The Centre

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The Hawk & Owl Centre within the gardens of Muncaster Castle is open daily mid-Feb to Dec 23rd inclusive. Centre and flying display entry is included in your Gardens ticket.

The Centre comprises the lawned Owl Garden with aviaries and mews, plus the adjacent Old Rose Garden where there is a flying arena.

Entry to the Centre is through the Owl Garden Tearoom where you can pick up drinks and snacks, icecreams in the main season, and a range of bird- and wildlife-oriented giftware, including bird adoptions and greetings cards featuring photography of our birds by Ian Taylor. Subject to availability, you can also book an afternoon Hawk Walk or Help A Hoodie vulture experience here.

The Centre is home to a diverse range of birds for you to wonder at and enjoy, from massive to minute and bizarre to familiar but all rarely seen up-close.

Learn about the birds

You can see our birds either in their aviaries or some of the raptors have perches in the roofed mews in the daytime. There are information boards about each one to help you learn more about them but our falconers team are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

All of our birds have a role in our flying displays so depending on the time of day, please note that you may find that a number of them are absent from the Centre.

We strongly suggest that you time your visit to see one or more of our sensational bird of prey displays, daily in winter, twice daily in the main season, and the wild heron feed every afternoon year-round.

PLEASE NOTE that no dogs are allowed in the Hawk & Owl Centre which includes the Old Rose Garden arena (assistance dog handlers – please contact us for advice) but are welcome in the Owl Garden Tearoom, at the entrance to the Centre.

 LOVE our Centre birds? Then find out more about being an adopter! and see the Adopters Roll of Honour (updated monthly). Or how about a Hawk Walk for a close encounter with one of our beautiful birds? New in 2017, you can also enjoy our ‘Help A Hoodie’ experience to meet one of our lovely hooded vultures and help fund work to protect these much-misunderstood birds, daily most afternoons.