We're Good to Go

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Slimbridge.

We’ve been accredited with the ‘Good to Go’ stamp of approval, which means we are operating within government guidelines and public health guidance for managing coronavirus risk.

We’re carefully managing the number of people on site and have a booking system in place. We have hand washing stations and hand sanitiser points located around the grounds and near gateways. The toilets by the car park, gallery, Peng and canoe kiosk are all open and cleaned regularly. All the gates, hand rails, benches and signage are cleaned regularly throughout the day.

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Arriving

When you arrive our team of staff and volunteers are on hand to answer any questions you may have and to ensure you have a fantastic day out. To limit touch points and keep you safe we’re asking everyone to pay by card where possible.

Before you set off on your wetland adventure, why not take a picture of the site map to help you explore.

If you want to beat the queues why not arrive a little earlier in the day. Early risers will be rewarded with the glorious sounds of bird song and a chance to catch our wetland wildlife waking. We will be trialling timed tickets for the morning only to help spread out numbers and reduce queues. If you’d rather arrive later in the day, we are open until 5.30pm for you to have an early evening adventure.

Wheelchair hire is available. Scooter hire is now available daily, limited to 4 bookings per day at specific times (1 scooter at 10am, 11am, 12.00 and 1.00pm). Scooters must be booked in advance by calling 01453 891900, Monday to Friday.

Please be mindful that we do not allow dogs on site unless they are trained assistance dogs. Please do not bring your dog with you to the site and please do not leave your dog in the car.

When travelling through Slimbridge village please be mindful of our neighbours and reduce your speed to 20mph once you leave the A38.

Wildlife

Hides are fully open. Some hides will have limited capacity, please wear a mask inside enclosures unless exempt. There may be some early closures possible depending on staff capacity so please check the board on entrance. Extra wildlife viewing areas remain open, see below for more details.

You can venture out to our Summer Walkway to the banks of the Severn Estuary. There is a new viewing screen underneath the Estuary Tower along with a viewing screen on the South Finger Reedbed. A new short loop path around South Finger Reedbed has been introduced. Read more about these new wildlife viewing spots here.

We are working to open up or make accessible outdoor areas rich in wildlife to let you have as many wildlife watching opportunities as possible. From 19th July, we will be offering Wild Safaris again. Head out on to the reserve in our open trailer with the reserve team to discover more about the Slimbridge reserve, it's the perfect way to see all the best wildlife sightings and learn a thing or two about the Slimbridge reserve. There is a small fee of £5 per person, please book a place on arrival at admission.

Read more about our latest sightings and our seasonal wildlife highlights for hints and tips to really make the most of your time here.

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Plan your wetland adventure

Summer is a great time to visit and experience nature at its very best with 100 acres of wetland paradise to enjoy. There's so much to see and do at Slimbridge this season, highlights include: Taking in breath-taking scenes of the Severn from the Estuary Tower rooftop and exploring the serene Summer Walkway.

New: Unlock the secrets of Slimbridge with our new app Wetland Heroes. Explore the full extent of the Slimbridge site, particularly lesser known areas through fact finding missions and fun challenges that can be played by the whole family. Whether you're a first time visitor or seasoned member, there is always something new to discover on each visit to Slimbridge.

Mission Possible - explore the Hawaiian landscape at our new exhibit Mission Possible. Meet the world's rarest goose and find out more on how WWT founder Sir Peter Scott brought the species back from the brink of extinction.

Hand feed the birds bringing you up-close encounters with our feathered friends. You can purchase your bag of bird seed from the admissions desk when you arrive.

Eat, drink, shop

Our restaurant is now open sit down meals. We also have a selection of take away hot and cold snacks, drinks and ice creams available from our outdoor Canoe kiosk which is open daily for you to enjoy on-the-go to fuel your wetland adventure. Welly Boot Land kiosk is open during weekends and school holidays. Please check kiosk opening times on the day you visit at admissions as these can change due to staffing.

You’re more than 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 gift shop is open offering a gorgeous selection of gifts, fun toys, informative books and good value bird food and feeding accessories.

To limit touch points and keep you safe we’re asking everyone to pay by card where possible and in line with government guidance we are recommending that face masks be worn in all indoor spaces.

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Explore and play

Canoe Safari

Grab a paddle and take to the water in our award winning canoe safari. Set off on your watery adventure searching for moorhens, mallards, fish, water voles and the illusive kingfisher. Open every day from 11am to 4pm, weather dependant, you do not need to book in advance and the minimum age is 3. There is an extra charge of £10 for this attraction, payable via a card machine at the Canoe Safari.

Wild Safari

Head out onto the Slimbridge wild reserve in groups on the safari open trailer. A reserve guide will take you around the reserve for the best wildlife sightings and give an insight to the work we do to manage the Slimbridge site and make it an amazing home to lots of wildlife. There is an additional charge of £5 per person, pre-book on arrival at admissions.

Play areas

From splashing about in Welly Boot Land to running wild in Riverlife, our play areas are a total rush for children aged 3 to 12. The play areas are cleaned and disinfected regularly 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!

Please note Welly Boot Land and Riverlife are closed from time to time for 45 minutes when schools have booked use of it.

Book online today

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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