Sorry – we are closed until the coronavirus pandemic is under control

Stay Safe and Stay at Home


That’s it guys – we are closing the National Centre for Birds of Prey due to this blasted coronavirus pandemic.

Don’t worry, the birds will all be looked after. We have mountains of food in stock for them.

I struggle to put in to words how hard this is for me. The NCBP is not just part of my life – it is my life. It was conceived to share these wonderful birds with our visitors – and now we need to take a break from that.

Financially this is a bitter, bitter blow. The chancellor’s announcement on helping pay wages was gratefully received. But our costs go so much further than wages – and those costs don’t stop because we are closed.

But – you can donate here

You can help by adopting a bird

Booking an experience

or buying a voucher for a future visit

Don’t worry – we are extending the validity of all vouchers so you get chance to use them

These are frightening and challenging times. Please stay safe. Look after yourselves and please come and see us when this is all over.

Charlie x

The National Centre for Birds of Prey in Helmsley is a great day out in Yorkshire

The National Centre for Birds of Prey (NCBP) is a new visitor attraction situated at the magnificent Duncombe Park estate (click here for a map of the parkland walks) in Helmsley. Set within the world famous North York Moors National Park.

We are open to visitors 7 days a week (including Sundays and Bank Holidays) from 10am. We’re open every day from 28th January until 24th December. So we are open today, tomorrow, at the weekends and on Bank Holidays too!

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 children, in addition you can take a stroll in the stunning 300 acres of woodland and parkland of Duncombe Park surrounding the centre.

Allow a good 2-3 hours to see everything, but we stayed 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 walk in the parkland or pop to Helmsley between demos.”

The Owl House Cafeis open every day for home baked cakes, drinks, snacks and meals. Everything is freshly made on the premises using (as far as possible!) locally sourced Yorkshire produce. PLEASE NOTE – THE CAFE IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE WINTER. HOT AND COLD DRINKS ARE AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

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, furthermore 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 the surrounding parkland of Duncombe Park and that is great for dog walking. Click here for a parkland map.

International Centre for Birds of Prey

Please note that 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!

Connect with the National Centre for Birds of Prey online!

Even in poor weather it was a good visit with the flying display being a real highlight. Knowledgeable and helpful staff.

Really good sign information on each aviary explaining a large amount of interesting information. We’ve been before but brought a group of friends who were first timers and had a great time” Andrew Rogerson 

We had a fantastic day here. The hawk walk is highly recommended, you get close contact with a hawk and it is very educational. The centre is great too, the demonstrations are very good and you get to see the birds in all their glory in a huge arena. Very good.” Sophie Louise 

“The best day EVER!”, said my 6yr old son!” A fabulous day out. The flying demonstrations were lovely and the guys who led them seemed really relaxed and happy with their roles and very knowledgeable. They were happy to chat to both my children and answer any questions. The birds were brill!” Alice W 

Duncombe Park, home of National Centre for Birds of Prey