National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley: Hours, Address, National Centre for Birds of Prey Reviews: 5/5

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Open 7 days a week from 19 February until 31 October. The National Centre for Birds of Prey at Duncombe Park is the largest collection of these amazing birds in the north of England. You will find over 100 owls, eagles, vultures, falcons, hawks kites and more in a spacious 10 acre setting. We are a leader in the captive breeding, welfare and conservation of these awesome birds. Please don't compare us to other bird of prey centres, we are in a different league! We have a team of trained bird who fly twice times a day at 11.30 and 14.00. Different birds are flown at each demo. We even have an indoor area if the weather isn't being kind. In recognition of the quality of the National Centre for Birds of Prey - we won our category in the White Rose Awards, the UK's largest regional tourism awards and then we won best attraction in the Visit York awards
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Paul W
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Family
We visited the centre as a family of three on the August Bank Holiday weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the day. I would highly recommend anyone to visit the centre. Good value for money, run by dedicated, enthusiastic staff and handlers that share their passion for conservation, their knowledge and back stories of the birds with great humour. As others have commented, the flying demos were the best we have seen. The sunny weather and thermals certainly helped. Watching a Lanner Falcon climb over 2000ft then plummet within inches over the crowds head at full speed to catch the lure in front of you is spectacular. There is a good cafe there, but we also took a picnic as there are plenty of benches and places for this. You can also come and go from the centre, so we walked into Helmsley for ice cream before the final show. We were glad we saw all three displays as the finale with six Black Kites buzzing over the crowds head and landing next to you was truly amazing.
Written August 29, 2021
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Karen L
7 contributions
Family
Lovely day out with all the family . It is in the grounds of duncombe park and your admission fee lets you enjoy the grounds as well as the birds. There are 3 flying shows each day and the falconers gave a running commentary throughout the show .Their love for the birds came across very strongly and we were even treated to the appearance of a wild red kite which they are trying to encourage by giving it food. There is a nice little cafe on site ,all in all well worth a visit
Written June 7, 2022
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Kirsty H
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Family
We visited yesterday last minute for a ‘Hawk hike’, but if we had only visited for the flying demonstrations, our entry fee would still have been well spent. The flying displays were outstanding and all staff clearly knew a huge amount about the birds, but also cared deeply for them. My personal favourites were the owls!
We communicated with Charlie via email regarding booking, and the lady at reception, and Ben for our hike, and all were fantastic.
The hawk hike was wonderful- my teenagers were fascinated by the information that Ben gave us and learned so much from him. He knew the bird well (a Harris hawk) and was very knowledgeable.
We liked the signs and boards with witty comments! Also close enough to nip into Helmsley itself for lunch if the cafe isn’t open. The gift shop is brilliant too.
Don’t miss the board with the description of how they bred and released a vulture- it made me really quite emotional! Beautifully written by Charlie.
Don’t miss this little gem of a place- we will definitely be back.
Written April 15, 2021
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Alison G
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We visited as a couple on Thursday 19th August 2021 and found the £10 admission fee which includes parking, total use of grounds and up to 3 displays of the birds of prey very good value, especially if you decide to stay for the 3 demonstrations. In between the display times you can explore the large grounds, see all the birds and visit the reasonably priced cafe. Great for a family day out.
Written August 22, 2021
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Heather W
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Couples
We’re regular visitors to NCBP and have been for years. I couldn’t speak more highly of the place. Charlie and the team do a wonderful job educating the public about their birds and you can tell how much they love their work and the animals in their care.

In addition to our regular visits (about 3/4 times a year) we also enjoyed one of the winter owl evenings last year. It was a fantastic experience and I’d recommend it to anyone who fancies doing something a little different when the nights draw in.

NCBP is a perfect day out. We usually turn up in time for the first afternoon flying demonstration, then pop to the cafe for lunch, have a wander round seeing our favourite birds (I recommend spending some time with the crazy caracaras) and then head back to the flying ground for the last demo of the day. It truly is my happy place.
Written September 4, 2021
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Jayne
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Family
Fabulous place for all ages, all the staff are brilliant, the birds are stunning and very well looked after. The cafe is lovely and reasonably priced and the entrance fee of ten pound is very cheap for what is included, beautiful walks, three flying displays and lots of birds to see on your walk round. Please support this beautiful place so we can always have these majestic birds with us 😁
Written September 11, 2021
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kevin h
Wakefield, UK91 contributions
Visited here on Saturday the place is well set out with a well signed walk round the aviaries so you can see all the birds. The flying display was good and informative.the cafe has a selection of light bites and sandwiches for reasonable prices.
Written August 15, 2021
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PhenomChriso
Telford, UK6 contributions
Expected to only spend 1 hour here at most but ended up spending the entire afternoon here. £10 seems a very small entrance fee for what you get. Could easily charge £15 in my opinion.
The Birds all look well cared for and the enclosures are kept in good condition.
The best part however was the demonstrations. We attended the 2pm and 4.15pm ones and were very impressed. You can see the level of trust the birds had with their trainers and it was a privilege to see such beautiful and magnificent animals so up close and personal.
Charlie and Ben were incredibly entertaining and engaging and you could tell how much love they had for their birds which showed in the birds' trust in them. Also their knowledge of Birds of Prey cannot be faulted.

Me and my Wife had an excellent day and will be recommending to our friends for a day out with their children and will also be sure to return in the future when we return to the area (particularly for the Night Time Owl Flights.

Well Done to all the team and keep up the good work in Conservation you have been doing!
Written July 14, 2021
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Graeme T
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Family
Decided to visit on what turned out to be a wet grey day. But the weather didn't spoil the day. Loads of birds to see, loads of information panels gauged at all ages. We saw two flying displays. The falconers were knowledgeable and had a really good rapport with the birds. They spoke to the crowd really well. The audience whilst we were there ranged from 4 to 80's and everyone was listening. The owl cafe food was priced very well and the quality was very high. The stamp trail for the kids was a good addition to keep ours interested in walking round even on a wet day. All in all a really good day out. We would definitely visit again and try and see some more of the estate. Highly recommend.
Written October 22, 2020
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Ellie C
Melton Mowbray, UK26 contributions
After years of saying we'd go there we finally managed it today, and it will not be our last visit. An absolutely brilliant day out, very informative and lots of fun.
Apart from the opportunity to see so many beautiful and wonderful birds it was great to see the work being done to keep these fascinating creatures from disappearing from our world.
The centre itself was well set out and easy to access and navigate, was clean, tidy and the birds kept in top conditions as well as looking bright eyed and healthy and certainly very happy.
The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and provided an entertaining and interesting talk during the flight display. Would have sat there all day had the rain not made an appearance.
The cafe was reasonably priced and offered both dairy free and gluten free options and the staff were both friendly and efficient. Food was lovely too.
The gift shop was similarly well priced and offered something for everyone at every price point. The lady on the ticket counter was, like all the other staff on site, helpful and welcoming.
Overall, I cannot recommend this amazing place enough as it offers something for everyone be they families with children, couple or individual travellers and anyone looking to learn more about the beautiful birds of prey we share this world with.
Written October 18, 2021
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