London Wetland Centre

Encounter a rich variety of wildfowl and wetland wildlife at the London Wetland Centre in Barnes, London

The London Pass London Pass Benefits: Access to the London Wetland Centre with a London Pass Normally £13.00 - Included with London Pass

Explore an urban oasis hidden in the hustle and bustle of London.  

Pay nothing but the price of the pass to enter the Wetland Centre.

- Pay nothing at the gate - Simply show your pass.
- A fantastic spot for families.
- Spot wild birds, otters, bats, butterflies and more. 
- Take on the adventure playground.



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- About The Wetlands Centre

- The Wetland Centre highlights

- Facts about The Wetland Centre

- What's on

- Pass Perk

- Know before you go

- Make the most of your London Pass®

- How to get there



About The London Wetland Centre

Nestled in a loop of the Thames, just across the river from Hammersmith and next to Putney, London Wetland Centre is an urban oasis for wildlife and people; a rural idyll in the heart of the capital. The paths at London Wetland Centre are all flat, as the Centre was created on the site of four redundant reservoirs. For greater accessibility, the reserve also features a generous number of benches, and the site's three-storey hide, the Peacock Tower, has a lift.  This makes it the perfect relaxation spot for all.  

 

 

Explore the paths that meander among the lakes, meadows and gardens and take in the vast array of wildlife. Wetlands are a literal breeding ground for biodiversity; in fact, 40% of all species rely on freshwater wetlands, despite covering less than 1% of the world's surface. A visit to the Centre provides support to this incredible conservation project while allowing you to benefit from the opportunity to relax and discover a stunning natural landscape. 

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The Wetland Centre Highlights

Wildlife 

The Centre is a haven for exotic swans, American wood ducks and otters, as well as over 300,000 plants and 27,000 trees. In spring, listen out for the call of marsh frogs and the sweeping zip of dragonfly wings. In summer, you'll be able to take in the aerial acrobatics of hundreds of swifts and sand martins overhead - but make sure you stay for dusk. The bats taking flight across an evening summer sky are a real spectacle. But winter is one of the best times to visit, with some of the prettiest wild ducks, such as wigeon, teal and pintail, arriving at the reserve.

Nature Reserve 

London Wetland Centre is an award-winning nature reserve. It has a simple mission: to bring the countryside to London. It's a haven of tranquillity for both wildlife and people. 

The Centre is not only home to a spectrum of wildlife, it's also visited by 180 recorded bird species that are attracted to its lakes, pools and gardens. Birdwatchers may have the joy of spotting bitterns in the winter months and yellow wagtails during the summer. 

Six hides located around the park ensure the perfect vantage point for watching wildlife and taking photos. Be patient to see frogs and lizards sunbathing during the summer months, or one of the many water voles that live here in the reeds at the pond edges.

Explore adventure playground

Zip slides. Water games. Giant water vole tunnels. The Wetland Centre is an incredible place for children of all ages. The reserve contains an adventure playground as well as an indoor discovery zone with villages to build. Young adventurers will be able to travel through the fascinating world of the wetlands and learn about them through interactive puzzles and games. And what child doesn't love a secret trail? The reserve contains hidden area otherwise inaccessible to visitors. Balance across stepping logs and try to cross a wobbly rope bridge without getting your feet wet. 

Café

Strolling through the Wetland Centre and spotting its wild residents is sure to make you work up an appetite. When you're ready, why not relax in the Wetland Centre Café? As a pass holder, you're entitled to a free homemade scone with butter when purchasing a large hot drink. 

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Facts about The Wetland Centre

  • Studies have shown that spending time in or near nature helps reduces stress levels while helping poorly people recuperate faster. 

  • The Centre planted 27,000 trees, 300,000 plants and uncovered a bomb while doing so. 

  • Wetlands remove up to 60% of metals in our tap water while trapping and retaining up to 90% of sediment from runoff. They also help eliminate up to 90% of nitrogen.

  • More than one billion people depended on them, yet the world's wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests. A visit to this incredible attraction is supporting the conservation project. 

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What's on

Bird Feed With a Warden
Wed 22nd March - Tue 31st December (Saturday and Sunday only at 3 pm)

Join the wardens as they feed beautiful water birds from around the globe. This amazing opportunity gives you the chance to discover more about WWT's conservation work and the birds they're helping save from extinction.

Meet the Otters
Daily – 11 am & 2 pm

Visit the Centre's Asian short-clawed otter – the smallest otters in the world. Unlike other otter types that tend to be solitary, these otters are highly sociable. They can often be observed playing games to help their young develop hunting skills. Fifty years ago, UK rivers suffered from pollution by organo-chlorine pesticides. This resulted in otters disappearing from almost the entirety of the country. 

BBC Springwatch Experience
Daily 

Discover what it's like to be a wildlife presenter by heading to the Lodge and entering the Springwatch set! Learn everything you can from the information provided and present your knowledge back to the camera. Get creative by using the wildlife clips provided or do your research and come up with a script. Film yourself on your mobile and show everyone how good you are at being a wildlife presenter by sharing your video with friends and family. 

Spotlight Talks
Daily 

Discover more about the history of the Centre and the animals that live there. See one of the biggest ducks in the world and discover more about one of the planet's rarest geese. You'll be fascinated by the Centre's 15-minute spotlight talks. 

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Pass Perk

The London Pass holders can relax in the Wetland Centre Café and enjoy a free homemade scone with butter when purchasing a large hot drink.*

*One per London Pass holder. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

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Know before you go

The Wetlands Centre offers a great guide to help you plan your day. Be sure to check it out before your visit.

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Make the most of your London Pass®

For more things to do in London, check out The London Pass® blog.

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How to get there

- Bus

33 and 209 stop nearby (alight at the Red Lion stop, approximately 100 metres walk from the wetland centre).
485 from Hammersmith

- Train

Barnes rail station is just 25 minutes from Waterloo or 10 minutes from Clapham Junction. It is then a 15 minute walk to the wetland centre (or 5 minutes by buses 72 or 33). You can also alight at Barnes Bridge station then walk through Barnes village (about a 15 minute walk) or catch a 209 bus (alight at the bus stop opposite the Red Lion pub, which is approximately 150 metres from the Centre).

- Tube

Hammersmith - Piccadilly, District & Circle Lines

The London Wetlands Centre opens daily from 9.30 am. For details about last admission times and any planned closures, please click here.

 

"I love it here at the London Wetland Centre. It's one of my favourite places in the country."

Chris Packham, BBC Springwatch presenter.

 

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Getting to London Wetland Centre

Getting to London Wetland Centre

  • London Wetland Centre Queen Elizabeth's Walk Barnes London SW13

Opening Times

1st November - 29th Feburary
Monday 09.30 - 16.30
Tuesday 09.30 - 16.30
Wednesday 09.30 - 16.30
Thursday 09.30 - 16.30
Friday 09.30 - 16.30
Saturday 09.30 - 16.30
Sunday 09.30 - 16.30
Last Admission: 15.30
1st March to 31st October
Monday 09.30 - 17.30
Tuesday 09.30 - 17.30
Wednesday 09.30 - 17.30
Thursday 09.30 - 17.30
Friday 09.30 - 17.30
Saturday 09.30 - 17.30
Sunday 09.30 - 17.30
Last Admission: 16.30

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