World of Owls
World of Owls
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
World of Owls is one of the largest most diverse collections of owls in the UK and Ireland. 2020 Finalist of Best Small Visitor Attraction NI 2020 Finalist of Best Small Visitor Attraction NI 2020 Winner of TripAdvisor Best Small Attraction NI Winner of Best Staff Award by "World Host". Best Voluntary Contribution to Birds of Prey and Wildlife" by RSPCA. Birds of prey, reptiles, insects & other animals. Children's play park, gift shop and wheelchair accessible. Visit the website for full details. Registered charity, all staff work for no reward to look after the animals and educate the guests. It is a licensed and regulated zoo not government funded. It is rustic and rural and the vast majority of the animals are rescued. (Covid-19 Update) Pandemic closure meant funding that was destined to upgrade the centre had to go on food and bills. Upgrade will be restarted soon. We are a working Animal Education Sanctuary in a forest setting not a Disney type theme park.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Aaron B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic afternoon visiting World of Owls
    Really lovely and fascinating place. Mike and his team are really welcoming and their knowledge is incredible. We had a great time seeing all the birds of prey and the reptiles. The team were always available to answer questions we had. We got the opportunity to watch Mike train an eagle, seeing it up close was eye opening. Would really recommend for a day out and the surrounding area is great for a walk in the forest (bring some welly boots if it has been raining).
    Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are so happy you enjoyed your experience.
    Written 21 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • George W
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Birds & Wonderful Staff
    My wife and I visited World of Owls and thoroughly enjoyed it. March seems to be a quiet time so we had the place to ourselves and could explore at our leisure. As well as the gorgeous titular owls they also have a wide variety of birds of prey and reptiles. We had a great time wandering around and reading up on all the majestic creatures while saying hello. The staff were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable too and were more than happy to answer our questions and give us some background information on the animals' origins and personalities. Dusty the Parrot was also very keen to get involved in the conversation, though she mostly said "hello". We'd highly recommend visiting this beautiful place and getting to know the all lovely animals. I'd rate 6/5 stars if I could.
    What an incredible review thank you so much. We are so happy you enjoyed your experience.
    Written 21 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2023
  • sarah s
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating wonderful place. An excellent experience in every way
    We took a group of 25 x 7-10 year olds and it was absolutely fantastic. Mike was incredibly helpful when we were planning the trip and on the day we could not have had a better experience despite the rain. It is a beautiful reserve full of loved and well cared for birds. I highly recommend the guided tour it made the trip and fascinated our entire group. Cannot speak highly enough of this wonderful place and Mike the owner.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are so happy you enjoyed your experience.
    Written 21 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 21 April 2023
  • Sandy S
    17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating well cared for birds, the site needs some cash.
    Great collection of owls and raptors. We visited the morning after they had been broken into by a bunch of yobs who thought it a good place to party so they were understandably at sixes and sevens. Despite this, Mike found time to tell us about the birds and regale us with stories about the collection. We were amused to discover we were seeing so many of the birds used in the Harry Potter films - a fact they could make more of in their advertising. The place is volunteer run and the volunteers obviously love the birds and animals they have on site. The birds feel well cared for and they’ve had some success with breeding. The site clearly suffered from the deprivations of Covid and would benefit from an injection of cash to allow them to upgrade the aviaries but there was no question to us that the birds came first for them. I hope lots of people visit, learn more about these fascinating birds, and support the project. Highly recommended.
    Thank you so much for your well thought out review. Although we have worked on many different television and movies with our animals over the years we are bound by "copywriter confidentiality agreements" so we can not, unfortunately, use names openly. We are indeed still recovering from the pandemic closures and also, if not worse the Irish Sea border restrictions that has seen our food bill rocketing a massive 400% We are now at present reconstructing and building many new enclosures.
    Written 4 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • aisling o
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant time so friendly
    A brilliant experience seeing the owls and other birds. Very natural looking for the animals nothing too fancy. The staff was amazing with my little girl, had so much time for her and let us interact with one of the owls.
    Thank you so much for your lovely review
    Written 4 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • L Lindsay
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best day!!
    The best day was had by us all. Especially our bird mad little boy! Staff went above and beyond for him, even letting him meet Nero the owl up close and personal which he hasn't stopped talking about!! Amazing staff, all so lovely, kind and helpful, didn't get their names but the two girls in the visitor centre/shop were so amazing and lovely. The girl who let him meet Nero even though she probably didn't have time was patient and answered all his questions and gave him some interesting facts about owls also! Absolutely fantastic day, we will definitely be back soon!! Thankyou world of owls for helping us make amazing new memories!!
    Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are very proud of our volunteers who give all this time to the animals and our visitors. They are indeed a great wee team. Thanks again.
    Written 4 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Simon M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit if you love birds of prey.
    I absolutely adore owls and all birds of prey. Great to see so many in one place. Staff were brilliant. Big thanks to Mike, who stopped for a chat and let us get a picture with one of the Golden Eagles. Staff all work there on a voluntary basis and it is a unique place to visit in Northern Ireland. We took so many pictures when we were there and it's in a beautiful setting. Randalstown Forest is right beside it, with walks through the forest and up to Lough Neagh.
    Thank you for your lovely review
    Written 4 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 October 2023
  • Meg M
    Belfast, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Girl guide Trip
    Would absolutely recommend. Had Mike out for a Girl Guide trip today and couldn’t be happier with the experience. The kids loved seeing the owls and snake. Was very informative and the kids loved petting and seeing the animals
    Your guides were lovely and so interested and engaged in their visit, thank you for your lovely review.
    Written 4 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 15 October 2023
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rubel10
Belfast, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Well what can I say
Today we took my mother in law to world of owls 🦉 for her 88th Birthday 🎂
Mike was amazing with her explained about the owls , just to hear how rare they are is unreal , ! , the owls Mike has are absolutely amazing and she was in her element getting to hold and stroke them , Mike was very helpful explained a lot about the species we walked round and seen many more of these beautiful animals that Mike has and the time and effort he puts into world of owls is outstanding him and his staff as a non profitable organisation, this man deserves 210 % credit for the work he is doing with the owls
I think my photos speaks many words
Thank you to Mike and the staff
For making one happy 88yr old lady’s birthday a special one
If you have not visited please do as it is well worth it
Thank you guys and all the best of luck for the future
🦉❤️
Written 10 February 2024
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ciara m
belfast6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This is such a lovely sanctuary for wildlife and Mike and his team do a great job looking after the birds. We learned so much about owls and my son and friends had a great time at the birthday party.
Written 10 January 2024
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Colin a
Ballymena, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
It was so cool, we learnt so much about these owls and got to see them in their full glory! 🦅 (owl emoji didn’t show on this) Now I think that owls are one of the coolest animals ever! 😁
Written 14 December 2023
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Meg M
Belfast, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
Would absolutely recommend. Had Mike out for a Girl Guide trip today and couldn’t be happier with the experience. The kids loved seeing the owls and snake. Was very informative and the kids loved petting and seeing the animals
Written 15 October 2023
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Your guides were lovely and so interested and engaged in their visit, thank you for your lovely review.
Written 4 November 2023
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Simon M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I absolutely adore owls and all birds of prey. Great to see so many in one place. Staff were brilliant. Big thanks to Mike, who stopped for a chat and let us get a picture with one of the Golden Eagles. Staff all work there on a voluntary basis and it is a unique place to visit in Northern Ireland. We took so many pictures when we were there and it's in a beautiful setting. Randalstown Forest is right beside it, with walks through the forest and up to Lough Neagh.
Written 4 October 2023
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Thank you for your lovely review
Written 4 November 2023
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MICHAEL G
Bushmills, UK4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023
I was disappointed because there wasn’t a lot of attractions but i did have a pleasant enough day. ✌🏻
Written 18 September 2023
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I am not actually sure how to respond to this being an animal rescue charity!!! and the only collection of owls and birds of prey open to the public in the country, however i am glad you had a pleasant enough day.
Written 4 November 2023
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Derry, UK24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This is a charity with probably not much money, but it is very dirty. Cobwebs and spiders in the so called ‘reptile’ area. Floors dirty. No sign of the donkey mentioned at the entrance, no access to the deer viewing area. No exotic animals, in fact the only animals we saw were two Guinea pigs. Website mentions rabbits alpacas sheep pigs - none there. The reptile area is a small corridor with a bearded dragon, two snakes, a tarantula, a toad and little else. It was great to see the owls up close but their cages seem small. Play area is two swings and a slide. No snack bar. We had seen everything in 30 mins but stretched it out to 45 mins. Did not begrudge the entrance fee if it helps the birds but would not recommend
Written 3 September 2023
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Here we go again, another visitor expecting Disneyland and not an animal rescue charity and working sanctuary. Our hygiene is well maintained our animals are kept with strict welfare standards and we are inspected 6 times per year to maintain this. This is an incredibly unfair and highly exaggerated review and i don't know what website you were reading but it wasn't ours. We have never owned pigs, we had Alpacas and a Donkey about 15 years ago. Thank you for contributing to the animals welfare but did you have to paint such a horrible picture. We are not going to please everyone.
Written 4 November 2023
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L Lindsay
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The best day was had by us all. Especially our bird mad little boy! Staff went above and beyond for him, even letting him meet Nero the owl up close and personal which he hasn't stopped talking about!! Amazing staff, all so lovely, kind and helpful, didn't get their names but the two girls in the visitor centre/shop were so amazing and lovely. The girl who let him meet Nero even though she probably didn't have time was patient and answered all his questions and gave him some interesting facts about owls also! Absolutely fantastic day, we will definitely be back soon!! Thankyou world of owls for helping us make amazing new memories!!
Written 2 September 2023
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Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are very proud of our volunteers who give all this time to the animals and our visitors. They are indeed a great wee team. Thanks again.
Written 4 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

sineadmc
Ballymena, UK230 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Was really looking forward to visiting here after reading some of the reviews. But I must say I was disappointed. Visited with my sister and my 2 children. The owls were gorgeous and it was great to get up close to their birds of prey. But £24 to walk around it twice in half an hour. Not many staff giving info on the birds. (Did speak to a lady, long dark hair about the birds of prey, she was very friendly). Reptiles were tucked away in the back of the shop. Although the birds do seem well cared for 🙂 Whole site was a bit run down. Could do with a lot of money injected into it.
Written 16 August 2023
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We are a self funded charity and sanctuary that got hit incredibly hard during the pandemic, so much so we had to sell family air looms to keep our animals fed during that time and then to be hit with The Irish Sea Border which has forced us to import our food from Holland now instead of England at a 400% increase. Yes we need help with funding. Since your visit we have replaced quite a few aviaries with new ones and we do everything we can to improve our facilities as and when we can. We are getting there again but it takes time and money.
Written 4 November 2023
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Garethm28
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
A little hidden gem.We visted as a family of four and are kids loved it.So many birds of prey to get up close to and see the great work these guys are doing.They also have a bugs house at the end with loads of tiny insects.Very friendly staff all round and very knowledgeable.A big shout out to Mike the owner who went above and beyond to make sure are oldest son who has autism had the best time and met Harley the owl .Definitely showed how a business should be run.Will definitely be returning 🦅🦉
Written 29 July 2023
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Thank you, we wish everyone that came to visit us would have such a positive attitude, you were wonderful to meet, thank you.
Written 4 November 2023
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