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“Excellent attraction. ”

National Centre for Birds of Prey
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$53.69*
and up
The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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 twice a day (three times in the summer) (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.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

We visited Helmsley this weekend and whilst I was looking on the Visit Helmsley website I came across this new attraction, what a find. There are 100 birds kept in large Averie's that are very well kept and also have information boards that offer clear and concise information. You can tell everyone who works there is very passionate about the birds. At present there are two flying displays and in the summer this goes up to three, every display is different as they rotate the birds and the staff giving the displays are very knowledgeable and friendly and happy to answer questions. Another brilliant thing is that the entry fee of £8.00 per person also includes entry to the grounds of Duncolme Park so you can really make a day of it and walk around the many trails and come back for the flying displays at the set times. Sadly the attraction does not currently have a tearooms as the owners of the tearooms that was there had to close in Sept last year, tea/coffee and snacks are available but as your ticket allows you to go in and out as many times as you want during the day, you can easily pop into Helmsley for lovely fish and chips, ask in the shop and they will tell you about the discount that has just been set up with the fish and chip shop in Helmsley. A brilliant attraction, if your in the area please visit it's worth every penny.

Thank Jenny C
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Charlie_Heap, Owner at National Centre for Birds of Prey, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. New birds are joining the flying team all the time. One of our Steller's Sea Eagles is starting to do demos and our more experienced falcons will come and re-join the team in a few weeks. Exciting times!

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Reviewed March 2, 2014

A really Interesting, fun visit enjoyed by my girlfriend and I. The staff were all extensively knowledgeable of the birds and were willing and happy to answer all of our questions.

We were treated in seeing a practice flight by Iyo the owl whilst hearing all about her past and learning curve. All of the aviaries have information panels detailing the birds credentials along with personal details of the specific birds.

Although the coffee shop isn't open yet we were provided with a nice brew to keep us warm.

The flying team demonstration at 2pm was fantastic, the 30min show contained a range of owls, eagles and buzzards performing all manner of acrobatics and at some points required the audience to duck!!!

If you're looking for something a little different I thoroughly recommend the Duncombe Park Birds of Prey Centre. We shall be back!

Thank Duncan R
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Charlie_Heap, Owner at National Centre for Birds of Prey, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2014

Thank you writing such a great review. We try really hard to make the flying demos entertaining and fun - looks like we succeeded!

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Reviewed February 24, 2014

We visited on a dank and wet Monday in February half term. Before we paid I checked that the 2 scheduled flying demonstrations would be going ahead due to the poor weather (we've fallen for that before at other places!!)....and they were :-) Great value £24 (2 adults and 2 teenagers). We arrived about 11am and left about 4pm. This is a new attractions so it is very well set out and the birds are well cared for. Both flying displays were informative and interesting (and both had different birds on show).
Just something to check- there is no café there at the moment, only hot drinks. It wasn't a problem for us as we'd taken a picnic but I know some people like to eat at the venue.
We would definitely go again.

Thank TW6671
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Charlie_Heap, Owner at National Centre for Birds of Prey, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2014

Thanks for writing your review - as you found we fly the birds come rain or shine! We are lucky to have a number of places to fly the birds depending on the weather. So we use the main flying ground most of the time, but we have an area in the woodland on windy and we even have an undercover area if it is pouring down!

We have just struck a deal with Scotts of Helmsley )a really good fish and chip restaurant) ICBP visitors can get a 20% on lunch there now. Bargain!

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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Really enjoyed to be our evening last night in the bed of a centre in Duncan Park. Have a delicious dinner coupled with an informative evening watching a number of different types of owls fly inside and out in the woods. Including Eagle owls, barn owls, and Scops owl. Highly recommend it to anyone whether you know a lot or just a little about these beautiful birds and would like to know more.

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Reviewed February 22, 2014

This bird sanctuary is really lovely. Not too much walking for little legs and the less able bodied.

You must see one of the flying displays as these show the passion and dedication the staff have for these beautiful birds.

In the shop you can get a hot / cold drink and snack but no meals are served. Will visit again

Thank bah259
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