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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 - 879 reviews879 reviews

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£14.00 per ticket
2 adults & 2 children£33.22 per ticket
65+, disabled, student£11.00 per ticket
Adult group rate (12 or more)£10.81 per ticket
Child (4-16 years)£7.50 per ticket
Child (under 4 years)Free
Child group rate (12 or more)£5.79 per ticket
Concession group rate (12 or more)£8.50 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.

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
  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    568
  • Very Good
    235
  • Average
    50
  • Poor
    13
  • Terrible
    13

Recent Reviews:

  • Christine D
    St Helens, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Enjoyable day
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 10th August 2018
    We took our 4 year old granddaughter with us we had been before but it was quite a while since.There has been lots of changes since our last visit which was good it was a very hot day but we still... Read full review
  • Sharon M
    Birkenhead, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Nice peaceful place to visit, lots to see!
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 10th August 2018
    Really nice place to visit, especially when the weather is good. We spent a few hours there and took part in some of the activities that were on, such as pond dipping and bug hunt. Well laid out... Read full review
  • forever-ill
    Trip Type:
    Family
    "You might get 'Bittern' and watch for the 'Terns' as you go" ;)
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 8th August 2018
    I was FIRST brought here when I was a child as this place was getting itself 'up and running' so we've duly "grown up together." Same for my cousins and brothers! As one year one of the adults of our... 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 2018 - 27 Oct 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 17:30*
Winter Opening (27 Oct 2018 - 1 Mar 2019)
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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