Arundel Wetland Center (WWT)
I have had an amazing day today visiting the Arundel wetland center with my husband and my little cousin who is only 7.
So this location is quite local to me and my husband drove us there today. We parked in the carpark at the Arundel Wetland Center itself , the car park is free and there are disabled carpark spaces available. At the end of this post I will leave a list of public transport options to get you too this brilliant destination.
We arrived there about 10:00am, we where lucky enough to have good weather, it was a little chilly but dry, which I could handle.
The Arundel wetland center is completely wheelchair friendly even the safari boat you can go on is wheelchair friendly.
When arriving you enter the main reception and information center this is where you pay for your entrance fee, there are toilets just past the reception area so I would suggest going before moving on as there isn’t any more toilets until you come to the safari boat part (which I learnt the hard way…). Also if you feel that you may need a wheelchair, they do have some for you to borrow, they are located just before the entrance where you start your walk around the center. There is also a restaurant in this part of the wetland center so you can top up on tea and maybe a slice of cake.
This is a lovely place to visit any time of the year they have lots to offer regarding the wildlife, beautiful birds, geese, ducks, moorhens and so on. There is alot for the children too interact with too and it will keep you on your toes (it did us my little cousin was running from one to the other extremely excited).
There are lots of benches through out the hole center, if you need to sit down at any time and it’s all hard-standing walkways so you don’t need to worry about wheelchairs or buggies getting stuck in the mud.
There is a pond life attraction that you can dip and discover with the kids which we did with my cousin she loved it we spent quite a while there and learnt alot about all the different types of pond wildlife (bugs and such) and their are birds that will eat from your hands, there are even ducks that dive under water.
You can also glide through the reeds on a boat safari, which wheelchairs can fit on as well! (which I have to say because the boat is electric it is lovely and peaceful and doesn’t scare away the wildlife.)
There is also a pond skater zone for the younger kids and a climb and slide on tree creepers for the older children, also depending on the time of year you visit there is a meadow maze for all ages (including the adults of course!).
If you love the wildlife and seeing different types of birds and the smaller little animals I’d definitely come here it’s a lovely quite,calm, relaxing place to visit.
Also, I wasn’t sure how big it was, but it is large we took over four hours to go around the whole place interacting and learning about the wildlife, so it makes a lovely day out!
They are disabled friendly in many ways, they wanted it to be a place everyone can visit. Here is a complete list from there website of what they offer.
*Free accessible car parking provision
*Trained assistance dogs welcome
*Maps can be enlarged (just call them before you leave)
* 4 manual wheelchairs and walkers available to loan first come first served basis
*Every area can be accessed
*Step free entry to ground floor hides with viewing windows for wheelchairs
*2 accessible toilets
*Accessible boat safari Max 2 manual wheelchairs per trip
A LITTLE BIT OF THE STORY!
“The ancient castle, steeply wooded cliffs of the Offham hanger and the rolling chalk hills of the south downs provide a beautiful setting for the WWT’s wetland centre a gem located in Arundel.
As well as the lovely setting this center is made extra special by the natural presence of the crystal-clear spring water and large internationally imported reed beds.
It’s hard to imagine what you would have seen here when WWT’s founder, Sir Peter Scott made inquiries about acquiring a site for a new wetland centre in the early 1970’s.
On a visit to the area Sir Peter was offered Swanbourne lake by the Duke of Norfolk. Instead, Sir Peter had his eye on the old neglected watercress farm by the river Arun across the road, saying that he believed the site would make a ‘most marvellous’ wetland centre.
Work got underway and the center opened in 1976.
Over the years thanks to the hard work of many staff and volunteers, the centre has undergone a transformation from the days of the watercress farm.
The work has included introducing collections of birds from around the world and building great facilities for visitors of all ages and of course the careful habitat creation, planting and management of the areas where nature has been allowed to re-colonize has helped to create the centre as you see it today.
The above is quoted from Arundel Wetland Centre Guild.
I think this is a brilliant place to visit with any disability and good fun for the whole family, if you get time I’d go and visit!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did writing about it. I would love to hear your story if you have been there to visit and what you thought!
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Arundel wetland center is open 7 days a week, 364 days a year.
Summer opening times 30th march – 25th October the center is open from 09:30 am till 5:30 pm last admission 5 pm.
Winter opening times: 26th October – 29th March 2019.
The center is open from 09:30 am to 4:30 pm last admission 4 pm
Closed on Christmas Day – closing at 2 pm on Christmas eve.
TICKETS WITH GIFT AID AND WITHOUT GIFT AID
Adult £13.30 - £12.09
Concession (65+, disabled, full-time student & unemployed) £11.30 - £10.27
Child (4-16 years) £ 7.15 - £ 6.50
Family (2 adults & 2 children,4-16 years) £ 34.75 - £ 31.59
Children (under 4 years) FREE - FREE
Essential helpers assisting disabled visitors FREE - FREE
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number – (01903) 883355
Address WWT Arundel, Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9PB