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“The whole family enjoyed the day out.”

National Centre for Birds of Prey
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$49.15*
and up
The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #1 of 18 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 & 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
Portree, Scotland, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“The whole family enjoyed the day out.”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

Really enjoyed our day. The displays were very informative and entertaining. The birds are beautiful and to see the expertly handled display flights is really impressive. We all stayed for both afternoon displays to see 3 different birds flown at each display and toured the aviaries as well. Could have stayed the whole day as the setting is beautiful. Will return and make a day of it next time. Tea rooms excellent too, nice atmosphere and good food.

Visited July 2013
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Just called in to see the gardens but found that the birds of prey situated here made a memorable visit.The large cages are situated in a lovely area and there is quite a large collection to be seen up close.We spoke to one of the staff who explained more about the centre. There are 3 flying displays but unfortunately we were not able to stay to witness them which was shame.There is a nice cafe on site as well as a gift shop.Prices were very reasonable , glad that we discovered this attraction.

Visited July 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Excellent value”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We went to Duncombe park primarily to walk around the grounds but also went to see the Birds Of Prey. Thereare three displays each day, each using different birds and we managed to see two. A wonderful photo opportunity and the two 'handlers' were excellent. Entertaining and informative - however the stars of the display were undoubtedly the birds !
Facilties at Duncombe are very good and I can recommend the cafe which provides pretty much everything from teas and coffees to a hot lunch. A great day out and the park itself is beautiful.

Visited July 2013
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Cupar, Scotland, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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“Amazing birds and great demonstrators”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

It cost £24 for a family ticket but it was worth it. The demonstration is worth this alone. The handlers give enough information to be interesting but not so much that you have forgotten it by the time you get back to the car. The surroundings are beautiful and the birds are incredible. It is worth a detour.

Visited July 2013
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant Day Out”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

It is so refreshing to visit a Bird of Prey centre where the birds are kept in a clean and spacious environment. The obvious enthusiasm of the staff rivaled my own excitement at seeing a new falconry centre with such a promising beginning. The displays were wonderful, with Chilean eagles flying above our heads to Lanner Falcons darting through the sky. There are also different types of Bird of prey than you would usually find in falconry centres, giving appeal to the avid Bird of Prey enthusiast as well as novices. The information provided during the display and even around the bird enclosures is informative and really interesting. It was wonderful to see more female falconers at the ICBOP, moving this falconry centres into the present whilst embracing a continuing fascination in Birds of Prey. (Tea room was also fantastic, hot chocolate and service was brilliant!)

Visited July 2013
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CharlieH360, Owner at National Centre for Birds of Prey, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Thanks for coming and thanks for such a great review!

We do indeed have 2 female falconers here. Both Anabelle and Rebecca are hugely capable with the birds and both do great demos - we are lucky to have them. Don't tell all those male falconers out there - but the girls are coming!!

We loo forward to seeing you back before long.
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