Thorp Perrow Arboretum and Bird of prey and mammal centre (quite a title) is located near Bedale in North Yorkshire. There is quite a lot to see and do and we spent a good few hours there.
Thorp Perrow Things To Do Review
The attraction is set in 100 acres of woodland and gardens. Make sure you pick up a map so that you don’t miss anything. We visited when the rhododendrons were blooming which was certainly an added treat. They are situated in the grounds that were once part of the grand gardens of Thorp Perrow Hall. You can still see the grand hall from across the main lake but they are not open to the public.
There are walks, gardens and trails waiting to be explored. No visit here will be the same as there are lots of different paths some of which lead to the same place. Plus the scenery will certainly change with the seasons. We started our visit with a wander around the grounds following some water and crossing a bridge onto a small island.
Next, we headed to the play area which has an emphasis on natural play. There was a covered sandpit with lots of buckets and spades.
They also had an assault course, a zip wire, a smaller climbing frame and some swings. The larger climbing frame is really unusual and has been made from salvaged wood. My son loved climbing and exploring. Kids can also have fun trying to spot a few child-friendly things hidden in the arboretum. These include a wooden horse and cart, Kate’s cottage and a host of wooden animals.
Thorp Perrow has a small wildlife park. This is home to some wallabies, birds, meerkats, goats and sheep. You can collect a portion of specialised food from the gift shop and help feed their animals. The wallaby paddock is a walk-through enclosure (although this is not always open).
Our favourite part of our visit was the bird of prey centre. They have a great number of aviaries with an excellent variety of birds. We spent ages talking to the Ravens, turns out they can talk, who knew. One kept saying hello in a very deep voice which was highly entertaining. There was also a Kookaburra that was laughing like a hysterical human.
There was also a bird display which they aim to have every day (weather dependant). They also offer a range of experience days including an Owl Experience and a Hawk Walk to be a falconer for the day.
We finished our visit with another wander around the arboretum’s maze of pathways. On their map, they have listed all their points of interest. We did manage to find most of them, these include islands, a Bothy, monuments and oak trees.
Thorp Perrow is a good value day out and somewhere pleasant to pass a few hours with the kids.
Thorp Perrow FAQ & Further Information
Address: Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale DL8 2PS, North Yorkshire. Phone: 01677 425323
Category – Outdoor Attraction – Suitable for all ages.
What are the ticket prices?
Adults £12.05, children 4-16 £7.70, Under 4s are free, other pricing options including family tickets are available.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Arboretum with paths and things to find, adventure playground, birds of prey display and aviaries plus a small wildlife park. There are toilets and a cafe.
When are they open?
Thorp Perrow is open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Is there food available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
Is there parking?
There is free parking.
Are they dog friendly?
Dogs are welcome on a lead, they are not permitted in the tearoom, the play area or the bird of prey and mammal centre.