Eurasian Eagle Owl at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK

Owl Experience

Owl Experience

What could be more special than a morning spent with our owls? For those with an interest in owls of all descriptions, an Owl Experience is for you. Both adults and children (aged 10 and over) are welcome.


10am Start and introductions. We lend everyone a glove and head straight to the flying ground to fly some of the trained owls straight to your hand.

Break for a drink (included in the price)

Then a chance to hold an handle some more of our owls – all the time a member of our staff will be on hand to help and answer any questions.

11.30am – flying demo, your chance to see a range of our birds doing their thing.

Then we have a guided tour of the owl aviaries around the centre.

1pm (approx) Finish, however you are then welcome to spend the rest of the day at the centre if you wish.


Great Horned Owl at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK


The Owl Experience is available on selected days throughout the year. Dates can be found in the drop down list towards the bottom of the page. Please note – we tend to fill up pretty quickly, please book early!

However if you can get a party of 6 together – contact us and we should be able to hold a private Owl Experience just for you on a date of your choosing.

Once you have booked a date we ask you to give us a minimum of 14 days notice if you wish to change that date. Cancellations within 14 days of the booked date are not refundable.


You are welcome to bring spectators at a cost of £15 per adult and £10 per child and this includes a drink and entry to the centre for the whole day. Get them to bring a camera!!


Casual clothes and sensible shoes and a coat if the weather is looking dodgy however we do have indoor areas if the weather is bad.

Burrowing Owl at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK


Vouchers are valid for 18 months from the date of purchase. On buying you’ll be emailed a download link leading to your ticket/voucher.

Vouchers can be bought as presents. Click “Buy Now and Book Later” to buy a voucher and book a day at a later time. On buying you’ll be emailed a download link leading to your ticket/voucher. The voucher can be printed and gifted or forwarded by email. Buy Now and Book Later vouchers have a code that can be used online, in person or over the phone to book a date (online is best!)

Children aged 10 and over are welcome, however we ask that they should be accompanied by a participating adult.

Please let us know of any disabilities so we can make sure you have the best experience possible

Abyssinian Eagle Owl at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK

Owl Experience

From: £75.00

Dates for the owl experiences  are below. Please note – numbers are limited, please book early.

If you would rather buy a voucher for an experience  without choosing the date yet – please select “Buy Now and Book Later”. However please note – you must book a date before attending!

If you already have a “Buy Now and Book Later” voucher – please choose your date, click “Book” and you’ll be able to enter your voucher code on the cart or checkout page.

All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions. Full Terms and Conditions can be found here. Please take careful note of our terms regarding changing your booking.

Owl Experience, Buy Now and Book Later


If you are buying a voucher as a gift or just don’t want to choose your date just yet – this option is for you!

Vouchers are valid for 18 months from purchase.

You will be emailed PDF vouchers (one voucher per person) that can then either be printed and gifted, or emailed.

The voucher contains a code. That code can be used to book the date online, over the phone or in person. (online is best!!)

“I booked the owl experience on June 24 a birthday present for my wife and what a great experience it was. She tells everyone how much she enjoyed it. We were taken around by a really nice young chap called George. He gave us lots of information on the owls their food, country of origin habitat etc. You could see he loved his work and even looked after 2 Burrowing Owls at home. My wife and the other guests handled and fed 3 owls, they all enjoyed it.” Allan from Chelmsford 

“What a fantastic morning, George our guide and bird handler was superb, put us at immediate ease, so down to earth and laid back. The birds obviously loved him.

The experience was bought for me by my Husband for my Birthday and we were the first people to have had the privilege. The morning started at 10am I was given a glove and introduced to each bird separately. They each flew to me, eating the food on my glove..totally amazing majestic birds. A marvellous experience all round, and at £65 a total bargain, a coffee break included also, so all in all great value! I highly recommend this to anyone.” TripAdvisor 

“I booked the owl experience for my daughter as a surprise not knowing what to expect. Have to say, it was way above what I had a expected or hoped for. Thank you to Katie and George for imparting your knowledge and passion about these stunning birds – would highly recommend this experience to anyone who likes owls!” Nicky Chadwick