WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Type:Animals & Nature

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT

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Slimbridge Wetland Centre is run by WWT, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust – the UK’s leading wetland conservation charity, which was founded by Sir Peter Scott.  All of WWT’s Wetland Centres – including Slimbridge, exist to fulfil founder Peter Scott’s vision of connecting people with nature, so Slimbridge make it their principle that wetlands and wildlife are accessible to everyone.

WWT Slimbridge is a visitor centre and reserve, attracting over 250,000 visitors a year and set in 800 acres of wetland paradise. From families, nature lovers and wildlife watchers, there is something for all to enjoy. 

Slimbridge is home to 5 species of flamingo, has a collection of birds from all over the world and marvellous mammals including a pair of Asian small-clawed otters, harvest mice and water voles. Slimbridge has accessible bird hides across the site giving views of amazing wildlife sightings on the nature reserve which is located on the banks of the Severn Estuary. There is also a large collection of amphibians which you can meet in Toad Hall.

Located within the main Visitor Centre there is the Kingfisher Kitchen restaurant and Gift Shop. There are also kiosks located around the site so visitors can fuel their wetland adventure.

Throughout the year there are a wide range of activities including wheelchair-accessible Wild Safari’s in the summer months to wild bird feeds in the wintertime, when the reserve is home to over 35,000 wildfowl - including the majestic Bewick’s swans. Events also take place throughout the year from birding workshops to photography courses for all ages and abilities. Located within Slimbridge centre this is also an Art Hub where art workshops and children’s activities are run throughout the year. 

WWT Slimbridge have three SEND friendly sensory backpacks available from their admissions desk, these are free for visitors to borrow on a first come first served basis. Each backpack contains 4 fidget items and ear defenders can be borrowed separately.

Highlights for families include Welly Boot Land which includes accessible play equipment and levelled surfacing. Large play area, Riverlife, and Slimbridge’s very own app, Wetland Heroes. Wetland Heroes provides an inclusive experience for audiences with sensory impairments as it comprises a wide range of visual and audio elements for visitors to interact with across the wetland centre. During school holidays Slimbridge also run activities such as pond dipping and have a iSandbox which is an interactive wetlands sandbox that stimulates the senses through texture and sound.

In 2021 WWT and Slimbridge celebrated their 75th anniversary with the completion of the National Lottery Heritage Funded project ‘Slimbridge 75’.  The Slimbridge 75 project has transformed Slimbridge with new inspirational and immersive experiences and activities to get visitors closer to nature and to uncover the incredible life of WWT founder, Sir Peter Scott, whose legacy still drives Slimbridge and WWT’s work today.

A few of the new exhibits at Slimbridge include:

The Estuary Tower – where you can witness the magnificent views of the Severn Estuary and its wildlife. The hide is complete with a lift and has two viewing floors including an open terrace.

Mission Possible - where visitors can meet the nene, the world’s rarest goose, and learn how Sir Peter Scott brought the species back from the brink of extinction.

Scott House Museum - providing an opportunity to step back in time within the former home of Sir Peter Scott. The museum is open for intimate daily tours throughout the year providing a chance to learn how Sir Peter Scott made Slimbridge the birthplace of modern conservation and visitors can experience the magical views of the Rushy Lake from Scott’s studio.

Living Wetland Theatre – A 360 seat open air amphitheatre where you can watch birds flying overhead and discover how species such as pelicans, crowned cranes and magpie geese are adapted to the wetlands they live in. The theatre backs on to a walkthrough Waterscapes Aviary where you can immerse yourself into the sights and sounds of a UK wetland, looking out for species such as little egret, smew and oystercatchers.

The Summer Walkway – between May-September visitors can explore the natural wildlife and landscapes of the Severn Estuary with access to Slimbridge’s wheelchair-accessible Summer Walkway and viewing platform.

In 2024 WWT Slimbridge won two gold awards in the Accessible & Inclusive Tourism category in the South West Tourism Awards and the Bristol, Bath & Somerset Awards. In 2023 WWT Slimbridge also won Bronze for Accessibility in the Visit England Awards of Excellence. The attraction won a Visit England Gold Accolade in 2021/2022 demonstrating the wetland centre provides a truly memorable visitor experience for everyone - particularly those with accessibility requirements, and shows excellence across every aspect of the attraction.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult (with gift aid)£18.95 adult
Adult ticket (without gift aid)£17.22 adult
Child 4-17 (without giftaid)£11.36 child
Children 4-17 (with giftaid)£12.50 child
Children under 4Free
Concessions (with giftaid)(65+, full-time student and unemployed)£16.95 concession
Concessions (without giftaid)(65+, full-time student and unemployed)£15.40 concession
Essential helpers assisting disabled visitorsFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • Accessible Lift
  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Autism Friendly
  • Changing Places Toilet
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - Changing Places facilities
  • Wheelchairs available


  • Refreshments Available
  • Restaurant
  • Special dietary requirements catered for

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's Meals
  • Childrens Play Area

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Cater for groups
  • Cater for school groups
  • Electric Car Charging
  • First Aid
  • Gift shop
  • Lift - accessible lift
  • Public toilets
  • Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor activities - Scooter hire available
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Drop Off / Pick Up Point
  • Coach Parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted

Target Markets

  • Family Fun

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By bike

We are located on the Sustrans route, number 41. Free bike racks are situated outside the centre. Please bring your own lock.

By car

Slimbridge Wetland Centre is conveniently located near to the M5 between Gloucester and Bristol. Exit at either junctions 13 or 14 and follow our brown duck signs. We have a large free car park. Coaches are also very welcome, with parking available close to the Visitor Centre and toilets.

Public Transport Directions

By bus

Visitors can travel to and from WWT Slimbridge via the bookable Robin bus service, covering the Berkeley Vale area. Full details can be found here: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/transport/the-robin/

As well as this service, the nearest bus stop to WWT Slimbridge is on the main A38 at the top of the village, where the no. 65 bus service from Gloucester-Dursley stops frequently. The timetable for the 65 bus can be found on the Stagecoach website.

It is a 2.1 mile walk from the bus stop to WWT Slimbridge, down through the village and along the lane. There is pavement through the main areas of the village, and then you have to walk along the road, or you can follow a public footpath through fields for part of the walk.

By rail

The nearest train station is Cam & Dursley, which is 3.4 miles away, and is on the Bristol to Gloucester train line.



  • Accessibility Video


  • Visit EnglandVisitEngland - Gold Award - 2021/2022 VisitEngland - Gold Award - 2021/2022 2022
  • Trip Advisor AwardsTrip Advisor - Travelers Choice Trip Advisor - Travelers Choice 2022
  • Regional and MiscellaneousSouth West England Tourism Excellence Awards - 2021/2022 - Silver South West England Tourism Excellence Awards - 2021/2022 - Silver 2022
  • Regional and MiscellaneousChanging Places Location Changing Places Location
  • Visit EnglandAwards for Excellence - Bronze Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Award Awards for Excellence - Bronze Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Award 2023

Opening Times

April-Oct, 9.30am - 5.30pm (1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)
Nov-Jan, 9.30am - 4.30pm (1 Nov 2024 - 31 Jan 2025)
Feb-March, 9.30 - 5pm (1 Feb 2025 - 31 Mar 2025)

* Open every day except Christmas Day.