Askham Bryan Wildlife Park | Things to do

Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park is located on the outskirts of York in North Yorkshire. It is connected to the on-site college which is one of the leading land-based conservation/animal colleges in the UK.

It’s somewhere I had been considering visiting as it’s a good meeting point with my Mum. For various reasons, we’d never made it there but one of them was my concerns over its size. I asked around and everyone that responded said we should go. I’m so glad we did. What a lovely place! It’s not as small as I imagined it to be and although we went around twice you can easily spend a few hours there.

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

Things To Do Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

There is a large car park next to the wildlife park. At the moment you have to prebook a timeslot online. This worked well in spreading out the numbers but we did get a bit bottlenecked in the indoor section.

They are operating a one way system just about everywhere which mostly worked well although some people either chose to ignore or didn’t see some of the one-way signs.

You start your visit indoors in a long corridor with tanks of different fish, reptiles and even an armadillo. Because we went around before and after lunch both experiences were different in the sense of what animals we saw. It’s well worth going around twice. All the tanks have signs on them helping you spot whatever is in there. This is a great idea and it was super helpful. We were all very impressed with the indoor section.

Askham Bryan Wildlife Park | Things to do
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

Next we ventured outside. Here some of the tortoises live with the meerkats. I swear one of them thought he was a meerkat. The otters were also adorable but we didn’t even see them in the afternoon. The park then stretches out for some distance. You follow paths around and there’s all sorts of animals to find along the way.

Askham Bryan Wildlife Park | Things to do
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park
Can you spot the otters?

One of our highlights was the racoons. I have never seen such active racoons, what characters. There has been a lot of thought put into the animal enclosures here, they clearly know what their animals like. They have a nice pond area with some of the biggest rhubarb leaves I have ever seen.

Askham Bryan Wildlife Park | Things to do

Due to covid, they aren’t running any animal experiences right now but I can’t wait to take my son when they are back up and running again. He loved his visit here and I know he’ll love the experience of properly meeting the animals. He fell in love with a squirrel that they have in one of the cages. It’s an unusual breed and one I’d not come across before. He spent a very long time watching it and interacting with it on a couple of occasions.

Askham Bryan Wildlife Park | Things to do

They also have a playground with something for all ages. It was a little hard to find with the one way system but worth it once we found it.

Askham Bryan Wildlife Park | Things to do
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

There is a cafe near to the entrance which is currently only open for take-away food and drinks. They had quite a limited menu but we were allowed to sit in the reception area of the visitor centre to eat our lunch. There’s plenty of picnic benches around the park.

Important Information about Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

Address: Askham Bryan, York YO23 3FR

Car parking at Askham Bryan – There is a large car park with free parking.

Askham Bryan Prices – An adult ticket is £6.95 and children 3-15 & concessions are £5.95. Under 3’s are free. Season passes can also be purchased. A family ticket is £22.50.

Facilities at the Askham Bryan: Wildlife park with indoor fish and reptiles, outdoors there are many animals including some you rarely get to see, playground. Experiences are sometimes available.

Opening Times: They tend to only open at weekends in the colder months but open for most school holidays. For up-to-date opening times please click here.


Is Askham Bryan Dog Friendly: Only assistance dogs are allowed.

Are there places to picnic at Askham Bryan: Yes there are picnic tables dotted around the park.

Category: Wildlife park – suitable for all ages.

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