hard to believe that the London Wetlands Centre is just a couple of miles from
the city. This oasis of peace and tranquility boasts some stunning bird spectacles
close to the heart of the urban area.
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Wetlands Centre - Visitor Guide
Wetlands Centre, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes,
reference:||Grid reference: TQ217764|
- Observatory, walks, wetland habitats and hides.|
Pond dipping. Seasonal events.
shoes. Binoculars and scope. Bird identification book.|
Birds - over 160 species of wild
birds. Butterflies and moths.
A visit can take anywhere between a couple of hours
and a whole day.
There is a great view of the whole reserve from
the top of the Peacock Tower.
centre. Water's Edge cafe. Shop. Toilets. Education events. Heated bird-watching
observatory in main visitor centre. |
is a network of footpaths around the reserve which makes for an easy circular
walk for all ages.
Disabled access: Most paths are easily accessible
by wheelchair. The paths have level access and are hard-surfaced with tarmac on
the main routes (compacted gravel on minor paths).
There are low-level
viewing windows and level access to the ground floor bird hides.
is lift access to the upper floors of the visitor centre, the observatory and
the Peacock Tower hide.
Free wheelchair loan. Hearing loops in admission
area and theatre.
Trained assistance dogs allowed (i.e. Guide Dogs).
The London Wetlands Centre is located
in Barnes about 1.5km from Putney Bridge and 0.75km from Hammersmith Bridge.
car: Drive out towards Hammersmith from London and then look for signs to Barnes.
Follow the brown signs to the London Wetlands Centre.
By bus: Take
the 283 (the Duck Bus) from Hammersmith Bus Station - the bus stops takes about
12 minutes and stops immediately outside the London Wetlands visitor centre. Alternatively,
take the 33, 72, or 209 bus and alight at the Red Lion pub.
Hammersmith Tube and then take the 283 (the Duck Bus) which stops immediately
outside the visitor centre.
Free car parking.
code:||Don't feed the birds. Keep to the reserve's
network of paths. Keep quiet in the wild area of the reserve.|
Open daily: Summer (25 March to 27 October)
- 9.30am to 6pm. Winter (1 January to 24 March) - 9.30am to 5pm.
on 24 December.
Late night opening Thursday evenings from 31 May to
20 September - centre closes at dusk.
£7.95; Concessions £6; Children £4.50; Family ticket £19.95.
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