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Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Martin Mere, Fish Lane, Burscough, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 0TA

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 824 reviews824 reviews

Tel: +44 (0)1704 895181

Fax: +44 (0)1704 892343

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Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Ticket£12.98 per ticket
2 adults & 2 children£33.50 per ticket
65+, disabled, student£9.48 per ticket
Adult group rate (12 or more)£10.03 per ticket
Child (4-16 years)£6.18 per ticket
Child (under 4 years)Free
Child group rate (12 or more)£4.78 per ticket
Concession group rate (12 or more)£7.33 per ticket

Discounted rate available to residents staying at the Ramada Plaza and Scarisbrick Hotels. Please note that these prices include a gift aid donation and the prices are cheaper if you do not wish to pay that donation.


WWT Martin Mere is where wilderness and family-friendliness combine.

Autumn and winter are fantastic times to visit the nature reserve and animal collection. In autumn, up to 40,000 pink-footed geese use the reserve as a stopping point on their migration from Iceland providing a rare opportunity to see the display of thousands of geese whiffling over the mere. The geese are only with us a few weeks making this a must see attraction in October.  In winter, many thousands of wild ducks, geese and swans are drawn to the internationally-rated wetlands, offering spectacular displays of feather and flight with an award winning experience called Swan Spectacular.

Autumn and winter is also a great time for families to visit with daily otter and white stork feeds, weekend crafts, trails to follow, den building, an adventure play area, story time on a Thursday and a different theme every school holiday.

Everyday the swans are fed at 3pm from the Discovery hide and 3.30pm from Raines Observatory, both include a wardens talk, allowing opportunities to hear and see the swans as they feed right in front of the hide.

New in 2017:

Come and see the Royal Bank of Canada Show Garden.  This garden received a Gold award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2017 and the garden has been permanently relocated to Martin Mere. Designed by Charlotte Harris, the garden recreates the boreal environment and is located within the Wooded Wetlands development at Martin Mere.

At this time of year you could also see a huge flock of starlings dancing in the sky, kingfishers as they hunt for fish and tree sparrows as they use the bird feeders over winter. But there is plenty to see and do at Martin Mere all year round, with more than 100 types of rare and endangered water-birds to hand feed, a family of enchanting otters in residence, an imaginative playground for young adventurers, a canoe safari, boat tours, an inspirational eco-garden and a rolling programme of events, walks and talks.




  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Car Parking
  • Coach Parking
  • Disabled Access
  • Parking Available
  • Toilets

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside


  • Facility for service dogs

Children & Infants

  • Child Friendly

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Switch accepted
  • Visa accepted


  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • ReeneHolds
    Somerset, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Hen harrier and boxing hares made this visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 20th March 2018
    Visited early in March. I initally thought £14.00 entrance fee (each) was a bit steep but then remebered this is a charity, dealing with conservation issues so the fee is going to a good cause. We... Read full review
  • Tom B
    Trip Type:
    Regular visits since I was a kid in the 80’s
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th March 2018
    Martin Mere is a wonderful place... great for family days out and even if you’re on your own. Nice for a pic nic or even using their restaurant. The soup is amazing! I love what Martin Mere stands... Read full review
  • shugdiver
    St Helens
    Trip Type:
    Lovely Day out for all th family
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 13th March 2018
    Having not visited for many years we took the opportunity in the school brake to take the children. From the moment you arrive your our greeted by very helpful and staff of which most are volunteers... Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Martin Mere is located 6 miles from ormskirk and 10 miles from southport. Situated off the A59, the centre is signposted from junction 8 on the M61, Junction 3 on the M58 and junction 27 on the M6. There is free car parking on site.Postcode for Satellite Navigation: L40 0TA

Public Transport Directions

WWT Martin Mere is now offering a scheme where visitors who travel to the Centre without a car can receive discount entry on admissionBy walkingMartin Mere has created a new trail from Burscough Bridge Interchange. The well signposted two mile trail begins from behind the Manchester platform at Burscough Bridge Interchange and incorporates local tea rooms and the new Martin Mere reedbed walk. The signs are made out of recycled plastic.By cyclingThe Martin Mere Wetland Centre welcomes cyclists as an environmentally friendly and pleasant way to arrive at the centre. Jack Parker Cycles, in partnership with Martin Mere, now offer cycle hire from the Burscough shop. The hire fleet consist’s of a selection of gent’s, ladies, boys & girlsjunior bikes all fitted with puncture proof tires, also child seats & tag along bikes are available. All persons hiring will be supplied with helmets, locks and a map of area.The costs to hire are £8.00 per bike and £4.00 for child seats and tags. All bikes must be booked in advance by telephone on 01704 892442 or by calling into the shop at 62 - 64 Liverpool Road North, Burscough L40 4BY

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Opening Times

Summer Opening (1 Mar 2018 - 27 Oct 2018)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 17:30*
Winter Opening (27 Oct 2018 - 1 Mar 2019)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 17:00*

* Closed Christmas day

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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