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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£15.50 per ticket
Child Ticket (4-16 years) - Kids under 4 years go FREE£8.30 per ticket
Concession Ticket (65+, disabled, student)£13.15 per ticket
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)£40.45 per ticket

We are asking everyone to book online in order to limit numbers to our site.

About

There’s a fantastic day ahead of you at Martin Mere Wetland Centre. Enjoy splashing, dipping, playing, feeding, paddling and getting up-close-and-personal to some of nature’s most wonderful wildlife.

We've 800 acres of adventure to flutter hearts, home to thousands of rare birds; a cheeky family of otters; an all-star cast of pretty pink flamingos and a group of white storks to mention a few.

Safety info

Our one way system around the grounds means that you can wander around safely enjoying the wildlife and all gates can be pushed open with hand washing stations and hand dryers available. The toilets by the play area, café, canoe safari and along the nature trail are all open and cleaned hourly. All the gates, hand rails, benches and signage are cleaned regularly throughout the day. To limit touch points and keep you safe we’re asking everyone to pay by card.

Wildlife hides and spotting

Eight out of our ten hides, reedbed walk and viewing screens are open! Spring is an amazing time to discover wetland wildlife whether it is exploring our mile long reedbed walk listening for species like cetti’s warbler, sitting and viewing perching birds eat from our feeders, or overlooking the vast mere and marshlands as migrant waders breed, kingfishers feed and marsh harriers fly overhead.

Canoe safari

Grab a paddle and take to the water in our award winning canoe safari. Embark on the canoe via a self-service jetty and set off your watery adventure searching for moorhens, mallards, fish, water voles and the illusive kingfisher. Open everyday from 11am to 4pm, you do not need to book in advance and the minimum age is 5. There is an extra charge for this attraction, payable via a card machine at the canoe lodge.

Play areas

From zip wire screams and scramble net laughs and treehouse trailblazing, our huge adventure playground is a total rush for ages 3 to 12. The play area is cleaned and disinfected twice a day 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!

Pond dipping

At the weekends between 1.30pm and 3pm, delve into our ponds and see what creatures are lurking beneath. Can you find the slippery newts or dinosaur like dragonfly nymphs in this free activity? No booking is required to take part but it is recommended to come later in the session to avoid the initial queue.

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.

Eat, drink, shop

We have a selection of take away hot and cold snacks, drinks and ice creams available from our outdoor kiosks for you to enjoy on-the-go to fuel your wetland adventure. Snacks include tasty pasties, yummy sausage rolls and brownies. You’re also 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 retail shop is open offering a gorgeous selection of gifts, fun toys, informative books and good value bird food and feeding accessories.

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.

Facilities

Other

  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Car Parking
  • Coach Parking
  • Disabled Access
  • Groups accepted
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Parking (free)
  • Parking Available
  • Toilets
  • Wheel Chair Hire

Accessibility

  • Facility for service dogs

Children & Infants

  • Child Friendly

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment only
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • One way system
  • Online booking only
  • Outside seating
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

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
  • Travelers Choice 2020
  • Excellent
    660
  • Very Good
    260
  • Average
    55
  • Poor
    14
  • Terrible
    14

Recent Reviews:

  • 2008J-V
    Whangarei, New Zealand
    Trip Type:
    Family
    A great day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 10th October 2020
    They've made major changes to accommodate required social distancing etc, and gave made it an even more enjoyable place to visit. Well organised and great to visit, irrespective of age. Read full review
  • JulieW1702
    Darwen, lancashire
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Slightly disappointed.....😕
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 17th October 2020
    Start with the positives.....very clearly laid out one way system throughout the wetland areas. Plenty of sanitising stations to easily access. Cafe good as always. But.....there was quite a few of... Read full review
  • julie D
    Carnforth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A Xmas eve to remember
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 24th December 2020
    Xmas Eve ! Covid Pandemic! What to do to make A perfect safe and exhilarating day out ...... The day was cold crisp and glorious . The Centre was safe and welcoming . The animals unusually friendly... 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

Martin 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 cycling The 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 & girls junior 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

Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

Opening Times

Open New Year
Summer Opening (1 Mar 2021 - 27 Oct 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 18:00
Bank Holiday09:30 - 18:00
Winter Opening (27 Oct 2021 - 1 Mar 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:30

* Closed Christmas day

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