Walthamstow Wetlands is a 211 ha (520 acres; 2.11 km2) nature reserve in Walthamstow, east London, adjacent to the historic Essex-Middlesex border on the River Lea. It is focused on the Walthamstow Reservoirs, built by the East London Waterworks Company between 1853 and 1904 as part of the Lee Valley Reservoir Chain. The site is one of the largest urban wetland nature reserves in Europe and is particularly important for wildlife due to its position within the Lee Valley. It serves as a byway for migrating, wintering and breeding birds. Visitors can freely access the site's natural, industrial and social heritage in one of the capital's most densely populated urban areas.
The reservoirs, under the ownership of Thames Water, also form part of a larger Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation, noted for the mixture of aquatic and terrestrial habitats on site, and for their London-wide importance (especially for birds).
|Monday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
Stephen Wells | Mar 21, 2018
Fabulous nature reserve open to the public with safe walkways around the lakes and grass land. Opportunity to spot many types of wild life birds, mammals and fish. Several hides located around the site to give better viewing opportunities. Stout shoes are advisable and warm clothes in milder weather due to exposed nature of the site. Excellent cafe serving a varied menu from snacks to meals with a large range of teas, coffees and soft drinks.. Children's menu available. Viewing platform above cafe. Ample car parking. Access to the site is free but car parking is not free. Good for children.
Cintia Pedra | Apr 14, 2018
Lovely place to go with kids and appreciate the wildlife. Easy access for buggies and prams. Good for fishing and bird watching. The Engine Cafe is nice and does a variety of food and meals. The staff is friendly and helpful. There's parking and dogs are not allowed. Certainly worth a visit!
Meet The Chungs | Feb 24, 2018
My kids really enjoyed this place. I loved the minibeast adventure and the activities set out prior to the activity. The staff were very engaging and approachable. While exploring wetlands we found little plaques giving more information on the attractions we saw. The cafe and shop were quite pricey but the money goes to a good cause. You can always prepare a packed lunch for the kids as an alternative. All in all a good experience.
Richard Tanguy | Apr 5, 2018
Well managed nature park and trail recently opened to the general public. Set around a number of large water reservoirs either side of Ferry Lane. Quiet and serene, well suited for long walks at all times of year. Log book kept in the Engine House for recording unusual species of birds in transit and resident species, local to the area.
Elliot Summerhayes | Mar 11, 2018
I'm quite fond of the Wetlands centre and three land around it. It offers some great walks, lovely views and a huge range of wildlife to watch in wonder at. Unfortunately, it's next to impossible to enjoy the place in peace and quiet with the crowd it tends to attract at the moment. If solitude and quiet looks at nature is what you're after, it's best to turn up very early or not at all. I can only imagine how many bird watchers are having their days out ruined by packs of parents, prams and loud, uncontrolled children at the moment - not to mention the birds themselves.
Vikesh Tailor | Jun 19, 2018
There are many better places to visit in London, I really don't understand the hype around this place. Yes the engine room is very nice and you see some wildlife -geese, ducks etc. The entrance to the car park isn't signposted well so be aware. The ticket machine wasn't working, the paths are full of poop. Sorry but you're better off going to the Olympic park instead
Linda Moody | Jun 14, 2018
A gem in east London providing an opportunity to walk closely with nature in a peaceful, safe reserve.. A haven for waterfowl and wild birds. My toddler grandson and I saw grebe,cormorant, heron, Canada geese,Egyptian duck plus many familiar garden birds. Historic site with the Copper mill and Engine house (where cafe,visitor centre and shop situated). Well maintained and accessible.
Philip Jones | Jul 3, 2018
Very lovely place. Lots if birds to see and smells like the seaside. Not as big as I expected though so doesn't take that long to walk around. The sound of cranes carrying on the breeze from all the building work going on everywhere surrounding the wetlands was a bit annoying though. Is gated and they open 9.30 and close at 5...be aware
alison ogunduyile | Jul 3, 2018
Great place to walk and be with nature, so much to do and see. Nice shop, went there but still didn't see it all. Car or public transport, easy to get there. Felt very calm and relaxed, although was very surprised at the size of the dragonflies as beautiful as they were.
The Hancocks | Jun 27, 2018
Great and unexpected natural location with multiple lakes and reservoirs. Excellent birdwatching and fishing. Very pleasant coffee shop gift shop. I thought there might be a bit more to the copper mill building. Gives access into lea valley park so you can walk past all the narrow boats down to the Olympic park at Stratford.
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