Thorp Perrow
Thorp Perrow
4.5
Nature & Wildlife AreasGardensPlaygrounds
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
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Jen E
    Sleaford, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous day out
    Absolutely stunning! Lovely place to walk around, great if you're into plants/ photography/ art, or just relaxing. Ideal for picnics, but the cafe does lovely snacks (don't expect a full cooked meal). The birds of prey were fantastic - the guys who run it clearly love looking after the birds, and the displays are funny and informative. My teenager loved it as much as I did
    Visited May 2023
    Written 25 May 2023
  • Snowfurkuz
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walks and scenery
    We had a lovely visit here, the grounds were beautiful, lovely woodland on a sunny day, well kept, paths easy to walk, we didn't do it all, it was big enough to spend a good few hours wandering about. Cafe was lovely too. Dog friendly grounds ( not in the cafe - but there is outside seating) just generally a lovely place to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 June 2023
  • PoppinsMary20
    United Kingdom72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hawk Walk - So informative. Great experience
    We bought a Hawk Walk experience for our grandchildren and it was such a great experience for us all, Strolling around the gardens with The Harris Hawk following us around was a sight to behold. Callum was so extremely knowledgable - he explained all safety aspects prior to the children being fitted with their gloves and instructions were clearly given throughout. The encouragement Callum gave to the children was lovely to see as they time and time again had the Harris Hawk land on their hands for the 'feed' they were holding. A great display of birds followed during our visit, great place for a lovely picnic or visit to the tearoom too.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 July 2023
  • profjoypc
    Alnwick, United Kingdom4,518 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tremendous tree collection
    What a wonderful place to visit for tree lovers! We so much enoyed wandering around the arboretum and seeing all the magnificent trees. It really is an incredible collection of trees. Also the place has a very pleasant cafe so we enjoyed sitting out and drinking coffee whilst enjoying the surroundings.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Scottington
    England, United Kingdom481 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glorious Gardens!
    The spent a day visiting Thorp Perrow while holidaying in North Yorkshire as a group of seven. When arriving we had breakfast at the Case which just as you walk in after buying tickets. We had a mix of bacon/egg sandwiches and cream teas also pleasantly surprised that there were lots of Gluten Free options on the menu as well. After eating we set off through the garden walks to the stunning house situated at the lake. After taking some pictures we carried on to the bird of prey show which was brilliant. The speaker and handler was very friendly and made the showing very interesting while we watched the magnificent birds. We then walked onto feed the goats and wallaby's which was another highlight. We got to take the trail through the wallaby enclosure and feed them up close. Overall a great day out!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Katt
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Afternoon
    We visited as five adults, three children (aged 2, 1 and 12 weeks) and a dog. Had a lovely time walking around with the little ones burning off some energy. Plenty of picnic tables to sit and enjoy some lunch! You'll see some reviews that says this isn't pram friendly due to the gravel paths but we did not struggle with a stroller and double pram (it was a dry day so can't say it would be the same if wet underfoot). Some terrain wouldn't be ideal but you can basically pick which paths you want to take. Visited during summer and there was a little trail activity which was cute. There is a bit of a play park (climbing frame, swings (baby ones too) and a slide) - we never used it so can't comment but looked fun enough, probably for preschool kids and older. We sat and watched the 1:30pm birds of pray display which was fabulous. The guy was really knowledgeable, funny and it was entertaining. My two year old loved it. Note that you can't take dogs into this area so you can either tether them up in a dedicated area (not something I'd ever do) or someone will need to stay outside with them. The place is dog friendly but you are asked to keep them on a lead at all times. Cafe was nice enough. Wasn't the cheapest but about right for these types of places. We had coffee and cake. Entry also wasn't the cheapest but the money obviously goes to the upkeep of it all. The only downside was that the staff on entry seemed really unhappy and uninterested. Most of them just sat playing on their phones with no effort to engage.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Julie C
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out
    Visited Thorp Perrow Arboretum today, beautiful grounds with lots of different paths to follow. They had a lot of birds of prey, even a talking Raven that says hello to you. The Birds of Prey display was brilliant and the gentleman who did this display was informative and had some amusing stories, particularly about the birds called George and Mildred😂 The walk through the wallabies was fun and you can pet them and also buy food in the gift shop to feed them. Definitely worth a visit
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Dr AE
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Bird Show and beautiful Aborteum
    An amazing trip out and so reasonable.the arbetorum was beautiful and the the bird of prey shows were amazing - we watched all 3 and they were all different. The young man was accessible to children and adults and was so engaging. The play park was a hit for the grandchildren (aged 4 - 13).
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Kevin
    Leeds, United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can not recommend highly enough !
    Wonderful setting, lovely gardens, woodlands to walk through. Very relaxing feel to the location. There are 3 birds of prey displays, we stayed to watch all three. The man giving the talks was very knowledgeable and passionate about the birds. The displays were interesting, informative and we saw some amazing birds. Wonderful experience ! Can not recommend highly enough!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
  • tony b
    Surrey, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superbly informative falconer
    An incredible day out. My wife and I were about the last to leave. So many amazing trees, vistas and environments to take on board during a really enjoyable day. The cafe was superb as was the shop/ garden centre but the highlight for us was having a long chat with the falconer whose knowledge of his subject was immense and extremely informative. All the other visitors had left and he was tidying up but he was still happy to take time to explain far more than we had ever gained from various displays at other venues. He talked about each bird as if they were people with their own characters and the skills needed to work with them successfully - really fascinating.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 October 2023
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Tessa J
Leeds, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We were very sad to see wild birds caged in small dark dirty cages. The birds looked depressed and many hadn’t room to fly freely in their ‘prisons’. It is unacceptable in this day and age to confine wild creatures for the amusement of the public. How long had the birds lived in this awful environment? The website says that the site ‘meets animal welfare standards’. I don’t think so! Please don’t visit here🙏
Written 6 May 2024
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Val W
Merthyr Tydfil, UK1,198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This location is so scenic. There are lovely trees and both cultivated and wild flowers in abundance. The birds of prey and the mammal area are an added bonus.

There are benches scattered around the property, many of them with very pleasant views.
Written 5 May 2024
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Catherine
Kitimat, Canada1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We were left saddened by the plight of the birds, most in isolation in small dark cages.I live in British Columbia Canada where the ravens live in communities, chitter chattering amongst themselves high up in the trees, and the eagles soar above the creeks, occasionally popping down to the backyards to assert their dominance and just be very grand. These poor birds just looked sad and lonely. Honestly I found it heartbreaking.
Written 28 February 2024
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vaeelta
Ufa, Russia5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The birds (at around midday) did not have any water to drink, as it was frozen solid. The ravens were pecking quite urgently at the frozen water to try and find some. When we tried to tell somebody about this their response was incredibly aggressive and rude.
Written 16 January 2024
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Paige H
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I came here with my boys today for Santa. At first I thought £20 bargin as it’s so expensive these days. It does state that it’s not the entrance fee but I never had thought it would be £40 so I paid £60 in total to see Santa! It was a rip off so you had to pay the entrance fee of £40 on top of £20 (Santa fee) so they could rake the profit in from the entrance fee for the park! And the toys, one was a peg elf and other was a cheap dog teddy bear that you’d get off a fair!!! I’d avoid at all cost. The park is lovely but £40!!!! It’s Christmas the cost of living going up it’s ment to be a magical time for kids and parents are struggling so wrong!
Written 15 December 2023
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Michelle W
Darlington, UK3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Visited Santa's Grotto today with 12 children. Spoke for weeks beforehand to the manager, explaining that we would also be celebrating a 2 year olds birthday whilst there, explained she has allergies and requested allergen info before our visit.
Considering asking for this month's in advance, I was only given the info 1 week prior to our visit - to find most items on the menu contained something my little girl can't tolerate. We settled on taking picnics with us.
After walking around the park for almost two hours in -1° temp, we were very, very disappointed to find the cafe can't/won't accommodate allergies.
They don't offer dairy free hot chocolates, they don't offer dairy free babychinos, they can't even warm anything up in their microwave. Not even suitable milk alternatives (of which there was only one they offer - almond milk) purchased from them.
We were told, in no uncertain terms, NO.
The best they could do was a cup of cold milk - for an already very cold child.
You would think, given how many young children suffer from allergies these days, there would be more options made available, or alternatives to be offered.
A cup of warm milk would of made her day after being out in the cold for such a long time, but that was not possible.
Very disappointed.
Avoid if you have young children with allergies and you don't want them to be left feeling left out and upset.
We've visited numerous times during the warmer months, but after todays visit I think it may be our last.
Written 2 December 2023
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Rockstar10
Yorkshire51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Made a day visit here as a family of four, two adults and two young children.

The grounds are immaculate with incredible views of the house and streams that run across the estate.

The cafe was ok, nothing special but basic food items on offer. We paid £28 for two jacket potatoes with cheese and beans and two children's versions, a can of Sprite and a a packet of crisps! Daylight robbery. Jackets were also reheated!

We really enjoyed the birds of prey area and watched two shows. Lee was an outstanding falconer who was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and great with the kids. A credit to the conservation centre!

We were disappointed with the mammal area, not much to see and most of the animals looked fed up and cold. Wouldn’t go back to this particular area.

All in all a good day out.
Written 30 November 2023
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Chris P
United Kingdom31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Absolute joy to visit this place. At this time of year, the colours and smell of pine are breathtaking. Mainly on the flat with plenty of benches, accessible by wheelchair or scooter. You can also bring your dog. The whole place is impeccably kept and a visit to the wildlife and birds of prey section is a must. You can feed, by hand the wallabies, goats, meercats (when they come out!) chickens. Meander around the lake and feed the ducks and swans (they prefer seed!) Lovely cafe or you can bring your own picnic. Ample parking. So quiet yesterday not a sound except the birds and trees rustling. Great for the mind and the heart. Highly recommended. A beautiful a place for peace and contemplation.
Written 13 November 2023
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Tracey C
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
An unexpected treat. We visited to see the wonderful trees in all their autumn glory but were delighted by the Halloween trail. Such a lot of work had gone into this and we were impressed beyond words. Halloween with a sense of humour and it was impossible to resist singing along to “ what shall we do with the drunken sailor” fabulous couple of hours.
Written 1 November 2023
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T B
York, UK1,183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
I say they’ve thought of everything for a family day out - but more covered seating required by the bird of prey centre as many people without seats after spooky trail. Luckily, the weather was nice.
Now that small gripe is out if the way…the grounds were breathtaking, the spooky trail was very detailed and thought out and the food and drink options were also tried and tested. Top marks.
Children loved the play area too. They really have thought of everything, almost. Enjoy!
Written 1 November 2023
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