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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. Purchase a bag of grain as you arrive and get up close and personal with our feathery friends as they nibble food straight from your hand. 

Safety info

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

Nine 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 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.  Our new full menu will be launched on Friday 28 May.

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
    • Excellent
      661
    • Very Good
      261
    • Average
      56
    • Poor
      14
    • Terrible
      14

    Recent Reviews:

    • alanjohn2015
      Greater London, United Kingdom
      Disappointing because bird viewing hides still closed
      3 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 14th April 2021
      All the hides, which are the best place to see the birds, are still closed. Outdoors there are just one or two viewing places. Little or nothing has been done to improve the place since my last visit... Read full review
    • dclbrown61
      Manchester, United Kingdom
      Nice relaxing place
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 23rd April 2021
      Well laid out carpark, but dusty so be ready get get your car mats dirty, Well laid out and good service at reception. Cost for two adult ( booked on the internet) £31 for two adults. nice and flat... Read full review
    • Vincent M
      Limerick, Ireland
      If you have never been please go, you will enjoy it
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 9th June 2021
      Yesterday a party of four of us visited Martin Mere, two WWT members and two non-members. One of the non-members has a mobility issue at the moment and thanks to the staff at Martin Mere they... 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

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    Awards

    • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020
    • Regional AwardsWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

    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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