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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

Leaves crunching beneath your feet, striking sunsets across the mere and the arrival of up to 40,000 pink footed geese and 2,000 whooper swans from Iceland – autumn and winter is an amazing time to visit Martin Mere.


There are a number of special events to celebrate the arrival of the migrating geese and swans, including early mornings with exclusive access to one of our hides and free late night openings where you can watch the birds coming in to roost on the mere. Add to that family events like Animal Magic weekend, Halloween Fest and Sail to Santa weekends – there really is something for everyone at the centre.


There’s also a packed schedule of daily talks for you to learn more about the amazing animals and a wide range of species around the extraordinary wetland landscape for you to see. Fabulous flamingos, stunning storks, greedy geese – what will your favourite be?


For little detectives, discover a whole world of wonderful bugs in the world recording holding giant Bug Hotel. Squelch and bounce over wobbly bridges, reedy rambles and wetland tracks in Wild Walk – wellies are a must!


For those looking for an adventure, make sure you check out Rushes play area. From zip wire screams and scramble net laughs, to treehouse trailblazing and water zone wonders, the huge adventure playground is a total rush for ages 3 to 12.Wwhilst you’re at the centre, enjoy hot and cold homemade lunches, freshly-brewed teas and coffees, and delicious cakes overlooking Swan Lake in Mere Side Café. In the shop, there’s loads of gorgeous gifts, books and toys for you – and every penny you spend in the shop and café goes to support vital conservation work. Get the family together, wrap up warm and spend some time in the great outdoors. Plan your visit and book your tickets online today!


We’re open 364 days a year – that’s every day except Christmas Day. 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!


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult fromfrom £11.70 to £14.30 per ticket
Child (4-16 years) fromfrom £6.25 to £7.65 per ticket
Child Ticket (Under 4 years)Free
Concession (65+, disabled, unemployed, student) fromfrom £9.94 to £12.15 per ticket
Essential helpers assisting disabled visitorsFree
Family (2 adults & 2 Child aged 4-16) fromfrom £30.51 to £37.30 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
Winter Season (30 Oct 2019 - 31 Mar 2020)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:30*
Summer Season (1 Apr 2020 - 29 Oct 2020)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 18:00*

* • 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


Saturday, 15th February 2020 - Sunday, 23rd February 2020

North West Puddle Jumping ChampionshipsThis February half term bring your friends and family and see who can make the biggest, craziest splash with our special 'splashometer' at our Puddle Jumping Championships.
more info


  • 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


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.



  • 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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