland Centre
WWT London Wetland Centre
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Marion M
    2 contributions
    A wonderful place
    and an oasis of nature right in the city. We enjoyed the amazing and colourful vegetation as well as the wildlife. There are paths and trails for relaxing strolls, accompanied by the song and calls of the residents, and several spacious hides to shelter from the rain or sun or just sit and observe what the birds are up to. There is plenty of information everywhere to help identify what you might spot. We also had fun watching the otters. Well worth a visit and easy to reach by public transport, being a short walk away from two train stations and several buses stopping nearby.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • pete
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom35 contributions
    Great day out
    I chose a day with nice weather to visit the Wetland centre and had a really great time. I forgot to bring my binoculars, but it’s possible to hire them on arrival. In bad weather it is possible to shelter in the hides, but this might reduce your enjoyment. The staff were very helpful and informative. The food in the restaurant was also good and reasonably priced- but beware of the pigeons if eating outside! The place has lots for young children and the otter feeding is not to be missed whatever your age.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Judith M
    4 contributions
    A great day out
    Another brilliant day out at Barnes. Great for bird watching, with helpful guides and other birders sharing sightings. Food options are good and reasonably priced, with plenty of seating despite it being busy. We will definitely be back again!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • SKALondon
    London, United Kingdom2,183 contributions
    Consider membership
    The otter enclosure is being worked on. Check if that’s something you want to see. No bittern but our life membership - we started on annual - helps conservation and nothing paid today. You wouldn’t think you are in London. Want somewhere to walk around - accessible paths, free parking and staff and volunteers happy to give information. Want more serious birding but can’t get out of London or want to make the most of the time available to you there are different habitats and go through the collection to the Wildside and it’s more wild. We’ve seen bittern, who’d have thought in London. Not today but we heard water rail and saw half a dozen grey herons. It’s expensive, (but is it really?) for a single visit but check out membership. A visit in each season and it pays for itself and you support conservation.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
  • Love and laughter 😍
    London, United Kingdom299 contributions
    Beautiful day to be immersed in nature…
    Really enjoyed my visit there today having read about it in “London Parks” by Hunter Davies. The otter feeding was magical to watch and the staff were fantastic! Great selection of reasonably priced gifts and had a delicious dinner in the cafe. Would highly recommend especially during the week when it’s nice and peaceful ❤️
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 November 2023
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Love and laughter 😍
London, UK299 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Really enjoyed my visit there today having read about it in “London Parks” by Hunter Davies. The otter feeding was magical to watch and the staff were fantastic! Great selection of reasonably priced gifts and had a delicious dinner in the cafe. Would highly recommend especially during the week when it’s nice and peaceful ❤️
Written 28 November 2023
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SKALondon
London, UK2,183 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The otter enclosure is being worked on. Check if that’s something you want to see.

No bittern but our life membership - we started on annual - helps conservation and nothing paid today.

You wouldn’t think you are in London. Want somewhere to walk around - accessible paths, free parking and staff and volunteers happy to give information.

Want more serious birding but can’t get out of London or want to make the most of the time available to you there are different habitats and go through the collection to the Wildside and it’s more wild. We’ve seen bittern, who’d have thought in London. Not today but we heard water rail and saw half a dozen grey herons.

It’s expensive, (but is it really?) for a single visit but check out membership. A visit in each season and it pays for itself and you support conservation.
Written 5 November 2023
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John R
London, UK228 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
What an amazing place. You would never know you were in London. From the outset we were greeted by extremely friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff. The entire Wetlands Site is very well organised and has great facilities. A number of 'Hides' are located throughout the centre and from inside each of these you get great views of the wildlife. Two of the 'Hides' are multi-storey so you can get almost an overhead view. Inside them are also lots of educational posters and books. On the multi-level buildings
are lifts and staff are around to assist. Brilliant stuff. To cover the entire site, which we did, involves a fair amount of walking and we were pleased to see lots of benches, and some swing-chairs all around the place. Made the walk really easy. Other facilities include several very clean toilet blocks, places to eat and playgrounds for the kids. One place to visit on your walkabout is the 'Down the Plughole' exhibit. A real eye-opener. The 'Wild Walk' is great for the kids but adults will need nerves of steel and a great sense of balance, I will say no more! A 'must-see' is the feeding of the otters which takes place twice a day but they are worth seeing even when not being fed. Parking is free, although you must not forget to type-in your car registration number on arrival at Reception. We spent the entire day here and will undoubtedly visit again in the future. Highly recommended to everyone.
Written 8 October 2023
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GlobetrotterNL83
Greater London, UK1,018 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Glad we got a discount with our train tickets as the entry price is quite high.
We arrived just before 2pm which was good timing for the otter feeding which was the highlight of our visit. We enjoyed the talk from Scarlet and seeing the 2 otters. We also enjoyed the lookout Tower.
The grounds are well maintained and there are several hides to visit with books and binoculars available, but there isn't much more to see than a wide variety of ducks .
Clean facilities and decent gift shop on site.
Written 2 October 2023
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Jenny S
2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
DO NOT CHOOSE TO HAVE YOUR WEDDING HERE. Sadly we had a terrible experience and bitterly regret choosing this venue. There was a litany of errors - incompetent, untrained staff, tables not laid, a different menu, to that chosen of poor quality was served, guest doused in gravy, bad tempered barmaid charging for drinks despite there being a tab, wedding cake layer missed out, microphones not working for the speeches, lifts not working and so it goes on. I could write another page and a half.

To sum up: IF YOU WANT TO WASTE YOUR MONEY AND RUIN YOUR SPECIAL DAY - THIS IS THE PLACE.
Written 28 September 2023
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Devonshire lass62
Greater London, UK10 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Such a beautiful place especially on a sunny day, Love the open space and freedom for families to wander. Kids especially loved the otters. Only issue was not being made aware of play area closing times until we arrived there-10minutes after we got there. Granddaughter fell in love with the dragonflies seen from the hideout
Written 17 September 2023
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JG
London, UK11 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
Well, it's not value for money at all. Entry is almost £15, the price should be half that, in my opinion, and they'd probably be a lot busier. The welcome desk staff assume you know where you're going after paying, which is odd and for a map they charge another £3.50 (I mean seriously - I'd just paid £15). If you're not a bird enthusiast it really is just like walking through a well maintained woodland with some ducks and other birds. There are two otters in an outdoor enclosure (there is no guarantee to see the otters outside feeding time) but that is it. The cafe prices are just laughable and food is very limited - £2.85 for a small bottle of water etc.
Written 5 September 2023
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Judith M
4 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Another brilliant day out at Barnes. Great for bird watching, with helpful guides and other birders sharing sightings. Food options are good and reasonably priced, with plenty of seating despite it being busy.
We will definitely be back again!
Written 5 September 2023
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Alice
2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Our experience with this wedding venue has been completely and utterly terrible. From the outset, communication was abysmal, and the disorganisation was evident both in the lead-up to the event and on the actual day. The staff displayed a shocking lack of competence, and it became painfully clear that due care and attention were not priorities.

I deeply regret choosing this venue for my wedding. The entire journey, from planning to execution, was marred by issues. The food was subpar and inedible. What's more disheartening is the conspicuous lack of support we received throughout the process. There were no notes on file with details about our wedding, and last-minute staff changes resulted in a flustered hand-over meeting the night before our wedding!! During this meeting, we were unexpectedly tasked with providing every single detail about our day. It was a deeply emotional experience, when visibly very set-up about the situation unfolding in-front of me, that was no fault of my own but with WWT, I was told I could cancel my wedding. The disorganisation of WWT rendered the months of planning, money spent and anticipation utterly futile, further compounded by the inadequate communication we had experienced up to that point.

I've taken the time to submit an official investigation to WWT in the hope that no other couple has to endure the ordeal my partner and I experienced. Regrettably, I DO NOT RECOMMEND this venue to anyone for their special day. The team lacks the acumen required to hold weddings and provide the exceptional service that such occasions demand. If I had the chance to redo everything, I would unquestionably choose a different venue.
Written 31 August 2023
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pete
Edinburgh, UK35 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
I chose a day with nice weather to visit the Wetland centre and had a really great time. I forgot to bring my binoculars, but it’s possible to hire them on arrival. In bad weather it is possible to shelter in the hides, but this might reduce your enjoyment. The staff were very helpful and informative.
The food in the restaurant was also good and reasonably priced- but beware of the pigeons if eating outside!
The place has lots for young children and the otter feeding is not to be missed whatever your age.
Written 26 August 2023
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