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National Centre for Birds of Prey
Ranked #1 of 12 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 twice times a day (three times in summer) 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
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 23, 2013

This centre was a real surprise and offered several flying demonstrations every day. To see the great variety of birds of prey both at the centre and in full flight is an experience not to be missed. It is set in the beautiful grounds of Duncombe House which have some lovely walks overlooking the surrounding countryside.

1  Thank John K
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Husband and I visited the Birds of Prey Centre at Duncombe Park on 18th July. We spent all day there, watched all three displays throughout the day. It was absolutely fantastic. The staff are brilliant with both the birds and the customers. I would also recommend the Fountain Teashop, lovely big pot of tea and home made cakes. Would also recommend the gardens around the house, lots of woodland walks and kept really nicely. We had such an enjoyable time, and to be able to see such gorgeous birds of prey up close was the icing on the cake. Will be bringing out two grandchildren in August when we next visit the area. Can't wait - I sincerely hope this venture is a great success; it certainly deserves to be.

2  Thank rozndave
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

A very enjoyable visit !!~~ the birds of prey demonstration was great, and we would certainly return. The staff were friendly and informative.The admission price includes access to all of the walks and garden areas, plus you can leave the estate, visit the town of Helmsley and return to the estate [on the same day] if you wish to do so.The only negative was that on the day of our visit, the cafe was closed, due to some problem which wasn't fully explained

1  Thank linda c
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CharlieH360, Owner at National Centre for Birds of Prey, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2013

Thank you for your wonderfully positive review.

The Fountain Tearoom is not run by the Bird of Prey Centre. It is separately owned and run. On the day in question the owners had an unexpected family problem and had to drop everything and go.

However all is well now - hopefully you will come and sample the food at the tearoom before too long. It is very good!

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Had a great visit to this attraction, I would recommend anyone to go, the birds are amazing and so well loved and looked after. it is well worth going to .

1  Thank sjm186380
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

A really good day out. We are locals and been meaning to visit since it opened in the spring - we will go back. Very well laid out with big enclosures for all the birds who looked happy. Beautiful location with lovely parkland all around - access is included in the cost of the entry fee. Flying demo was informative and a good range of birds from a young tawny owl to a huge eagle. Very good value for money as you can re-enter as often as you like to return to see all three flying demos. The staff were friendly and well informed.

1  Thank BodgerDogSproxton
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