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National Centre for Birds of Prey

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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...more
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Duncombe Park | Duncombe Park, Helmsley YO62 5EB, England
+44 844 742 2035
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All reviews flying display hawk walk duncombe park burrowing owl different species flight demonstrations bird handlers well worth a visit knowledgeable staff excellent value for money few hours great place to visit soup second visit gift shop great afternoon cafe on site
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Reviewed December 19, 2018 via mobile

The demonstrations which are regularly timed throughout the day are definitely worth attending! We arrived shortly after lunch with the intention of spending the afternoon at the National Centre for Birds our Prey and so timed our visit to allow us to attend the flying...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank filthurlow
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Our visit to the Centre was a great treat for me. It enabled me to see many birds at close quarters, that I had only seen from a distance in the wild. The birds all seemed to be in really good condition in spacious aviaries....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank travellerNEEngland
Reviewed November 12, 2018

We bought a winter owl experience which we went on last Saturday. It was a great experience with knowledgeable hosts who escorted us round the aviaries, gave us indoor flying demonstrations, fed us and then took us to watch the large owls flying outside. We...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank yorkshirelass002
Reviewed November 9, 2018

. . . .when most tourist attractions were closed, this place was a functioning and inspiring find. OK, the cafe on site was closed for the season, but Helmsley centre is close nearby and there's food aplenty there. The highlights of any visit have to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Alan_and_Marie3
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Walked round observing the raptors and reading about them, went to the Owl cafe for a drink and a nibble then went to the excellent flying display.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RaymondP1348
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

What a treat. The Birds of Prey centre is definitely worth a visit for anyone with even a passing interest in these magnificent creatures. Whilst not a massive area it is still very much value for the money, the live flying displays worth the admission...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jdburton89
Reviewed October 23, 2018

My wife and I were bought 'Hawk Walk' vouchers last Christmas and we finally had chance to use them. This was my second visit but my wife's first. We arrived early enough to have a look round the aviaries and watch the first flying demonstration...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RolfN
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

I have visited the centre twice now and both times have been fantastic. The first was an incredibly wet day in Spring but the sun came out for long enough for the display which made the trip worthwhile. The second trip was for an Owl...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Gengis25
Reviewed October 19, 2018

Huge range of birds of prey and lovely to see them flown and happy. Nice cafe. Not ideal for disabled (it's hilly) and the seating at the display ground is not suitable for disabled at all (can you fix this, please, guys?). I spent most...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ShelaghMason
Reviewed October 19, 2018

Display was a bit boring. Very little flying only 3 birds shown and one of them flew away. Not impressed

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank magee44
Charlie H, Owner at National Centre for Birds of Prey, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2018

I think you have reviewed the wrong place. We always fly more than 3 birds in each demo and i can't remember the last time that we had one "fly away". Could you check and edit please?

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April 23, 2018|
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Response from julesk737 | Reviewed this property |
No, although one of the owls flew so low over my head I felt it :-) TBH it was too cold to stay too long outside.
carol h
June 26, 2017|
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Response from Charlie_Heap | Property representative |
Not inside the centre but they are welcome in the surrounding parkland