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WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre

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Nice visit

The whole family really enjoyed the visit and decided it was really worthwhile. The only thing that... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
TrevorB
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Andalucia, Spain
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Local day out

Visited with 12 year old .Hadn't been in a number of years and was great to see the improvements in... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
kadhan
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belfast
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

Visited Castle Espie recently to view a local Art Gallery Exhibition and was really delighted with the high standard of light snacks and beverages available. Very well presented exhibition of wildlife and a fabulous place for young children to enjoy feeding birds and learning about...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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MMM3103, Marketing and Communications Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi rosiemac2018 Thanks so much for your lovely review - I hope you have rated us 1 star by accident since you seem to have had such an amazing time! We hope you will come back and visit us again soon! Many thanks, Melissa

Reviewed 2 November 2018 via mobile

We came on Halloween and there was absolutely loads of things for small children to do around the centre. However, there was also a lot of information and hides for people who are there to learn or look at wildlife, so it really does cater...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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MMM3103, Marketing and Communications Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

Hi sincydinc Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Castle Espie - we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us, especially with your local site being one as stunning as our Slimbridge centre! We hope you will visit...More

Reviewed 2 November 2018

wrap up warm in winter months as its a bit breezy but gorgeous. We took 3 adults and 3 kids ages 2, 8, and 12....they all loved it. some of the ducks and geese will actually take food from your hand....our wee one was beside...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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MMM3103, Marketing and Communications Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

Hi findlindatavares Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience with us - I am so delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. It is such a special experience for kids the very first time they hand feed one of...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

The whole family really enjoyed the visit and decided it was really worthwhile. The only thing that let it down was the food quality in the cafe which was actually very poor so will just bring a picnic next time.More

Date of experience: October 2018
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MMM3103, Marketing and Communications Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Hi TrevorB, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit. I am delighted that you enjoyed your time here. I am so sorry to hear that you didn't have a good experience in The Kingfisher Kitchen. It is no excuse, but we were...More

Reviewed 6 October 2018

The website and notices outside could be improved as, 10 am is the time given for opening; however, the Restaurant and Centre opens at 9.30 am, but the Wetland Area doesn't open until 10 am! My adult son and I enjoyed a full morning at...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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MMM3103, Marketing and Communications Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

HI Robert W, Thank you for your thorough and fantastic review. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. I have to agree that the Ulster Fry is to die for!! I am pleased to hear you and your son came along for...More

Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

Loved my visit to Castle Espie, a Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) conservation park - fantastic way to spend a day. Consists of both wetland and wooded areas throughout, with various viewing observatories, lots of birds, rabbits, butterflies and insects to spot. Bring binoculars, a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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MMM3103, Marketing and Communications Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2018

Hi CiaraSlevin Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Castle Espie. We are delighted that you enjoyed your day and got to see plenty of what we have to offer here on site. We hope you will come back to visit...More

Reviewed 26 August 2018

Called in to see what wild fowl were on site and to spend a bit of time with nature. As always the birds are the stars and are quite unafraid of people when it comes to feeding them from the bags of food available from...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Karl S, Marketing Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Hi theis, thanks for taking the time to post such a lovely review. Really glad you enjoyed your time with us, as a team we do our best to show off the landscape and birds! Kind Regards, Karl

Reviewed 14 August 2018

If you are interested in birds this is a must. There is a great collection of ducks etc. However the number depends on the season. There are great viewpoints over Strangford Lough with telescopes provided. It also al great place for an interesting walk along...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Karl S, Marketing Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Hi Cecil M, thanks for taking the time to submit your review. Really pleased that you continue to enjoy your visits with us and hope you'll continue to visit us in future. Kind Regards, Karl

Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

A first visit here, it all looked OK on arrival into the centre and made for the cafe for coffee & lunch. Food menu looked good, traybakes looked OK if a little familiar (French Village). Order was given and it came to about £24, but...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Karl S, Marketing Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Hi adminJAM, thanks for taking the time to post a review. First, I'd like to apologise for the experience you had with us earlier this month. As a centre team, we pride ourselves on the quality of service - but clearly that wasn't the case...More

Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Visited with 12 year old .Hadn't been in a number of years and was great to see the improvements in the shop and restaurant areas. We came armed with our own bird seeds and enjoyed interacting with all the fowl roaming and swimming freely. It...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank kadhan
Karl S, Marketing Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Hi Kadhan, thanks for taking the time to post your review. I am really pleased that you all enjoyed your time with us, as a team we do our best to ensure there is something for all ages to enjoy (including big kids). The centre...More

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hopehappy
9 March 2018|
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Response from Got2eat | Reviewed this property |
No unfortunately dogs would frighten the ducks
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Pr4da
31 October 2016|
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Response from MMM3103 | Property representative |
Hi Pr4da - admission costs vary depending on age etc. - here is a list of all costs. The more expensive of each option is admission with gift aid, but that is not essential; Adult: £8.20 or £7.45 Concession (65... More
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