With an astounding array of wildlife from water voles to waders, hares to dragonflies, WWT Slimbridge is home to a large collection of swans, geese, ducks and flamingos.
This beautiful and internationally renowned reserve is unique to the South West and has something to offer visitors during every season from Spring to Life events in spring to breathtaking wild swan feeds in winter.
Plan your day…
Many people’s favourite memory of visiting WWT Slimbridge is of hand feeding the many tame ducks and geese around the grounds, so be sure to visit the grain desk before you leave the visitor centre and head out to the grounds.
Step out of the visitor centre to see a beautiful lake filled with swans, ducks and geese. The large stretch of water has special swan roosting spots and a feeding area. See the swans make their fantastic swan falls onto the water.
Back from the Brink
Meet our playful family of otters at our wetland mammal exhibit. With a beaver, water shrews and harvest mice this attraction shows the pressures facing species once abundant in the UK. Don’t miss our daily otter talks!
Take to the water on our canoe safari trail to explore deep into the reserve. Lose yourself in the watery passages as you get the chance to see water voles, beautiful wild flowers and many interesting species of bird.
See some of our most colourful residents in their tropical house. Brightly coloured birds and exotic fish allow you to escape to somewhere far away!
Meet the amphibians that live at Toad hall. Learn more about lizards, frogs and newts at our daily talks and get a chance to handle them.
Wild bird feeds
From November to February see the magnificent wild Bewick’s swans at our daily 4pm feeding session. These amazing birds travel from arctic Russia to Slimbridge every winter and can all be recognised from their individual bill patterns. From the comfort of our heated observatory listen to a talk from our expert warden as he feeds them.
There are also a huge selection of hides for those interested in wild birds including our newest the kingfisher hide, where you can see these magnificent birds fledging from their nests each year. Look in our visitor centre before heading outside to see what species our expert wardens have seen that day.
At Puddleduck corner you can meet a team of friendly ducks and watch them follow the feeder before hearing a special talk from the warden. The farmyard-themed attraction features Call Ducks, Khaki Campbells and Indian Runners. Find out talk times on arrival.
Our newly developed network of ponds will also be completed by the start of the summer. At Pondzone you can discover the underwater world by dipping for nymphs, water boatmen and pondskaters before heading back to the pondlab to examine your discoveries.
Welly boot land
Let the children loose to splash around in our popular outdoor playground Welly boot land. Here they can build dams, spin on a magic roundabout to change the water flow and alter the flow of water.
The Discovery Centre
Take part in wetland themed arts and crafts at our discovery centre.
Toad Hall has expanded to include a new indoor play space themed around the wonderful world of amphibians.
Kids can take a tumble with the toads in the tactile soft play, dress up as frog at the vanity suite and play fun puzzles and games with their parents in the comfy booths.
The soft play includes tree frog rockers, a boat house to clamber, hide and slide in and a mini trampoline.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|65+, disabled, full-time student no gift aid||£12.27 per ticket|
|65+, disabled, full-time student with gift aid||£13.50 per ticket|
|Adult with Gift Aid||£15.95 per ticket|
|Adult without Gift Aid||£14.50 per ticket|
|Child (4-16 years) with gift aid||£9.25 per ticket|
|Child (4-16 years) without gift aid||£8.40 per ticket|
|Children (under 4 years)||Free|
|Essential helpers assisting disabled visitors||Free|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
- VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS
- Visit Britain We're Good to Go 2021
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Hearing loops available in cinema and at admissions
- Guide Dogs Permitted - Give prior arrangement
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant - Restaurant with 140 seats indoors and 70 seats outdoors, picnic area, private rooms available to hire.
- Picnic Site
- Advance booking essential
- Contactless payment only
- Interactive displays closed
- Online booking only
- Open now
- Outside seating
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Conference facilities
- Event Venue
- Open All Year
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- In countryside
- Max group size - 9999
- Outdoor Attraction
- Village Location
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking
- On site parking
- Parking (free)
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Min group size - 10
- Solo accepted
- Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
- TIC Staff Admitted Free
- Visa accepted
- Family Fun
- Marketed towards children
- Marketed towards families
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.
|Open New Year|
|Opening - High Season (1 Apr 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)|
|Monday - Sunday||09:30||- 17:30*|
|Opening - Low Season (1 Nov 2021 - 31 Mar 2022)|
|Monday - Sunday||09:30||- 17:00*|
* November to March last admission 4pm. April to October last admission 4.30pm. Christmas Eve 9.30am - 3pm (last admission 2.30pm). Closed Christmas Day.Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
Nearest major road is M5. Follow signs onto A38 and then through to Slimbridge Village. Look out for WWT Slimbridge signs.
Public Transport DirectionsNearest station is Cam/Dursley. Right out of station, right again on main road from Cam. Walk to Slimbridge roundabout, through Slimbridge Village to the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. The Centre is straight ahead. Look for the 17m Observation Tower.
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