Europe’s largest urban wetland just 15 minutes from central London!
Walthamstow Wetlands is home to an abundance of wildlife...
The Victorian Engine House now houses a visitor centre, cafe, gallery, viewing terrace and more
Walthamstow Wetlands, Europe’s largest urban wetland, is a 211 hectare nature reserve located in the heart of London’s Lee Valley, just 15 minutes from central London.
The area remains a Thames Water operational site with the 10 reservoirs supplying 3.5 million people with water, however it has now been regenerated and opened to the wider public for the first time in 150 years.
Built in 1894, the Victorian Engine House is a locally-listed building and now houses the visitor centre, cafe, gallery, viewing terrace and educational space whilst the Grade II-listed Coppermill Tower provides a unique viewing platform with stunning views across London.
Things to do
Walthamstow Wetlands is home to an abundance of wildlife including overwintering wildfowl and breeding birds such as grey heron, tufted duck and little egret. Swifts visit during the summer and kingfisher and peregrine falcon can be seen all year round.
As an increasing focal point for wildlife enthusiasts and visitors who wish to connect with nature within the city, Walthamstow Wetlands offers space to explore and relax.
So whether you wish to enjoy some peace and quiet, observe wildlife, learn how London’s water is delivered, fish, run, cycle or enjoy the hospitality of the Engine House, there will most certainly be something for everyone.
Admission is free, seven days a week - 363 days of the year.