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WWT London Wetlands Centre

Queens Elizabeth's Walk, London, SW13 9WT
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London Wetlands Centre
  • London Wetlands Centre
  • The wild walk
  • Bird watching
  • Common Lizard
  • Feed the ducks
  • 2 otters at the centre
  • Taking part in wildlife photography
  • Bird Watching

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About

The London Wetland Centre is a 105 acre award-winning nature reserve and London’s first large-scale, man-made, inner city wetland reserve. One of the 21st Century’s greatest urban conservation projects.

The London Wetland Centre provides a safe haven for a wide range of wildlife – from birds to bats, water voles to amphibians – and deliver a slice of the great British Countryside to the heart of our concrete capital city.

Opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2000, the nature reserve is formed from four disused Victorian reservoirs, tucked into a loop on the south bank of the River Thames. The centre features a variety of wetland habitats including lakes, pools, reedbeds and wet grasslands, all of which attract an incredible array of wildlife, some of which cannot easily be seen anywhere else in London.

The centre’s six hides, including a three storey hide and a two-storey glass-fronted observatory, provide plenty of places for visitors to survey the wildlife from. Beginner bird watchers will want to head to the Headley Discovery Hide, which has large windows, comfy seating, binoculars and bird ID books inside. While those wanting to get into nature itself can head into the centre’s meadows and gardens to pick up tips on creating their own wildlife garden or window box or take part in one of the events during the year. The centre is open 364 days per year.

Those wishing to get up-close to some of the duck species can visit Duck Tales, to feed the domestic ducks each day, or can join the afternoon bird feed tour at the weekends when wardens feed a diverse array of key flagship waterfowl species, representative of different wetland biomes from around the planet. 

A highlight of any visit are the centre’s Asian short-clawed otters, which can be seen in the daily commentated feeds. Daily spotlight talks will provide further insight into the centre’s history and its many inhabitants. London Wetland Centre is not only a conservation project but also a living, ever-changing experience with a wealth of events throughout the year.

Round off your visit to the London Wetland Centre with food and drink from the new Kingfisher Kitchen, before browsing in the centre’s gift shop.  Support the London Wetland Centre and its wildlife by visiting today.

Sir David Attenborough, who has launched the Centre, said: "The reserve is the ideal model for how humankind and the natural world may live side by side in the 21st century."

Pleae note, only assistance dogs are allowed into the centre. From an animal welfare point of view, we would prefer it if you did not bring your dog with you and leave it in your car as there is no shade in our car park. 

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Admission£13.00 per ticket
Child (4-16 years) - Admission£7.90 per ticket
Concession - Admission£11.04 per ticket
Family (2 adults + 2 children) - Admission£35.54 per ticket

Children under 4 and essential helpers assisting disabled visitors are free.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Please note that Hammersmith Bridge is closed for refurbishment works. For latest updates and travel advice please visit the Tansport for London website.

There is free parking for visitors arriving by car, although we cannot garuntee parking on busy days. Where possible, we would encouage our visitors to use more environmentally friendly forms of transport. The centre is located just off the main A306. Once in Barnes, you can follow the brown tourist signs to the centre. The centre is situated outside the London Congestion Charging Zone.

Public Transport Directions

By Tube: Hammersmith tube (on the Piccadilly and District & Circle Lines) is the nearest tube station. From here, it is just a 10 minute bus ride (see bus).

By Coach: The centre has parking for 9 large coaches. Parking for coaches bring visitors to the centre is free but places must be booked in advance. Driver should that coaches are not permitted to use Hammersmith Bridge.

By Bike: The London Wetlend Centre is situated on Sustrans Cycle Route 4, which includes acccess to the River Thames towpath. Cycling makes for an environmentally friendly and pleasant way to arrive at the centre and in addition to standard cycle racks, there are 18 secure bike cages. (We highly recommend that you bring a lock to secure your bike)

On Foot: The centre is easily accessible from the River Thames towpath, situated on the south bank between Hammersmith Bridge and Putney (about a 25 minute walk from either location)

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Catering

  • Cater for vegetarians
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Key Features

  • In town/city centre

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 12 +

Travel & Trade

  • Group Discount
  • Min group size numeric qualifier - 12 +

Opening Times

Winter (1 Sept 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:30

* Last admission in the summer is 4:30pm.
We will begin to close the routes, hides and explore 1/2 hour before closing time.
Early closing on 24 December - last admission is 2pm, centre closes at 3pm.
Summer route is closed during Winter.

Kingfisher Kitchen last orders is 4pm and closes at 4:30pm in Winter and last orders is 5pm and closes at 5:30pm in Summer.

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