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National Centre for Birds of Prey

#1 of 18 things to do in Helmsley Features Animals
| Duncombe Park, Helmsley YO62 5EB, England
+44 844 742 2035
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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.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
| Duncombe Park, Helmsley YO62 5EB, England
+44 844 742 2035

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Set in beautiful parkland, there were some beautiful, well looked after birds to look at in spacious enclosures. Then the display was absolutely astounding! There were about 5 birds involved and it lasted a long time! The keepers were enthusiastic and it wasn't like my...More

Thank Emylou10
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a great time today at the National Centre for Birds of Prey. All birds are in great health condition and happy. We managed to see two flying demonstrations and they were fantastic. Would love to go back there. We highly recommend it to...More

Thank Pupak M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent the day here on Sunday. When arriving we joined a group of people entering the weighing house then followed down to the flying area. My husband and friend sat and watched whilst I was in the field with the group throwing food up into...More

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Charlie_Heap, Owner at National Centre for Birds of Prey, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Of course we don't ask private groups to carry signs around with them explaining that they are a private group! Maybe all our visitors should be issued with a sign explaining that they have come with their family, or with their partner, or that they...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here last week and a bit disappointed. Birds looked healthy enough per se although the cages for the first ones viewed were filthy and appeared to have little in the way of any environmental enrichment. Staff at bird flying session knowledgeable though.

1  Thank Gordon850
Charlie_Heap, Owner at National Centre for Birds of Prey, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I can only assume that this review has been left in the wrong place. There is no way that any of our enclosures can be described as "filthy". Either that or it's something more sinister - who knows?

Reviewed 1 week ago

Please go, this centre is amazing and they truly re-habilitate birds in need. All the birds looks very healthy and well fed and well kept. The landscape is beautiful and there is a lovely gift shop which all the contributions goes to the maintenance of...More

Thank Raffaella S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited the Bird of Prey Centre in Helmsley a number of times now and have not once been disappointed. The venue itself is very smart and well kept. The birds enclosures are also well maintained and there is information about all the birds....More

Thank ClareF017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very friendly informative staff. A large selection of birds well cared for. Flying display really well done and enjoyable.

Thank Debdrew9
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been a fan of birds of prey since I was knee high to a grasshopper and have spent many an hour in the Newent falconry centre.I even have a copy of, As The Falcon Her Bells, signed by the man himself. The wife...More

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with the york pass. Children loved it. The flying shows are amazing. So impressed with the amount of skill from the and woman facilitating the shows. To manage the birds so well and sensitivily while also captivating and engaging the audience is truly highly...More

Thank Rehana H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the Raptor experience which was fabulous. Includes one of the flying displays which were really informative and spectacular to see the flight of the birds. Special bit of the experience though is having birds fly onto your glove - amazing to get...More

Thank David P
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27 June 2017|
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Response from Charlie_Heap | Property representative |
Not inside the centre but they are welcome in the surrounding parkland
Elizabeth A
23 September 2016|
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Response from Charlie_Heap | Property representative |
Follow the brown signs to "birds of prey centre" and "Duncombe park". We are a 2 minute drive or 12 minute walk up a slight hill through the parklands
30 July 2016|
Response from Charlie_Heap | Property representative |
The York Pass gets you in for free - how's that for a discount?!