WWT Washington Wetland Centre


Telephone: 0191 416 5454


WWT Washington Wetland Centre is now open. Certain precautions are in place to ensure your visit to this family-friendly attraction is safe and enjoyable.

  • 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.
  • Increased cleaning regime.
  • The hides are open
  • Toilets within the visitor centre are closed. However, there are accessible, portable toilets near the play area and the compost toilet near the otter exhibit.
  • The café is open for takeaway food and drinks with a selection of outdoor seating and various picnic benches available for visitors to use. Limited indoor seats will be available.
  • The gift shop is open.
  • Contactless payments only at the café and gift shop.
  • The play area is open with reduced numbers and social distancing measures required. This area is cleaned daily.

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.


Whatever the season, come rain or shine, the award-winning WWT Washington Wetland Centre is the perfect North East attraction for bringing people 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 Ganderland and handfeed the rarest goose in the world, or watch once-extinct Eurasian cranes as they parade across the stream area.

Wader Lake is full of life, with views of lapwing, curlew, common tern and avocet at various times throughout the year (Check the WWT website for the best times to see the various birds). Get close to the noisy action from one of 4 wildlife hides – perfect for photo opportunities!

Hawthorn Wood hide is the perfect place to relax as you enjoy the busy bird life. Colourful bullfinches, nuthatch and great-spotted woodpeckers gather around our feeders, while mini-beasts of all shapes and sizes lurk in Hollowood.

The attraction's Waterside Cafe serves up tasty hot snacks, including warming soup with crunchy croutons. Plus hot drinks and sweet treats are also available to enjoy in outdoor picnic areas. There’s also a small selection of indoor café seating available for visitors, with views overlooking the lively stream channel.

Kids can enjoy the popular Playscape play area too, perfect for burning off those last bursts of energy.

WWT Washington has excellent disabled access, with free wheelchair and electric mobility scooter hire (must be pre-booked by calling the visitor centre).

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

Useful Information

Opening Hours

Pre-booking essential

Monday 10:00 - 17:30

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:30

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:30

Thursday 10:00 - 17:30

Friday 10:00 - 17:30

Saturday 10:00 - 17:30

Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

Telephone: 0191 416 5454



Events at WWT Washington Wetland Centre

Elf Academy

4 Dec 2021 to 19 Dec 2021


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