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About WWT Slimbridge

Get closer to wildlife than ever before!

Winner of the Visit England Gold Award for 2016, WWT Slimbridge offer an unforgettable day out for families, birdwatchers and wildlife lovers.

Slimbridge’s mosaic of pools, lagoons, reed beds and meadows provides a haven for diverse wetland creatures including otters and some of the world’s most spectacular ducks, geese, swans and flamingos.

There is plenty to see and do inside and out all year round.


Each day at Slimbridge

Here are some of the activities which take place at regular intervals throughout the year at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

  • Land Rover Safari: 6 May – 24 Sep Sats, Suns & School Holidays only
    2pm Adults £5.00 & Child £3.00.
    Enjoy the opportunity to go out into the reserve in the company of an expert warden & enjoy views of the wild birds that live on the banks of the Severn – all from the comfort of a seat in the covered trailer. Please wear sturdy footwear & warm protective clothing especially during cold & or wet days. Weather Dependent.
  • Toad Hall sessions: meet the frogs, talks and other amphibians in Toad Hall. Find out the difference between a frog and toad and handle one if you are feeling brave!
  • Wildlife art gallery: Enjoy a stroll through Slimbridge’s wildlife art gallery. You may even decide to make an investment!
  • Canoe Safari: 5 Mar – 2 Oct Daily Weather Permitting
    11am to 4pm £5 per adult
    Grab a paddle and sail the watery passages of our canoe safari trail.  Cruise down our kilometre long trail in a canoe which can take up to three people. Your trip, here in Gloucestershire, will take you to see birds from around the world as well as wildlife native to these shores and unique to this area. Sit back and relax as you look out for wildlife along the way such as water voles, dragon flies, warblers and ducks. Canoe Safari is open from Friday 25th March until Sunday 2nd October, it is then open weather dependant on weekends in October and daily during the October half term (22 October to 1 November).
    Youngest child on canoes for this year will be 3 years old but this is subject to conditions. Each canoe hired must be accompanied by at least 1 adult (18+).

Seasonal Highlights at Slimbridge

  • May half term: Spring to Life at Slimbridge (Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June 2017)
    A celebration of the spring season and all things new at Slimbridge! Spring is a time when everything is growing and bursting into life. The leaves are unfolding, birds out on the reserve are singing, butterflies are starting to be seen and new life is appearing across the wetlands.
    There will be VIP Behind the Scenes tours of the busy Duckery, where hundreds of endangered birds are reared each year (£2 per person), a new pop up field mouse display, a new amphibian lifecycle area with frogspawn, tadpoles and frogs, plus daily amphibian handling with an expert team, Natures Newborns - a chance to get up close to animals growing and bursting into life, Landrover Safaris (extra charge), Spring to Life Outdoor Trail and special spring themed arts and crafts activities.
  • Summer holidays: Wildlife Rangers: the education team have a full range of fun activities for your family to discover at Slimbridge. There are also daily pond dipping sessions so you can find out what lives underwater (all equipment included).
  • Wild Bird Feeds: throughout winter enjoy the spectacle of thousands of birds being fed on a lake from the comfort of a warm observatory. 
  • Among these winter migrants are the rare and enchanting Bewick’s swans.*

*additional charge applies.
**additional charge applies. Suitable for age 5 and over


Opening times and admission at WWT Slimbridge

Opening times for 2017:

Because there is always something to see and do, WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre is open 7 days a week, 364 days a year. Only closed to the public on 25 December.

Winter (November to March)
9.30am to 5.00pm (last admission 4pm); Christmas Eve 9.30am to 3pm (last admission 2.30pm)

Summer (April to October)

9.30am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm).  Visitors are not permitted to be in the grounds after closing time at 5.30pm. 

As there is a lot to see and do we recommend you ensure that you arrive sufficiently early so your visit isn't rushed.

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