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“Great Place”

Kirkleatham Owl Center
Ranked #3 of 16 things to do in Redcar
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Visited here a few times and always found it enjoyable. Particularly enjoyed watching the cheeky meerkats. Staff are knowledgeable and good value for money.

Thank Claire B
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"flying display"
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"bird show"
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"well worth a visit"
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"all ages"
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"animal encounters"
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"different species"
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"great place to visit"
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"meer cats"
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"very helpful staff"
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Gorgeous creatures, and I think they're all well-cared for, but I find seeing animals caged so depressing in general. A very interesting variety of birds and beast, though!

Thank CanadianMezzo
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Great day out for families. The Owl Centre is one of Teesside's hidden gems. Flying sessions at 2.30. Really interested staff. Seven year old and older sister, 13, loved it. Family ticket under a tenner for all day pass. Museum next door is really child-friendly and enjoyed the Len Tabner painmting's from Middlesbrough's industrial past. The cafe on site is superb value. Good home cooking and inexpensive. With a kids' play area thrown in and free car parking, what is there not to like. We'll be going back soon!

Thank nicolas2009
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Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

Big fan of what these guys do here!
Amazing to see the care for these animals is spot on!
People should visit here purely just to keep it alive!

Thank Martyn B
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Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

Visited the owl centre for the first time today. I was very impressed by the variety of different owls and birds on display (including my fave the Ural owl). Although a small area they make the most of the available space and most cages and labelled do you know what everything is. Some signs were mixed up but it looks like some had recently moved and just not got quite round to changing.

However today I was witness to what seemed to be a senior manager loudly arguing/discussing a few problems he had seen with the staff. Not only was this very loud (I think everyone on site heard it) but it was also held at the entrance to the attraction. We had to wait for a lull in this conversation to sneak out by a side entrance. It was very awkward, and you could see that other visitors on-site were made uncomfortable by the managers shouting too. I thought this to be very unprofessional. This conversation although seemed to be serious (I will not go into details here, but I heard all of the accusations) it should not have taken place in public, particularly blocking the entrance/exit. This episode spoiled an otherwise lovely visit. Ordinarily I would not have said something but I felt that this let the entire visit down and therefore it must be mentioned.

Please don't be put off by this as I'm sure this was an isolated incident and the actual birds are lovely with some very unusual species for those who visit sites like this often. I would like to visit again in the future, and for those with families it's not far from the kirkleatham museum which has free entry and is just a lovely place to visit too.

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