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Secret Bits of London: #1 Wetland Centre Barnes

Barnes Wetland Centre London

I’ve been in London for 3 years and I still enjoy exploring the city. A place I always wanted to visit is the Wetland Centre in Barnes which is only a 15 minutes train ride from the centre.

The wetland reserve covers more than 100 acres of land and is home of many birds, otters and insects. I really enjoy being outside exploring wildlife and I quickly decided that this is one of my favourite places in London.

It’s a very peaceful place and I completely forgot that I’m in London. We spent hours feeding birds, watching otters getting their lunch and walking along the wetland ponds. They also offer free tours where you’re able to learn more about the inhabitants and seasonal wildlife. The tour usually starts at 2pm and is included in the admission price.

Barnes Wetland Centre in London

Wetland Centre Barnes

Wetland Centre Barnes

Otters at Barnes Wetland Centre

If you need a break of the hustle and bustle of London and you love nature as much as I do, this is the perfect place to go.

Fancy an ice-cream or a cuppa tea after a long day in the Wetland Centre? Nearby Barnes village has some cute coffee shops and restaurants. I certainly couldn’t resist and got an delicious wild berry brioche 😉

Gails Barnes Brioche

Have you been to the Wetland Centre before? Where do you go if you want to escape London?


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  • Reply
    10. September 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I often go down to Barnes to the wonderful Olympic cinema but still cannot believe I haven’t gone to the Wetland centre. Something I must do.

    • Reply
      Sina Meyer
      13. September 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks for your comment! It’s a very peaceful place, you should go 🙂 I really like Barnes, have to go to the Olympic cinema soon.

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