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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

Endless blue skies, warm sunshine and thriving wildlife – a trip to Martin Mere in the summer is always unforgettable. With loads of family-friendly activities including GIANT Bionic Bugs during the summer holidays and Animal Magic weekend in September, there really is something for everyone at the centre.

There’s 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, cheeky otters, greedy geese – what will your favourite be?

While you’re there, make sure you grab a net and delve into pond dipping in the brand new Pond Zone! The centre has everything you need to uncover incredible underwater life: nets, trays, magnifying glasses, identity charts, and the friendly Learning Team* are on-hand to help.

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 an additional experience during your visit, head over to the Canoe Safari and Boat Tour area. Pick up a paddle and canoe your way around the award-winning kilometre-long Canadian canoe trail, or if you’re wanting a more relaxing experience, drift away on a 30 minute expertly-guided boat tour.

For little adventures, 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.

Whilst 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.

This summer, get the family together 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
Summer Season (1 Apr 2019 - 29 Oct 2019)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 18:00*
Winter Season (30 Oct 2019 - 31 Mar 2020)
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


Friday, 19th July 2019 - Friday, 19th July 2019

Friday, 16th August 2019 - Friday, 16th August 2019

Bat and Barn Owl NightsJoin us for a unique chance to visit our reserve with a warden at dusk. First, you'll help the Reserve Warden to set a moth trap, checking it before you leave for the night to see what's been caught.
more info

Saturday, 20th July 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

GIANT Bionic BugsHave a hopping, jumping, buzzing summer adventure at Martin Mere Wetland Centre with our GIANT Bionic Bugs!
more info

Sunday, 21st July 2019 - Sunday, 21st July 2019

Saturday, 7th September 2019 - Saturday, 7th September 2019

Wildlife Photography WorkshopAn all-day workshop with Andy Bunting from InFocus, winner of the WWT Nikon Photograph of the Year Competition and BIAZA Wildlife in the Wild.
more info

Monday, 22nd July 2019 - Monday, 22nd July 2019

Sunday, 8th September 2019 - Sunday, 8th September 2019

Drawing and Painting WorkshopJoin award winning local artist and illustrator Tony Disley for this one-day class exploring the process from drawing through to a finished painting.
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

Special Offers



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