1. South East and London
  2. Greater London
  3. London

Attraction Information

WWT London Wetland Centre is a blissful nature reserve right by the river Thames, just 15 minutes walk from Barnes rail station.

Providing visitors with brilliant days out surrounded by wildlife, our mission is to inspire people to cherish and protect the world’s wetlands.

Once consisting of defunct, concrete-lined Victorian reservoirs, the space was transformed by WWT into a thriving wildlife haven opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2000. He said: “It’s sensational – an extra lung for Londoners, and right in the middle of London”

At the heart of the reserve is a host of diverse and rare water habitats created to support thousands of animals. These include Red List birds such as black-tailed godwits that use the site as an essential lifeline for migrating.

By providing a stronghold for threatened UK wildlife, the reserve is regarded as one of the great conservation successes of the 21st century. It is now used as a blueprint for urban wetland creation around the world.

Our aim is for people to feel connected to wetlands, returning again and again, supporting our work, and being inspired to take action to protect these precious spaces.

While exploring the reserve, visitors can expect to see wildlife found nowhere else in London including species of butterflies, dragonflies, bees, moths, beetles, bats, frogs, fish, birds, plant life, fungi, and more.

While on-site they can also discover the importance of wetland habitats and how to protect them through our talks, friendly staff and volunteers, art installations, and engaging signage.

What’s more, visitors can feel even better safe in the knowledge that their tickets and onsite purchases contribute to WWT’s essential conservation projects, protecting wetlands around the world.

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Wild Walk

Wetland secrets wait around every corner of this immersive nature experience. But prepare to hold your nerve…our rope bridge

takes no prisoners!

Wetlands of the World and six bird-spotting hides

Wetlands of the World – Meet remarkable and rare wildlife from around the globe and learn about WWT’s worldwide work. Explore six bird-spotting hides, our big view

observatory, and daily wildlife talks


Wildside takes tranquillity to a whole new level. Find a secluded spot to absorb the peace and admire migrating birdlife.

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Opening Times

Regular Times
  • 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

We're open 7 days a week, 364 days a year - opening times vary throughout the year, to make the most of the seasonal wildlife:

1st February - 21st July

9.30am to 5:00pm

22nd July – 3rd September

9.30am to 5:30pm

4th September – 28th October

9.30am to 5.00pm

29th October - 30th November

9.30am to 4.30pm

1st December - 31st December

9.30am to 4.00pm

Christmas Day


Last admission is one hour before closing.

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Pricing & Tickets

General Admission
  • Babies and Toddlers (0-3) : Free
  • Adult (17-18+) : £15.40
  • Child (4-17) : £10.00

Family (2 adults and 2 children, 4-17 years) £ £43.10

Concession (65+, full-time student and unemployed) £ 13.90

Children (under 4 years) FREE

Carers assisting disabled visitors FREE

Book in advance for cheapest tickets

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Plan Your Visit


Stopwatch IconTypical visit time 2 - 3 hours

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Yes there is parking.

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Contact Details

London Wetland Centre
Queen Elizabeth Walk
Greater London
SW13 9WT

Tel: 02084094400

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