WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
WWT Martin Mere is located in Burscough, near Southport in West Lancashire. Enjoy splashing, playing, paddling and getting up close and personal with some of nature’s most wonderful wildlife. Living collection: Martin Mere has over 70 wetland species from across the globe. Take a walk around the amazing scenery and see flamingos, otters, spoonbills, common cranes, southern screamers, and a wide variety of ducks, geese and swans. Nature reserve: With 11 hides and 2 viewing screens, witness the courting of birds in the spring, raptors hunting in the summer, migration of pink-footed geese in the autumn, and the unforgettable honking of the whooper swans in the winter. Activities for all of the family: Explore our waters with our Canoe Safari, visit our craft room, hand-feed our birds, play on the HUGE adventure playground, and take part in pond dipping sessions. With activities and events throughout the year, there are plenty of reasons to keep coming back!
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Hazbean18
    67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A favourite WWT site
    We are members of the WWT and have visited here before but, when in the area, we like to return. This is one of the best WWT places we have visited, it is so easy to put a day in here with all the walks etc. So much to see, it does cover quite an area of wetlands and paths. Of course, it helps, if the weather is good. We will return next time we are in the area.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Leigh W
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Treasured experience
    We came here on a playscheme with some children with special needs from Leisure for Autism. We decided a few of them would probably enjoy going on the canoes. A lovely young lad Dylan was amazing and outstanding with us all. His passion for his job shone through and he was so friendly, patient, understanding and fun. This made our experience even better than we could of imagined. So massive pat on the back for that young lad!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 10 August 2023
  • SallyO85
    Liverpool, United Kingdom319 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hide and seek
    Superb birdwatching visit today after a long absence. Delighted to discover two new bird hides. However there were no signposts and we had to ask other birders how to get to them. We are members and absolutely love this reserve. The atmosphere out on the reserve , particularly on the reed walk and far flung corners is so peaceful and wild and beautiful. The noise of the wind in the reeds is probably my favourite sound ever. Full marks for the new hides and paths. Please just make sure they are adequately signposted so others can find them. Chuffed to see wood sandpiper and green sandpiper today.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
  • valerie b
    Preston, United Kingdom72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely visit with an excellent lunch
    Always a lovely place to visit at any time of the year.It is wonderful to witness the Swan Feed . We had an excellent lunch in the Cafe before visiting other areas and the hides. Our lunch was reasonably priced, good value and well presented. Mark who was managing the cafe was on top of his game, everywhere was clean and nothing was left unattended. Plates, cups etc were removed speedily and table cleaned. A first class service and Mark is an asset to the Centre. We enjoyed our visit and will return soon.
    Thank you for your kind review, Valeria. We're pleased you've enjoyed your visit and we will let Mark know about his excellent feedback!
    Written 2 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 January 2024
  • Alexandra R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful family afternoon
    What an absolutely fantastic day we had today at Martin Mere. A huge thank you to Rus and Sue on the main desk who just went above and beyond to help with accessibility for my 2 elderly parents, and also, I noticed, everybody else who approached them. (Visit 27/01/24 afternoon.)
    Thank you for visiting us and for your lovely review!
    Written 2 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 January 2024
  • holidayobsessed
    314 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Visit
    We enjoyed our visit and spent quite a few hours there. We saw plenty in spite of it being winter. I was pleased that I could access all the areas whilst pushing a wheelchair, even getting to some hides. Bring binoculars if you have them or can borrow some as it really improves your experience in the areas of the reserve where there are wild birds. We'll be back in spring.
    Hello, thank you for taking the time to leave us this kind review. We hope to see you back soon :)
    Written 7 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 February 2024
  • julie h
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom62 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mobility Scooter needs an upgrade
    Good set up, it was very quiet when we went as the local schools had been on half term the week before. Kids loved the play area (suitable for older kids), the otters and the flamingos. They enjoyed feeding the ducks. Cafe OK and nice products in the gift shop. I hired the mobility scooter which was handy, but I was expecting a more heavy duty/ road scooter, but it was quite a small one which felt a bit lightweight for the paths.
    Thanks for the review Julie, and I will feedback you comments regarding the mobility scooter :)
    Written 11 April 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 March 2024
  • LSunshine
    149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fabulous place
    We have just become members and absolutely love visiting here. We attend the giant duck hunt today which was great. The restaurant had stopped serving hot food as it was past 2.30pm but in the past we have been happy with the food and found it tasty. Just a lovely place to visit and spend the day, we can’t wait to go back for the duck race. The staff /volunteers are always so friendly and really make the day feel special.
    Thanks for the review, we'll see you back for the Duck Race!
    Written 11 April 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 March 2024
  • Lucy
    United Kingdom11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always a great day out
    Used to come here very regularly as wwt members, but then with bird flu and not being able to feed the ducks, we hadn't visited in about a year! Now feeding is back we decided to come with family and friends for a day out. Playground is great with a water bit too and walks around the place are great. We sometimes go on the canoes which are great and go in the hides which are reliable. Do recommend and will visit again 😁
    Thank you Lucy, we hope to see you again soon!
    Written 11 April 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 April 2024
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yeahinabituk
Walmersley, UK59 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Firstly I'd like to say that we as a family love wildlife experiences so I'm in no way loving having to write this review, but thought it was necessary.

We visited as a family of 5 (2 adults, 3yr/5yr/6yr), the 3yr old was free - the rest of us were covered by a family ticket which came in at £51. It is not cheap but what you'd probably expect for a similar experience at a zoo/wildlife park/sea life.

Upon arrival we paid another £15 for some feed, a map & duck hunt challenge (this was essentially a piece of A5 paper where you wrote down the names of large yellow ducks that were located around the park.

The park was nice and clean and staff members polite and courteous - but beyond the ducks/geese/flamingos/storks there were really only the otters that were of any interest (from an animal point of view).

We thought we'd head over to the canoes - These weren't included and would have cost a further £17.50. Inside to craft room - again, further costs apply if you want to do anything...

The playground is included and it's ok, but nothing beyond what you'll find in a half decent park. There was a 'story-time with Bing' activity, that was unfortunately just 2 staff members reading a short Bing book (not having a go at them, but it was quite underwhelming).

We then headed to the cafe - This was poor. Kids lunchboxes were £6.50 and included a sandwich (made from a single piece of bread), raisins, crisps, carton of juice.

By the time we'd visited the gift shop, we'd spent well over £125 and decided it was time to leave. Despite only being there for roughly 2.5 hours.

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In summary, you're paying 'zoo' prices and not getting the same value. You could quite easily visit somewhere like Walton Hall & Gardens and get a similar (if not better) experience for free.
Written 15 April 2024
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Lucy
United Kingdom11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Used to come here very regularly as wwt members, but then with bird flu and not being able to feed the ducks, we hadn't visited in about a year! Now feeding is back we decided to come with family and friends for a day out. Playground is great with a water bit too and walks around the place are great. We sometimes go on the canoes which are great and go in the hides which are reliable. Do recommend and will visit again 😁
Written 3 April 2024
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Thank you Lucy, we hope to see you again soon!
Written 11 April 2024
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LSunshine
149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We have just become members and absolutely love visiting here.
We attend the giant duck hunt today which was great.

The restaurant had stopped serving hot food as it was past 2.30pm but in the past we have been happy with the food and found it tasty.

Just a lovely place to visit and spend the day, we can’t wait to go back for the duck race.

The staff /volunteers are always so friendly and really make the day feel special.
Written 29 March 2024
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Thanks for the review, we'll see you back for the Duck Race!
Written 11 April 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

julie h
Edinburgh, UK62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Good set up, it was very quiet when we went as the local schools had been on half term the week before. Kids loved the play area (suitable for older kids), the otters and the flamingos. They enjoyed feeding the ducks. Cafe OK and nice products in the gift shop.

I hired the mobility scooter which was handy, but I was expecting a more heavy duty/ road scooter, but it was quite a small one which felt a bit lightweight for the paths.
Written 19 March 2024
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Thanks for the review Julie, and I will feedback you comments regarding the mobility scooter :)
Written 11 April 2024
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holidayobsessed
UK314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit and spent quite a few hours there. We saw plenty in spite of it being winter. I was pleased that I could access all the areas whilst pushing a wheelchair, even getting to some hides. Bring binoculars if you have them or can borrow some as it really improves your experience in the areas of the reserve where there are wild birds.
We'll be back in spring.
Written 3 February 2024
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Hello, thank you for taking the time to leave us this kind review. We hope to see you back soon :)
Written 7 February 2024
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Alexandra R
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
What an absolutely fantastic day we had today at Martin Mere. A huge thank you to Rus and Sue on the main desk who just went above and beyond to help with accessibility for my 2 elderly parents, and also, I noticed, everybody else who approached them. (Visit 27/01/24 afternoon.)
Written 27 January 2024
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Thank you for visiting us and for your lovely review!
Written 2 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

valerie b
Preston, UK72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Always a lovely place to visit at any time of the year.It is wonderful to witness the Swan Feed . We had an excellent lunch in the Cafe before visiting other areas and the hides. Our lunch was reasonably priced, good value and well presented. Mark who was managing the cafe was on top of his game, everywhere was clean and nothing was left unattended. Plates, cups etc were removed speedily and table cleaned. A first class service and Mark is an asset to the Centre. We enjoyed our visit and will return soon.
Written 25 January 2024
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Thank you for your kind review, Valeria. We're pleased you've enjoyed your visit and we will let Mark know about his excellent feedback!
Written 2 February 2024
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SKALondon
London, UK2,352 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It’s not what it was - generally in need of some TLC but the birds are as good as ever.

Just want a stroll around there is the captive collection. Want to birdwatch there are hides and the mere attracts a variety of birds throughout the year.

We saw red-breasted goose, cattle egret, brambling and smart pintail.

We finished with the swan feed. The wind was a bit chilling as we sat in the outdoor section of the Discovery Hide. Close views when the birds came in for the feed that was put out
Written 24 December 2023
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Thank you for your honest review, we are glad that you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you back soon!
Written 4 January 2024
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Kristian R
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We came to Martin Mere with past experiences of fun and excitement. However, this time we found it to be very under whelming and not worth the money. We arrived and paid £16 something each and asked to pay for a guide for £3.50, which we declined. After paying, we took a visit to the cafe which I could only describe as lacklustre and no atmosphere compared to some garden centres/cafes in the area. Prices seemed very steep too.

Walking around the wetlands, we kept saying to ourselves that everything could do a with a little TLC (buildings which could be painted during quiet times, the duckery looking shabby & old, grass/bushes around the harrier hide not up kept).

The highlight of our trip was the Otters, which was at the end of our route around Martin Mere.

You can also tell the birds are well looked after and cared for.
Written 20 October 2023
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Hi Kristian, Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that you weren't satisfied with your visit, and I will feed this back to the team. We are always looking to improve our visitor experience so we really value your feedback. For great value, we would recommend our two adult memberships, which allows unlimited visits to all of our wetland centres for just £7.75 per month. We hope to see you back soon.
Written 23 October 2023
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L D
Ormskirk, UK31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We are members as we live nearby and it's somewhere to go when theres a spare hour or two.

I'm 51 and remember going to Martin Mere on school trips back in the 70s. Not a whole lot has changed since then. At first glimpse, it's a lot of duck pounds in concrete-edged man-mad 'lakes' (?). I've got to say, there's nothing interesting about any of this part of the place (considering it's somewhere focussing on birds).

Some developments in other areas since the 70s: there's a decent wooden park (suited to young teens I'd say as my 10 and 7 year old couldn't manage it - the apparatus was too high). There's also a section with three long ropes and a heavy 'ball' at the bottom of each. My son (now 20) was smacked in the forehead by another child with one of these swinging menaces and immediately gained an enormous 'egg' lump. The young first aider didn't seem to think anything of it. I wanted to complain and actually, have those swinging balls removed for safety reasons but that fell on flat ears and nothing further happened. This was around 12 years ago....still there. I don't let my young children go near them.

The hides are very good and there is an eagle shaped hide which has run into a bit of a poor state, with the archaeological artefacts that used to line the route now damaged or missing. Many of the interactive screens don't work.

One exciting development is the suggestion of 'Mere Tun Village, I think this is meant to be a Viking village (?). We've never managed to see it because it's only open for school visits (what...?). It would be the best thing there. They are trying to get permission to build a Viking long house but, of course, the local Council and residents are up in arms over it.

There's a 'Wild Walk' which was great when it first opened a few years ago but again, it's become iv grown and forgotten about.

It's such a great site to really build some exciting attractions to bring the visitors in but just feels very 'flat' when you go. I don't know why they don't do more with the place.....
Written 9 September 2023
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Hello, Thank you for leaving us your review. We will definitely be making more use of the Mere Tun Village for visitors, and we hope to start this next year, after opening it over the summer holidays this year to families and seeing how much they enjoyed it. We have also recently updated our Wild Walk with a new play area for the children to enjoy this year, and we will be running some future events in the area early next year. We've got some exciting plans in the works, keep an eye on our website and social media for any updates and we hope to see you back soon!
Written 23 October 2023
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