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WWT Welney Wetland Centre

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A very good day out

The Welney Wetland Centre has good facilities, but that is what you are paying £8.70 adult entrance... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Benno Z
A lovely tranquil day

A lovely tranquil day peacefully watching the wild-life, from pond life in a bucket, to geese... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MargaretJF
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“bird watching”(15 reviews)
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WWT Welney has a beautiful wetland reserve and eco-friendly visitor centre. Every season is different; in spring watch breeding birds and chicks. In summer see dragonflies, butterflies, and wildflowers out on the summer walk. In winter the Ouse...more
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Hundred Foot Bank, Welney PE14 9TN, England
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+44 1353 860711
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All reviews bird watching the reserve wetland centre pond dipping swans and ducks interesting talk spacious cafe across the bridge end of august well worth the trip summer holiday well stocked shop sculpture trail duck feed marsh harrier disabled people viewing area
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Welney Wetland Centre has good facilities, but that is what you are paying £8.70 adult entrance fee for. The restaurant is good with great open views, even though the menu is a bit limited, toilet facilities are good, the hides are good (with the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely tranquil day peacefully watching the wild-life, from pond life in a bucket, to geese flying in from afar. Mobility scooters on hand for those unable to walk the full distance of the site.More

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WWTWelney, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Margaret, Thank you for sharing your review, great to see you enjoyed your visit. Hopefully you managed to include a swan feed as part of your experience. Our winter birds have started arriving and flocks of birds are still building in number despite the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Always call in here on our way home from birdwatching trips to Norfolk / Suffolk. Always a chance of seeing the cranes ! Good lunch as well in the café. Friendly and helpful staff.More

Thank WILLIAM W
WWTWelney, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi William, Thank you for sharing your review, great to see you enjoy visits through the seasons at Welney. Great to hear you enjoyd a bite to eat and appreciated the team of staff and volunteers. We look forward to welcoming you back for another...More

Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

The reserve itself has good paths, excellent hides and a light bright visitor centre. I’m quite local and went to enjoy a sunny day in the open air. I saw cranes, a flash of blue might have been a kingfisher! To be honest ducks and...More

Thank Silverfinch
WWTWelney, Front Office Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Silverfinch, Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on your visit. We're glad you enjoyed your time on the reserve exploring and watching the wildlife, but we are sorry that we fell short of you expected in the Wigeon Café. At present,...More

Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

This is definitely geared more for the twitchers than for kids but there are some fun activities for the little ones. We went during summer holidays but it was very quiet even though they had put on more things - pond dipping, make a bird...More

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Reviewed 22 August 2018

A good way to spend a few hours and if like me not very good on your feet there are 2 mobility scooters to use but you must ask for in advance. The staff are very helpful if you have any queries' they can help....More

Thank Ben F
WWTWelney, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2018

Hi Ben, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Glad to hear that you are able to enjoy the reserve with the equipment we are able to offer. With the accessibility always possible and the variety of wildlife through the seasons, this does mean...More

Reviewed 24 July 2018

Great to come back to Welney again. A bit of a challenge this time to see the cranes. They were a long way away, but got them in the scope eventually ! Thanks for the usual excellent lunch - see you in October ! Good...More

Thank WILLIAM W
WWTWelney, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Hi William, Thank you for sharing your review, we're pleased you did get to see the cranes. This summer we are upgrading the heating system in the main hide to a more environmentally-friendly system, so it might look slightly different when you next visit, but...More

Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Having visited Slimbridge, London and Arundel and enjoyed them all expectations were little high for Welney Wetland Centre but this location is very different to those 3. There is a fantastic visitor centre with a host of great kids activities (arts and crafts, making bird...More

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WWTWelney, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Hi Stuart, Thank you for sharing your experience with us, we're glad the children appreciated the activities available in the centre and pond dipping over on the reserve. During summer we have a variety of birds that breed across the whole reserve, the ones that...More

Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

I live only a few miles from WWT and have been meaning to visit for ages. I went one afternoon with my 6 year old and we both loved it. We sat ages in the main hide looking through binoculars (provided on site) at all...More

Thank Claire D
WWTWelney, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Hi Claire, Thank you for sharing your experience with us, we're so glad you enjoyed your first visit to our centre. If you are yet to visit during the summer holidays, this would be a great opportunity to return, we have a range of activities...More

Reviewed 26 May 2018

After a week in Norfolk we had this reserve in mind for the way home before heading back up to Yorkshire.on arrival was greeted inside by a friendly chap who explained everything to us about the reserve and wildlife,then headed upstairs to check in,it was...More

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WWTWelney, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Hi Alex, Thank you for sharing your experience with us, it is great to hear you are exploring additional wetland centres. Our volunteers enjoy welcoming visitors to our centre and we couldn't do all the fantastic things we do without them, supporting and enhancing the...More

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j0andrews
2 August 2017|
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Response from WWTWelney | Property representative |
Hi, Apologies for the delay. Hopefully you have been able to contact us on 01353 860711 by now. If not, or, you are yet to visit us we do hire out binoculars to visitors. These are £5 for the day with a £20 deposit... More
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Richard E
I was thinking of walking to the centre from Downham Market by following the public footpath down the NW side of the New Bedford River. This path appears to pass straight through the Wetland Centre but I think it may be more complex than that, and the only access to the facilities is from the road (Station Road) on the SE side of the river, over the covered wooden footbridge. My question is: Can I gain access to the Wetland Centre hides and so on from the public footpath or do I have to stick to the road? Alternatively, there is another public footpath on the SE side of the same river which I could take, but it seems to be separated from the road by a barbed wire fence, which I could probably tackle, but would prefer not to. Which route would you advise me to take? I don't begrudge you the entrance fee, but I would prefer not to have to walk all the way to the suspension bridge at Wash Road and back again just to get in. Suggestions please.
28 January 2017|
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Response from WWTWelney | Property representative |
Hi Richard, You can't gain access to WWT Welney from the public footpath on the NW side of the river, the only access is through the visitor centre which is on Station Road. There is a bridleway on the SE bank of the New... More
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Barbara S
24 October 2016|
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Response from WWTWelney | Property representative |
Hi Barbara, We hope that you do decide to come and visit us this winter. Our busiest week of the year for visitors is Boxing Day to New Year's Day. We've got plenty of information on the website about events and activities... More
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