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Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

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

Tel: +44 (0)1704 895181

Fax: +44 (0)1704 892343

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Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Ticket£14.30 per ticket
Child Ticket (4-16 years) - Kids under 4 years go FREE£7.65 per ticket
Concession Ticket (65+, disabled, student)£12.15 per ticket
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)£37.30 per ticket

Book online and save 10% on admission!

About

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

Spring and summer are fantastic times to visit the centre as new life develops allowing you to see the cute sights of ducklings, goslings, cygnets and chicks spring up around the reserve. Seasonal attractions include the award winning duckling nursery open from late May, take to the water and get a close encounter with nature on our award winning canoe safari and boat tour experience, den building, see what creatures you can find on bug hunts and pond dipping sessions every weekend.

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, den building, an imaginative playground for young adventurers, an inspirational eco-garden and a rolling programme of events, walks and talks.

Feature attractions

Wild Walk:

Explore our newest hidden gem of wetland habitat. The Wild Walk experience takes visitors on a journey through three types of wetland habitat, providing a taste of the ‘wild’ reserves, which are traditionally only accessed via viewpoints in hides.

Visitors are encouraged to bring wellies and meander through a maze of wetland tracks, through the muddy meadow to the middle maze lodge, across the wobbly web bridge to the wet woods and along a reedy ramble, discovering hidden play equipment along the way.

Royal Bank of Canada Garden

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.

Rushes Adventure Play Area

The Rushes is designed to reflect Martin Mere’s focus on the environment and natural play. It seeks to provide opportunities for all ages and abilities in a social, safe and clean context. Features include:

• Mini marshlands – Toddler play space
• The wetlands – water play space with dams, bridges and channels to explore
• Fly like a bird across a cableway
• Climb the giant treehouse and slide down the tunnel
• The reed bed – giant timber sculptures with nets and ropes for climbing, jumping, sliding and clambering on
• The sand flats – sand play area with playful grassy mounds and smooth boulders

Award winning Canoe Safari & boat tours

This self guided canoe safari offers families and adults a safe and fun way to explore the recently created reedbed habitat and its rich biodiversity. Adults and children alike will be able to enjoy spotting some of the UK’s most threatened species ranging from water voles to reed buntings whilst having plenty of fun!  The canoes can have up to three people in them and the charge to use the safari is £8.00 per boat.  Children under 18 must be accompanied in a boat with an adult.

The canoe Safari won the award for Best Visitor Experience in the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards 2011/12

In contrast take a peaceful tour of our wetlands via a guided boat, learning all about Martin Mere, watching wildlife, spotting dragonflies, listening for warblers and admiring the wild flowers whilst enjoying the peace and tranquillity. The boat tours cost £3 per seat for the 30 minute guided tour. The boats seat 8 people and can also accommodate 2 wheelchairs.

Facilities

Other

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

Accessibility

  • 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

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    623
  • Very Good
    251
  • Average
    52
  • Poor
    14
  • Terrible
    14

Recent Reviews:

  • benb180805
    Southport, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Lovely place
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th August 2019
    It’s a lovely day out to go with the family (although not the best to do if it’s rainy) as you may get a bit cold but all the ducks would be out! Read full review
  • Beautiful67
    Wonderful educational visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 19th August 2019
    Went with class in Summer. All enjoyed trip and activities carried out by staff were relevant to curriculum and educational. Lots for children to do and see. Only thing that spoilt it was the demand... Read full review
  • 111derekd
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Great Day Out
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 24th August 2019
    This is a great place to visit, there is a variety of rare birds and waterfowl including Pink Flamingos, Cranes, Geese, lots of ducks and a lot more. there are hides for bird watching and you can... 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

Special Offers

Opening Times

Summer Opening (1 Mar 2019 - 27 Oct 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 17:30*
Winter Opening (27 Oct 2019 - 1 Mar 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:30

* Closed Christmas day

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

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