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“Fabulous facility for flying falcons!”

National Centre for Birds of Prey
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Helmsley
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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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
Rugby, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous facility for flying falcons!”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

This really is a top quality centre for birds of prey, set in the picturesque woodland within the bounds of Duncombe Park. The enclosures are very well built and maintained, the staff are extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly, and the collection of species is excellent; including one of the world's most iconic but threatened birds - the Steller's Sea Eagle!! :-)

Whilst being a tourist attraction, it's main aim is to contribute to the conservation of raptors (many of which are in dire threat of extinction) through awareness raising and also captive breeding (there was a recently hatched Griffon Vulture chick when we were there, and several other species were nesting). The centre additionally takes in injured and rehabilitated birds.

Whilst it was a thrill to see the variety of owls, falcons, vultures etc. in their enclosures, the greatest thrill is seeing the trained birds fly, which occurs three times a day throughout the main season. This really gives a chance to see a selection of birds up close in action, from the dashing skill of the falcons, to the majesty of the eagle owl, and most impressively of all the sheer enormity of the Steller's!

Some of the birds can't fly in rain, so there's the facility for an indoor flying show if the weather's inclement, albeit with an understandable loss of impact.

There are also special events such as falconry or photographic courses held at various times throughout the year which are well worth looking out for.

Definitely worth a visit and supporting via donations or buying gifts and treats from the shop.

There are some good videos including footage showing the construction of the centre on youtube.

Visited May 2014
Thank AndyPic
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Stockton on Tees
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“Brilliant,very interesting,make sure you visit.”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Well worth a visit,the staff are so enthusiastic,and knowledgable,and the birds are varied,well looked after,and a joy to see wether they are flying or at rest. You get to know a lot of information about them when the birds are flying. The cafe is worth a visit too,and the gift shop is reasonably priced. Great.

Visited May 2014
Thank Angela L
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
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“A valuable day out”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

We visited with different expectations but unanimously came away feeling we had come across something rather special. Our children delighted in watching the birds in their mini habitats and reading about the different species. We were all bowled over by the tutored flight sessions...passionate and educational but overall just full of wow moments as huge skilful and obviously very happy birds skimmed and swooped over and around us. The work carried out here is obviously vital too....oh...and THE best hot chocolate EVER .... we've tried a fair few before ! Thank you for your dedication and kindness. Highly recommended for all ages.

Visited May 2014
Thank Helen W
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

Visiting on a delightful, sunny and warm May day this review was always going to be good! However this centre deserves the recognition it has received on here.
It's conservation work, level of bird welfare and its awareness of visitors needs were brilliant. Three flying shows spread throughout the day, all featuring different birds, coupled with the fact you can leave and come back later in the day makes this an ideal addition to a visit to Helmsley.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is more about our experiences than theirs. We have been to many many birds of prey centres over the years and witnessed some amazing flying demonstrations. The ones here were very good and the use of birds in training caused some amusing events but they lacked a little interaction to beat the best we have seen.
Long may places like this continue to help these amazing creatures.

Thank Rob F
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“excellent venue”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

We visited Duncombe Park today and had a brilliant day out. If you like birds you will like the Centre for Birds of Prey. There are lots of birds and they do three different shows each day. The birds are flown in the open unless the weather is bad in which case they are flown in an indoor area. The birds are kept in good conditions and the staff are knowledgeable about the birds in their care. We spent 5 hours there looking round and taking in 2 of the days 3 shows. Well worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
Thank SandraandAlan
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