Private Family Bird of Prey Experience in Carlisle

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Carlisle, GB
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Carlisle, GB
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Discover the wonders of falconry and the beauty of the Cumbrian countryside with our Private Family Bird of Prey Experience in Carlisle. Immerse yourself in English heritage as you learn about the role falconers played in Medieval Britain and why they were so valued by the Kings of England. With owls, eagles, falcons, vultures, and kestrels to get up close and personal with, this one-hour activity is perfect for families looking to explore nature and spend quality time together. Our expert Cumbrians, who have farmed in this land for over a century, will guide you through the habitats and behaviors of these magnificent birds, and you'll even have the opportunity to fly them yourself. Don't miss out on this unique and educational experience. Book your family adventure now!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 1 hours
  • Suitable for 1-2 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Get up close and personal with a range of birds
  • Learn about bird habitats and behavior
  • Fly the birds and capture memorable pictures
  • Experience the beautiful Cumbrian countryside
  • Immerse in the rich heritage of falconry
  • All fees and taxes
  • Use of bird handling equipment like gloves
  • Wet weather gear

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Experience the thrill of falconry and get up close and personal with majestic birds of prey at our Private Family Bird of Prey Experience in Carlisle. Set in the picturesque Cumbrian Countryside, this unique activity offers travelers an insight into local species as well as the rich heritage of falconry in England. Embark on a journey to discover why the Kings of England kept falconers so close and the significant role they played in Medieval Britain.

What to expect?

During the one-hour Family Experience, you and your loved ones will be introduced to a wide variety of stunning birds, including owls, eagles, falcons, vultures, and kestrels. Learn about their habitats and behavior, and watch in awe as our expert falconers demonstrate how to fly these magnificent creatures. Capture the memories with some unforgettable photographs, as our birds are quite the posers. Moreover, this outdoor activity is a perfect way to get the kids out of the house and immersed in nature.

Who is this for?

This experience is designed for families looking to create lasting memories together. With the capacity to accommodate 2 adults and 3 children, it offers an ideal outing for families of various sizes. However, individuals of all ages who are captivated by the beauty and grace of birds of prey will also find this experience enthralling.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the charming Cumbrian countryside and gain a deeper appreciation for nature and wildlife. Our experienced falconers, who have been farming this land for over a century, possess a wealth of knowledge about the local area and its avian inhabitants. The intimate and personal nature of this experience sets it apart, allowing you and your family to truly connect with these incredible creatures and the history of falconry.

Good to know:

If the scheduled 9am start time doesn't suit your plans, don't worry. Simply give us a call on 07900 531032 to arrange a time that works for you. This ensures that you can enjoy this unforgettable falconry experience at your preferred time. Be prepared for a 60-minute adventure that will leave you with treasured memories of interacting with these majestic birds in their natural habitat. Remember to bring your camera to capture those special moments. Unfortunately, additional adults cannot be included in the initial booking. However, if you wish to bring extra participants, you can pay for them on the day of your visit.


Feedback from individuals who have partaken in our Private Family Bird of Prey Experience has been overwhelmingly positive. Customers have praised the expertise and passion of our falconers, who not only impart fascinating knowledge but also ensure that everyone feels comfortable and involved. Guests have consistently rated the interaction with the birds as a highlight, leaving them in awe of their majesty and grace. This unforgettable experience has been described as educational, thrilling, and a unique opportunity to explore the wonders of falconry.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Your Itinerary

Cumberland Bird of Prey Centre

Hadrian's Wall

Lake District

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery



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This was a really enjoyable family activity that was interesting and fun across the generations. We were a family group from 4 to 84 years, not previously particularly into birds but we couldn’t fail to be fascinated. Gary was confident, knowledgeable and entertaining and we were able to get really close to the birds, learn about them and fly them. We can’t recommend this enough - excellent value and a really unique experience. Amazing!


This was a fantastic opportunity to fly birds of prey onto your hand and to see themup close and in person. I'll never forget it. Thanks


Bought an experience for my parents ( 78 and 86) for mums birthday. They really enjoyed every single minute. Gary the owner was wonderful with them, helping them with deckchairs to sit in and meeting them at the car. They loved meeting the birds and flying them and Gary was so patient and kind with them. My parents can't wait to go back and do it all again. This is a wonderful experience, even for an 87 year old! Thank you so much.


So I bought this as a duo-gift for our sons 30th - he flew the birds, and my husbands Christmas gift - he loves photographing birds. Had to re-arrange at very short notice due to weather, but there was no problem and Gary was very obliging. Both our son and my husband had the most amazing time. J flew several birds, and they both learnt so much from a highly informative and very knowledgeable host - Gary. So many beautiful birds led to many amazing photos, and the memories are sure to last. We are looking at possibly organising a stay - they do this too!! Easy to find, hard to forget, highly recommend


Absolutely great experience, throughly enjoyed by the kids and adults. Gary who runs the centre was brilliant at keeping us involved and flying the birds was brilliant.


This was an absolutely splendid visit. Gary is very personable and engaging, and quickly oriented his commentary and activities to the interests of our family. The birds are gorgeous and well trained to interact with visitors, and Gary has a great program to allow both birds and visitors to have their needs met. I cannot say enough good about this visit. Highly recommended for wildlife lovers and people with anywhere from limited to a serious interest in falconry.


The smile on our grandsons face was absolutely priceless. Whilst he was a bit unsure at the start, his confidence in flying the birds just grew as the session progressed. Even when Pedro was sitting on his glove and the barn owl flew by he did not flinch. It was a great setting and a wonderful way to share a quality experience together across the generations. Thank you Gary, we will definitely come back.


Truly fab time with Gary, he is both clearly an expert and all things falconry and a fab host to boot. I took my took kids, 11 and 14 and both enjoyed it immensely. The tour starts with a walk around the various aviaries where Gary gives you a rundown of the birds, habits etc Then you get given a large leather glove each gets to fly them! We flew a Hariss hawk and two owls, a really ace experience, that turned me into a big kid.


Great morning meeting the birds in their enclosures and finding out about the owls, hawks, eagles and vultures. Walked with the hawk through the private woods and flew the barn owl in the grounds. A great experience.


Three generations, ranging in age from 13 to 83, all thoroughly enjoyed this experience. Gary and Keith made us all feel welcome, especially my father, who has dementia. We were enthralled from beginning to end. Totally recommend.
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