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The London Wetland Centre is a 105 acre wildlife haven with scenic walkways set amongst the lakes, pools and meadows that are home to birds, bats, water voles, grass snakes, amphibians, dragonflies and moths. Unwind in this oasis in the heart of the capital – or let your kids run free in their own Explore, Discovery and Pond Zone adventure areas. Spot wildlife close-up from our hides and meet our collection of rare birds from around the world and then relax in our café over coffee or lunch. A great day out, whatever the weather.

WWT London Wetland Centre:

- The grounds have level access and hard-surfaced paths with tarmac on main routes (and compacted gravel on minor paths) low-level viewing windows and level access to ground floor bird hides

- Heated bird-watching observatory in main visitor centre.

- Lift access to upper floors of visitor centre, observatory and three-storey Peacock Tower hide. No lift in Wildside Hide

- Free wheelchair loan (including one electric wheelchair which should be booked in advance)

- Fixed hearing loops in admissions area and in audio visual theatre

- Trained assistance dogs only (i.e. guide dogs). No other dogs permitted

- Accessible toilets in car park and throughout the visitor centre

- Free car parking on site. Tarmac surface and reserved bays for disabled visitors

- Public transport is available direct to the centre from Hammersmith bus station to the centre between 9.30am and 5pm (No 283 from Stand K)



Group Visits:

London Wetland Centre is a beautiful place for a group visit.

Discounted rates applies to groups of 12 or more paying visitors (pre-booking essential). Entry is free to WWT members.

We’re keeping our popular 15% group discount this year to make sure that your group has an unforgettable group day out at a great price.

  • Book a guided tour to discover more about the history of the Centre and its wildlife

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£15.50 per ticket
Carers assisting disabled visitorsFree
Child (4-16 years)£9.50 per ticket
Children (under 4 years)Free
Concession (65+; full-time student and unemployed)from £11.81 to £13.00 per ticket
Family (2 adults and 2 children, 4-16 years)£41.50 per family

*All the prices displayed above start by purchasing a ticket without Gift Aid and finish with purchasing a ticket with Gift Aid.



  • Disabled access
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Wheelchairs available


  • On-site light refreshments


  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Guided tours for groups


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Property Facilities: Child (4-16 years)

  • WiFi or internet access
  • Disabled access

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By car:

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. From 25th October 2021 the centre will be inside the ULEZ Charging Zone.


There is free parking for visitors to our wetland centre, please input your car registration details at admissions. We now have 4 public electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints in place, available to visitors at a charge of 25p/kWH, to cover electricity costs. These chargepoints are on the Podpoint Network and appear on the Podpoint and Zapmap chargepoint maps so you can double check they are available and working before coming to the site. If you haven't already, save time by downloading the Podpoint app before your visit.


By coach:

The centre has parking for nine large coaches. Parking is free for coaches bringing visitors to the centre, but places must be booked in advance.

Public Transport Directions

By bike:

The London Wetland Centre is situated on Sustrans Cycle Route 4, which includes access from 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 eighteen secure bike cages (we strongly recommend that you bring a D lock to secure your bike). 


Santander is a cycle hire scheme in operation across London. The nearest bikes can be found at the Putney Pier Station – a mile’s walk along the river to the centre.


On foot:

The centre is easily accessible from the River Thames towpath, situated on the south bank between Hammersmith Bridge and Putney Bridge (about 25 minutes’ walk from either location).


By bus:

Buses 33, 419 and 209 stop nearby (alight at the Red Lion stop, approximately 100 metres walk from the wetland centre).The 485 bus from Hammersmith comes directly into the Centre. Please note that this is not a frequent service (twice an hour with no service on Sundays or Bank Holidays).

*In light of the Hammersmith Bridge closure, a new route, 533, has been created running between Hammersmith Bus Station and Barnes Pond via Chiswick Bridge. Alight at Nassau Road, approximately a 20 minute walk from the centre.


By rail:

From Barnes station it is a 15 minute walk to the centre (or 5 minutes by bus). You can also alight at Barnes Bridge station which is a 15 minute walk to the centre through Barnes village (or catch the 209 bus).


*Please note the walk from Barnes station involves a crossroad without a pedestrian crossing. For visitors with mobility issues or young children it be more suitable to take a slightly longer route either through Barnes village or across the commons, to avoid this crossing. For any further guidance, get in touch.


By tube:

Hammersmith tube (on the Piccadilly and District & Circle Lines) is the nearest tube station. From here it is a bus ride (routes 209/533) to the Red Lion pub, approximately 150 metres from the Centre.


By air

Heathrow Airport is approximately one hour from the London Wetland Centre by car or public transport (Piccadilly Line from Heathrow Airport to Hammersmith, then buses as above).

WWT London Wetland Centre

Type:Nature Reserve

Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT

Tel: 020 8409 4400

Opening Times

Open New Year
Season (1 Feb 2024 - 20 July 2024)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 17:00
Season (21 July 2024 - 3 Sept 2024)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 17:30
Season (4 Sept 2024 - 28 Oct 2024)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 17:00
Season (29 Oct 2024 - 30 Nov 2024)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:30
Season (1 Dec 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:00

* Open 7 days a week,, 364 days a year - opening times vary throughout the year, to make the most of the seasonal wildlife.

Last admission is one hour before closing.

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