Things to do Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre review
After suffering a terrible fire in 2019, Gentleshaw has been building its way back up and dealing with the losses of some of its animals. They have housed rescue animals since 1993 and is a small but pleasant animal centre to visit.
There is an activity pack available for £1 per child which can be completed around the centre. Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre is a registered charity and a small sanctuary for exotic animals and birds of prey. As well as a hospital unit for the treatment of wild raptors, (not on display), the centre is home to over 30 different species of Bird of prey, Primate, Reptile, Invertebrate, Raccoons, Cats and many more.
There is a Bird Of Prey experience for £35 if you would like to get up close and personal. The birds kept at Gentleshaw are flown every day at 2 pm on weekends and in the school holidays, so you
can catch a display if you time it right.
Gentlshaw is located next to a garden centre and also has a miniature train, playground and mini-golf. You can spend a nice afternoon if you take it slowly and experience all of the animals. The animals at Gentleshaw all have a story to tell, such as Kasumi the raccoon dog, whose previous owner kept him in a crate. He is now behaving better after good care from the staff at Gentleshaw. The animals are clearly well loved and have a forever home at the sanctuary.
Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.
FAQ and Further Information Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre
Is there food and drink available?
There is no cafe on-site.
What are the main things to do?
Wildlife centre with birds of prey, primates, reptiles, raccoons and more. Plus birds of prey experiences. The garden centre next door has a miniature train, playground and mini-golf. There are toilets on-site.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Cheap – An adult ticket costs just £5 and £4 for a child. Children under 3 are free.
Is there parking?
There is parking.
When are they open?
Gentleshaw is open 6 days a week (closed on Tuesdays) and closed from Christmas Eve until the 2nd January. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
No information has been provided.
Are they accessible?
Our centre is very wheelchair friendly, having smooth paths around the enclosures and ramp access to the reptile area. A small section of our nature walkway may be unsuitable for some wheelchairs.
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