WWT Washington Wetland Centre

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Telephone: 0191 416 5454


WWT Washington Wetland Centre is open with certain precautions and changes to ensure your visit to the family-friendly attraction is safe.

  • New opening time: 10am - 4.30pm (last admission 3pm), please try and stagger arrival to support social distancing.
  • Numbers of visitors will be carefully managed each day.
  • Everyone, whether you’re a WWT member or not, must book in advance for the day you wish to visit.
  • Bookings open every Wednesday morning at 9am for the following week, and you need to book before midnight the day before you’d like to visit.
  • Access to indoor areas will be limited.
  • Increased cleaning regime
  • Toilets are open but cafe, shop and children's play area will remained closed.

Read their full details here on how to book your visit, how to stay safe during your visit and what coronavirus precautions they have put in place to ensure you have a safe and fun day out at the wetland centre.

Whatever the season, come rain or shine the award-winning WWT Washington Wetland Centre is the perfect attraction in the North East which brings visitors closer to nature. Open 364 days, visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery, unforgettable wildlife encounters and special events all year round.

Explore a diverse mix of wetland, woodland, wildflower meadows and nature reserve home to a collection of exotic birds including Chilean flamingos, Asian short-clawed otters, flocks of wild waders, grey herons, woodland birds, insects and amphibians.

Visit Close Encounters and hand-feed the rarest goose in the world or watch once-extinct Eurasian cranes as they parade across the stream area.

Bird hides with views of lapwing, curlew and avocet are on the shore at Wader Lake; colourful bullfinches and great-spotted woodpeckers gather at Hawthorn Wood feeding station; mini-beasts lurk in Hollowood and fluffy ducklings and goslings hatch at our specialist duckery (Spring/Summer).

The attraction's Waterside Cafe serves up tasty food every day and is open to the general public (not including admission to the grounds). Plus there are outdoor picnic areas, an insect garden and Water Lab and rain garden to discover. With daily talks, regular seasonal events, the popular Splash Zone play area and WWT gift shop theres something for everyone.

WWT Washington have excellent disabled access and free wheelchair and electric mobility scooter hire (must be pre-booked).

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Registered charity in England & Wales no. 1030884 and Scotland SCO39410.

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Opening Hours

Open seven days a week.

Open 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3pm) - please try to stagger your arrival so that everyone doesn't arrive at 10am!

Pre-booking essential - new bookings open every Wednesday morning at 9am for the following week, and you need to book before midnight the day before you’d like to visit.

Telephone: 0191 416 5454



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