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“Wonderful Day Out for All”

National Centre for Birds of Prey
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Helmsley
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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 three times a day (11.30, 14.00 and 16.15) 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
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed May 3, 2013

My husband and I visited today. Everywhere we were met by friendly and helpful staff. Of course, the stars are the birds. The facility is well laid out and spacious. We had a lovely sandwich and coffee at the tea room. The 2:00 flying was fun and informative. I would definitely recommend this for families or anyone who loves birds. The prices are very reasonable. I had never seen Burrowing Owls before and we were delighted by their antics. We will definitely return for another flying demonstration.

Thank Joan W
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Very knowledgable staff, passionate about birds.
Could have made more of a day of it if there was a kids playground and picnic area, ended up paying for a family ticket for just an hour or so, as children lost interest after the show.

Thank Vicky H
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CharlieH360, Owner at National Centre for Birds of Prey, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2013

Thank you so much for coming and for going to the trouble of writing a review. I am really pleased you enjoyed seeing the birds fly. We do have a children's play area, however we do recognise that we aren't signposting it well enough. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. There are picnic tables in both the Hawk Walk and the flying ground.

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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Had a fabulous day out at ICBP Duncombe yesterday. Set in the fabulous Duncombe Park in Helmsley the centre only opened in March this year but already has a magnificent range of birds on display. The birds are well looked after in spacious aviaries. Each species has its own information panel giving lots of facts about the bird. The flight displays were impressive, with information being given about the birds in flight by knowledgeable and friendly staff. The entrance fee comes with a wristband which entitles you to leave and enter the centre as many times as you want to during the day. This allows visitors to walk around Duncombe Park itself and visit nearby Helmsley if wanted between displays. There are bathroom facilities on site, a gift shop and an excellent tea room serving a wide variety of freshly prepared food and drinks. It's well worth a visit and we well definitely be going back.

3  Thank JaxWest
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Great lay out of aviary wide range of birds on display. Birds were well looked after with huge avairys to fly around in. The bird flight displays were packed full of facts about the birds being flown and the staff are really friendly. As local we definitely recommend it and we will be going back

1  Thank Naomi T
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

A very pleasant few hours - a lot of information on the birds and in the most beautiful setting. The whole visit was topped off by the most impressive flying display. Well recommended

1  Thank rogersonaj
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