Thorp Perrow

Thorp Perrow, Bedale: Hours, Address, Thorp Perrow Reviews: 4.5/5

Thorp Perrow
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Gardens • Playgrounds
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
100 acres of beautiful woodland gardens and the UK's finest Bird of Prey & Wildlife center. Walks, trails and glades to explore. One of the finest collections of trees in the North of England. As well as the gardens founded by Sir Leonard Ropner, Thorp Perrow also includes Milbank Pinetum planted by Lady Augusta Milbank in the nineteenth century and the 16th century Spring Wood. Thorp Perrow is home to five National Plant Collections; Tilia (Lime), Fraxinus (Ash), Cotinus (Smoke Bush), Laburnum and Juglans (Walnut) and boasts 66 Champion trees in its collection. Thorp Perrow is also home to a Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre. Situated in the old walled garden is a collection of birds of prey and mammals. With daily flying displays and tours lots for all the family to see and do! Children can let off some steam in our woodland playground whilst parents can enjoy a nice cup of tea and some delicious cake from our tearoom. A fantastic day out all year round
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Toontz
Surrey, UK4 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Most fantastic gardens and birds of prey centre. Enough there to fill a whole day. Several talks with enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. Lee was fab, funny, full of interesting facts on the birds and flying displays with the beautiful birds of prey. The trees and gardens are lovely. Saw lots of garden birds too including Robins, Goldfinch, Chiffchaff and on the pond by the fantastic private house Swans, ducks and ducklings. There is also a tea room to have sandwiches, cakes and such. Toilet facilities are very clean.
Written 12 May 2022
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Val W
Merthyr Tydfil, UK994 contributions
Apr 2022
We visited this site for the first time this year and spent a lovely afternoon wandering around it.

Although it was early in the season, there was plenty to see on the flower front, even though the daffodils were stating to die back.

There were a lot of children doing some kind of "Easter hunt" involving characters from Beatrix Potter and other sources. They seemed to be really enjoying themselves.

They have some animals - mainly meerkats, wallabies, goats and birds of prey. They seemed well cared for and in good condition. Details were well explained on exhibition panels. we were particularly pleased to see a baby wallaby poking its head out of its mother's pouch!

There was good parking and the reception was very very efficient. We did feel that the shop was in a slightly out of the way location. We would have bought a bird feeder if the shop had been closer to the exit but we didn't want to carry a bulky item around with us for a considerable length of time.

We intend to visit again.
Written 12 May 2022
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JMS
58 contributions
May 2022
Lovely place with easy parking.

The grounds are beautiful and well kept and the walks are good. We kept finding hidden gems, little areas for picnics or just to sit and contemplate life.

Lots of seating to have a rest and to enjoy the views, the lakes are lovely (small and large).

Wallaby's you can feed by hand and the Meerkats are great, you can hear them 'talking' to each other, so sweet.

Cafe is a nice, comfy place to have a cuppa and something nice to eat.

The best of all are the staff, they are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

Well worth going again and again.......
Written 6 May 2022
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Allan B
49 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We became members last year and we live in the Scottish Borders. We try to see the different seasons, we were not disappointed with our vist yesterday 21.04.22. The different colours of the young leaves and the beautiful colours of all the flowers. The Daffodils are going over but the bluebells are coming to there best. It is so peaceful having a stroll through the grounds. There are a couple of busy places one by the birds of pray and the picnic areas.
Written 22 April 2022
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JIFE100
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom27 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Beautiful arboretum - daffodils everywhere! Peaceful and calm. Nice activities such as the wooden playground and wallaby walk, we even saw the baby joey! Cafe really nice. We felt that the bird of prey section was very tired and didn’t compare well to others we have visited. All in all a nice few hours with nature!
Written 13 April 2022
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fuzzie11
Cardiff, UK51 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Stunning amazing experience . The beauty of the daffodils and bluebells, snowdrops, primroses and crocus’s must go !!
Written 7 April 2022
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AmyL
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK103 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
A beautiful place to work around especially in the spring when all the flowers are beginning to bloom. There are many different routes to take. There are also 3 bird flying displays a day and a little mammal section where you can feed the animals. This is somewhere you could go anytime of the year and it would always look different.
Written 19 March 2022
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Stuart K
8 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
We came in summer and it was nice place to visit. But personally I would avoid in the winter, as basically it's a expensive walk in the woods. Over £12 for an adult and £7 for a child. The play area is small and really muddy due to the fact that they haven't prepared for wet weather, like most playgrounds. I honestly feel we have better at our local park.

The bird of prey area is good and there are some really impressive birds, however they are kept in small cages.. The wallaby and meerkat area today was literally the only saving grace. We did have a chat to a staff member, who was feeding the birds, who was really friendly and pleasant.

Arrived at 1 left at 3 as our 5 year old kept saying he was bored, and quite frankly we all were to.

Should maybe charge half price in winter, or need to improve on what is there. We love to visit local family attractions and very rarely moan about the price as there is only three of us. But if this had been a larger family, it would have been quite a pricey day, for not a great deal in return. Sadly, we probably won't return and can't really recommend, sorry.
Written 3 January 2022
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Andrew B
Stockton-on-Tees, UK21 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We are annual members and have been for 2 years. It has been a godsend over the pandemic.

Again they didn’t let us down my wife book the Santas Grottos visit for my two children. It cost £8.50 each. We had to fill out a form with the children’s names, what they wanted for Christmas and some of their interests.

When we arrived we were greeted at reception by a lovely lady who knew my children’s names as if by magic (maybe a little bit of Christmas magic). We did the Christmas walk to Santa grotto and an elf met us. We spoke to Mrs Claus, the elf showed us round before Santa who had been sat there all the time spoke.

The children were very excited and without doubt this was the best Santa grotto experience we have witnessed.

Santa, Mrs Claus and the elves were lovely and we were given about 10 minutes in the grotto completely to ourselves.

I would 100% recommend this and will be doing it again next year.

Thank you so much for making two children very happy!!
Written 20 December 2021
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LisaandStuEllis
Sutton in Ashfield, UK80 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
I'd been wanting to visit here for a long time and so glad I did. We made a day trip of it one weekend before the school holidays just as the autumn leaves were almost at their peak. The Arboretum is lovely, not too big, just right. The Halloween trail was excellent. The falconry experience was excellent too displaying a variety of birds very well. We shall definitely return.
Written 3 December 2021
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