Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
|Ticket Type||Ticket 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.
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.
Autumn and winter is also a great time for families to visit with daily otter feeds, weekend crafts, the Celebrity Dusty Duck trail (until 9 Jan), den building, an adventure play area, story time on a Thursday and a different theme every school holiday including the Pumpkin Festival in October Half Term and the North West Puddle Jumping Competition in February Half Term.
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, an inspirational eco-garden and a rolling programme of events, walks and talks.
Take a Wild Walk adventure
Explore our newest hidden gem of wetland habitat.
The new 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 the wildlife and giant sculptures.
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
- Car Parking
- Coach Parking
- Disabled Access
- Parking Available
- In countryside
- Facility for service dogs
Children & Infants
- Child Friendly
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- American Express accepted
- Delta accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Solo accepted
- Switch accepted
- Visa accepted
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good182
- Mike GTrip Type:FamilyDay outSunday, 19th February 2017It's been a few years since we've been. Seen some improvements and a few steps backwards. Lovely cafe tho expensive. 3 cheeky little otters and amazing exotic wild fowl. Even seen a tawny owl hiding... Read full review
- Lancs7LancashireTrip Type:FamilyLovely place to visitSunday, 19th February 2017We really enjoyed our trip here and for my young niece it was a wonderful opportunity to get up close to the wildlife. The place is well laid out and staff were helpful. Well worth a visit, Read full review
- Pat TLiverpool, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesCancelling Our Membership….Thursday, 16th February 2017As serious Wildlife Photographers (my husband has a BA hons and is a pro) we are keen members of most wildlife organisations. We have visited Martin Mere over the years and seen it become, as time... Read full review
Map & 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 admission
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.
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
|Winter Opening (27 Oct 2016 - 1 Mar 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||09:30||- 17:00*|
|Summer Opening (1 Mar 2017 - 27 Oct 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||09:30||- 17:30*|
* Closed Christmas dayDates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change