plan your visit

plan your visit

Just 15 minutes from central London, Walthamstow Wetlands is free to visit and easy to get to.

Walthamstow Wetlands is the capital's largest urban wetland nature reserve, providing a special home to many important wildlife species. The nature reserve encompasses 10 large reservoirs, which deliver water to 3.5 million Thames Water customers.

Here you can enjoy some peace and quiet, while getting closer to nature and discovering the fascinating history of this unique urban nature reserve. You can also enjoy the hospitality of the cafĂ©, situated in the Engine House Visitor Centre. For those wishing to run or cycle, we have a dedicated path that allows you to enjoy the nature reserve without disturbing the wildlife.

Walthamstow Wetlands is internationally important for wildlife, especially for migrating waterfowl, which fly many thousands of miles/kilometres to get here. The nature reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest; forms part of the Lee Valley Special Protection Area and is included in The Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. Please help us keep it special and safe, by reviewing the guidance onsite below.

Free admission for all.