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WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Type:Nature Reserve

Fish Lane, Burscough, Nr Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 0TA

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Tel: 01704 895 181

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WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

There’s a fantastic day ahead of you at Martin Mere Wetland Centre. Enjoy splashing, dipping, playing, feeding, paddling and getting up-close-and-personal to some of nature’s most wonderful wildlife.

We've 800 acres of adventure to flutter hearts, home to thousands of rare birds; a cheeky family of otters; an all-star cast of pretty pink flamingos and a group of white storks to mention a few.

Safety info

Our one way system around the grounds means that you can wander around safely enjoying the wildlife and all gates can be pushed open with hand washing stations and hand dryers available. The toilets by the play area, café, canoe safari and along the nature trail are all open and cleaned hourly. All the gates, hand rails, benches and signage are cleaned regularly throughout the day. To limit touch points and keep you safe we’re asking everyone to pay by card.

Wildlife hides and spotting

Eight out of our ten hides, reedbed walk and viewing screens are open! Spring is an amazing time to discover wetland wildlife whether it is exploring our mile long reedbed walk listening for species like cetti’s warbler, sitting and viewing perching birds eat from our feeders, or overlooking the vast mere and marshlands as migrant waders breed, kingfishers feed and marsh harriers fly overhead.

Canoe safari

Grab a paddle and take to the water in our award winning canoe safari. Embark on the canoe via a self-service jetty and set off your watery adventure searching for moorhens, mallards, fish, water voles and the illusive kingfisher. Open everyday from 11am to 4pm, you do not need to book in advance and the minimum age is 5. There is an extra charge for this attraction, payable via a card machine at the canoe lodge.

Play areas

From zip wire screams and scramble net laughs and treehouse trailblazing, our huge adventure playground is a total rush for ages 3 to 12. The play area is cleaned and disinfected twice a day so you can be sure of a safe experience, this does mean it is closed for a very short time period, but it’s worth the wait!

Pond dipping

At the weekends between 1.30pm and 3pm, delve into our ponds and see what creatures are lurking beneath. Can you find the slippery newts or dinosaur like dragonfly nymphs in this free activity? No booking is required to take part but it is recommended to come later in the session to avoid the initial queue.

Royal Bank of Canada Garden

Come and see the Royal Bank of Canada Show Garden. This garden received a Gold award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2017 and the garden has been permanently relocated to Martin Mere. Designed by Charlotte Harris, the garden recreates the boreal environment and is located within the Wooded Wetlands development at Martin Mere.

Eat, drink, shop

We have a selection of take away hot and cold snacks, drinks and ice creams available from our outdoor kiosks for you to enjoy on-the-go to fuel your wetland adventure. Snacks include tasty pasties, yummy sausage rolls and brownies. You’re also welcome to bring your own food and drink and make use of our well-spaced picnic benches to enjoy your snacks in the great outdoors.

The retail shop is open offering a gorgeous selection of gifts, fun toys, informative books and good value bird food and feeding accessories.

To help keep everyone safe we’re carefully managing the number people who visit on any one day and are asking everyone to book in advance, so we can give you the best possible experience.

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Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult fromup to £15.50 per ticket
Child (4-16 years) fromup to £8.50 per ticket
Child Ticket (Under 4 years)Free
Concession (65+, disabled, unemployed, student) fromup to £13.15 per ticket
Essential helpers assisting disabled visitorsFree
Family (2 adults & 2 Child aged 4-16) fromup to £40.45 per ticket

If you are coming to Martin Mere Wetland Centre as a group consisting of 12 or move individuals you can ring through in advance as recieve a Group Rate Admission upon arrival.
Book online and save 10% on admission prices.

Opening Times

Open New Year
Summer Season (12 Apr 2021 - 29 Oct 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 18:00*
Winter Season (30 Oct 2021 - 31 Mar 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:30*

* • 364 days a year – that’s every day except Christmas Day
• Car pack closes at 6pm in the summer and 4.30pm in winter
• You can visit us between 9.30am-6pm (4.30pm in winter and 3pm on Christmas Eve) and our last admission is one hour before closing.
• We’re buggy and wheelchair friendly!

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction

Awards

  • Sub-Regional AwardsBest Visitor Experience of the Year Best Visitor Experience of the Year 2011
  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme (Gold) Green Tourism Business Scheme (Gold) 2014
  • Sub-Regional AwardsSustainable Tourism Award Sustainable Tourism Award 2012
  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsMaking a Difference Award Making a Difference Award 2011
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards 2016 - Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards 2016 - Finalist 2016
  • Sub-Regional AwardsEngland We're Good To Go England We're Good To Go 2020

Directions

Road Directions

Follow A59 towards Preston. Through Burscough Village turn left immediately after the railway bridge onto Red Cat Lane. Follow for 1 mile, Martin Mere is on left.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest railway station is Burscough Bridge station. Martin Mere is 1.5 miles from station. Signposted walk, approximately 30mins, or can get taxi from Burscough Village. Cyclists are always welcome at Martin Mere.

The centre is signposted from Junction 8, M61, Junction 3 on M58 and Junction 27 on M6.

Facilities

Other

  • Concessionary Admission Charges
  • Open All Year
  • Outdoor

Establishment Features

  • Conference Facilities
  • Disabled Access/Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special Group Rates
  • Switch accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

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