Welcome to the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley
An Awesome North Yorkshire Attraction
We are open to visitors 7 days a week (including Sundays and Bank Holidays) from 10am. We’re open every day from 30th January until 24th December.
Many of the birds take to the skies in our spectacular flying demonstrations or are part of important breeding projects. From the tiny terrestrial Burrowing Owl to the mighty and majestic Steller’s Sea Eagle the National Centre for Birds of Prey houses the largest collection of birds of prey in the north of England.
We have a free ink stamp trail and a free word search/colouring in sheet for the children and you can take a stroll in the stunning 300 acres of woodland and parkland surrounding the centre.
Allow a good 2-3 hours to see everything, but many visitors stay all day. On entry you are issued with a wristband, this means you can leave the centre and re-enter as often as you wish. So you can go for a walk in the parkland or pop down to Helmsley between demos.
The Owl House Cafe serves a selection of hot and cold meals and snacks – and some rather good fresh ground coffee. The hot chocolate is bordering on being historic! Please note – the cafe closes for the winter at 4.15pm Saturday 29th October. Tea, ground coffee, hot chocolate and cold drinks are available in our shop through the winter season.
We have full disabled access throughout the site and dedicated disabled toilet facilities. Our paths are all compacted fine gravel. There are no steps anywhere on the site, and the only ramps are into the entrance area/shop and into the cafe.
We are unable to allow dogs within the centre grounds. However admission to the centre also includes admission into he surrounding parkland – which is great for dog walking. Click here for a parkland map.
International Centre for Birds of Prey
Please note – until recently we were known as the “International Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe (ICBP)”. The only thing we’ve changed is our name, we’re the same, the staff and directors are the same, and the place is the same!