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Thorp Perrow

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Thorp Perrow in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales is one of the best locations in Britain for horticulture, with some of the rarest, oldest and most unique trees from around the world on show.

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Thorp Perrow - Visitor Guide


Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Woodland Garden & Falconry Centre, Bedale, North Yorkshire.

Postcode DL8 2PR
Telephone:Main enquiries - 01677 425323
Falcons of Thorp Perrow - 01677 427755



Location map: Bedale area multimap
Grid reference:Grid reference: SE266883
Key attractions:Arboretum/gardens. Birds of Prey Centre.
Essential kit:

Camera. Casual walking shoes. Magnifying glass for insects.


Binoculars for woodland birds.

Nature watching:

Moth breakfasts and insect walks.


A visit to Thorp Perrow wouldn't be complete without watching or even taking part in one of the popular birds of prey flying demonstrations. Enjoy an aerial display of eagles, falcons, hawks, vultures and owls from all five continents.

Demonstrations take place up to three times daily (weather-permitting) at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm (March-end October). Thereafter at 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Kids will also enjoy the chance to handle one of the baby owls and falcons hatched through Thorp Perrow's successful breeding programme.


Falconry courses - the Northern School of Falconry and Associated Studies.


Special events including children's activities days, guided walks and bird watching.


New mammal collection opening later in 2007.

Seasonal highlights:

Summer - Wild flowers, bees, trees, butterflies and dragonflies, falcons.


Autumn - trees and fungus, falcons.


Winter - woodland walks, falcons.


Spring - bulbs, snowdrops, daffodils, crocuses, blossom trees, flowering shrubs, falcons.

Access:Disabled Access: Electric wheelchair available for hair with advance booking - please call 01677 427 203 ahead of your visit to check availability.

Disabled toilets are available at the tea room and Bird of Prey Centre.

Visitor Centre with toilets, refreshments and gift shop (seasonal opening times).


There is also a public house with hot/cold food in the nearby village of Snape.

Getting there:

Thorp Perrow is situated on the Bedale - Ripon Road, just south of Bedale, North Yorkshire, about four miles from Leeming Bar on the A1.

Free parking for cars and coaches at the entrance to the Arboretum

Opening times:

Year round, dawn till dusk (not including Visitor Centre).


Adults £6.10, Concessions £4.80, Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £24. Flying demonstrations included in entrance fee. Season tickets available. Hawk walks available at £30.


The birds of prey demonstrations are included in the main entrance fee.

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