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Welcome to Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre

A visit to Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre is inspiring and uplifting.

We have one of the largest collections of flying birds in the North. The centre is home to around 100 birds from 50 different species from around the world which enables us to fly an amazing variety of birds in each of our daily free flight displays. All set in in our beautiful Yorkshire countryside. We fly a selection of owls, vultures, eagles and kites to name but a few of the different species that call the centre their home.

During our 35-40 minute flying display you can expect to get very close to our fantastic birds as they swoop, dive and soar over your head. Witness the heaviest species of eagle in the world take to the sky, marvel at the silent flight of the graceful barn owl and appreciate the beauty and importance of the vulture species to our world. Our passionate and knowledgeable bird staff will provide a light-hearted and informative commentary throughout the flying display.

We fly different birds in each of our displays so please try and stay for more than one, keep an eye out for the cheeky kookaburra, naughty caracaras and the graceful White Storks. During your time at the centre, you will hopefully learn about the important conservation projects we are currently undertaking. By visiting you will help support the centre and its ongoing conservation projects.

In-between displays you can take a walk around the aviaries to view our very impressive collection of birds in their rest areas. You may also see more birds flying on one of our very popular experience days.With block paved paths throughout the centre is fully accessible for all. Our well stocked gift shop has souvenirs for all ages along with a selection of cold snacks and hot and cold drinks. Picnic benches are situated around the centre so you can enjoy your snacks and drinks bought at the centre or alternatively, you are welcome to use the benches to enjoy your own picnics.

If you share our passion for birds of prey and would like to get much closer and learn more about them, we offer experience days in small groups. This is a great chance to fly and learn alot about a variety of our birds and also learn more about our conservation work with vultures and other species.

We have a selection of experiences to choose from where you can meet a greater variety of our birds, or a more specialised selection of owls, vultures or eagles, just click here for more details.


Opening times

21st March 2024 to the 31st October 2024

Closed every Wednesday in March and October.

10:30am – 5.00pm (Last admittance 4:00pm)

Dates Closed in 2024:

  • Friday 17th May 2024
  • Saturday 29th June 2024 & Sunday 30th June 2024
  • Saturday 14th September 2024 & Sunday 15th September 2024

Display times

We have daily displays at 11:30am and 1:30pm (March and October)

11:30am, 1:30pm & 3:30pm (1st April to the 30th September)

  • Entrance fees
  • Adults: £9.95 (16 years and up)
  • Concession: £8.95 (65 years and over)
  • Children: £7.95 (children under 3 years go FREE)
  • Family Ticket: £32.00 ( 2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children )

There is no need to pre book for general admittances.

For more visitor information please click here .

For our latest photography policy please click here.


 

Five-Star Experience Days based in North Yorkshire

Five-star Experience Days based in beautiful North Yorkshire. *****

We provide high quality experiences in a fun and friendly way with plenty of “hands on” opportunities with a vast number of birds. We have been providing these experiences for over 25 years. Our experiences are highly recommended and reviewed, they are also hard to be beaten! 

As seen on The Yorkshire Vet, Summer Time on The Farm and Apple TV!

  1. Gift Vouchers are valid from 1st March 2024 till 31st October 2024. *
  2. Spectator Tickets are available for £19 or £24 depending on which experience is purchased.
  3. Gift Vouchers will be processed and posted within 24hrs.
  4. We run these experiences most days of the week including weekends. *
  5. Vouchers can be purchased through our website or over the phone by calling 01845 587522

Buying gifts from us will help support our conservation work, breeding programs and help towards the upkeep and longevity of TBOPC and all the feathered residents.


 

 

Dates For Your Diary.

Dates for your diary.

6th July – Summer Flying Displays Start
Warriors of The Sky
African Adventure Display
USA Flying Display
4th August – World Owl Day. This will be the first time we have taken part in world owl day and it is looking like it will be a hoot of a time!!
7th September – International Vulture Awareness Day. A day we all love and we can’t wait to take part in this event once again.
1st October – Autumn Flying Displays Start.

 


Meet the Minnies Handling Experience

£10 pp (subject to availability)

Enjoy a wonderful time at Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre whilst getting to know and meet some of our smaller feathered friends.

This exciting addition to your visit runs at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Two birds will be able to be handled at one of the dedicated handling times. Photographs are welcome and the duration is around 10-20mins. Please book your Meet the Minnie’s Experience on arrival to avoid any disappointment as this experience is very popular.

We have a selection of feathered friends that might take part on the handling experience depending on the centre’s commitments on the day.

  • Red Footed Falcon
  • Aplomado Falcon
  • Barn Owl
  • White Faced Owl
  • Harris Hawk
  • Kestrel

Purchase tickets at reception. Tickets are non-refundable. Please arrive at the meeting point 5-10minutes ahead of your handling experience time.

We advise for children to be 4 years old and up to take part on this mini experience

This handling experience does not include admission into the centre.

 

Photography Policy

We are happy for photos to be taken of our birds as they are important ambassadors for their species and play an important role to help protect and conserve.  
Our birds play a huge part towards education, research and conservation projects.
However please adhere to the following conditions.

For more information regarding our policy please click here.

Thank you.

 


Meet the Minnies Handling Experience

£10 pp (subject to availability)

Enjoy a wonderful time at Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre whilst getting to know and meet some of our smaller feathered friends.

This exciting addition to your visit runs at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Two birds will be able to be handled at one of the dedicated handling times. Photographs are welcome and the duration is around 10-20mins. Please book your Meet the Minnie’s Experience on arrival to avoid any disappointment as this experience is very popular.

We have a selection of feathered friends that might take part on the handling experience depending on the centre’s commitments on the day.

  • Red Footed Falcon
  • Aplomado Falcon
  • Barn Owl
  • Mackinders Eagle Owl
  • White Faced Owl
  • Harris Hawk
  • Kestrel

Purchase tickets at reception. Tickets are non-refundable. Please arrive at the meeting point 5-10minutes ahead of your handling experience time.

We advise for children to be 4 years old and up to take part on this mini experience

This handling experience does not include admission into the centre.