Washington Wetlands is a nature reserve dedicated to preserving wildlife habitats and conserving a variety of species from across the world. Ran by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, they invite visitors to explore wetlands and woodlands and use their range of hides to spot local wildlife. Visitors can get up close to wildlife on daily flamingo walks. Additionally, you can meet their family of otters, and watch ducklings take their first steps in the Duckery. Also, there is an outdoor play area for children. Inspired by the land its on, the play area has Archimedes Screw in a Water Lab for children to explore.

Furthermore, Washington Wetlands is also furnished with a café and shop. The Waterside Café serves hot and cold food and drinks including light lunches and sweet treat! The gift shop sells a selection of souvenirs and gifts inspired by the wetlands.

Things to see and do:

  • Daily flamingo walks;
  • Meet the otters!
  • Wild reserve and Ganderland;
  • Hawthorn Wood and The Lookout;
  • Duckery;
  • Outdoor play area;
  • Café and shop.

To plan your visit, see here.


There is limited designated parking and drop-off area by the visitor’s centre.

Only assistance dogs kept on leads are allowed on the site to protect the wildlife.

There is a wheelchair and three mobility scooters free for hire in advance.

There are two accessible toilets on the nature reserve. One has baby changing facilities.

Furthermore, there are level access tarmac paths, other paths have a slight slope. Staff can advise the more accessible routes.

There are some tension gates on the reserve, staff can help you pass through these if you ask ahead.

All of the hides have level access. In addition, Hawthorn Wood hide has a wide window designed for mobility aid users.

For further information, click here.

Finally, to visit another Washington attraction, click here.

Q Is the site accessible for pushchairs?

Yes it is.

Q Is it dog friendly?

Only assistance dogs are allowed on the reserve.

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