Admission & Displays


The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary opens daily from 10.00am to late afternoon, 7 days a week except over the Christmas/New Year period. Flying demonstrations and talks take place throughout the day from April 1st to end-September, providing a delightful place to visit to watch, study or simply enjoy the company of Owls and other birds of prey.

There are over 80 raptors at the Centre, all housed in spacious aviaries and flying free in narrated flying displays or demonstrations.
If you'd like to see a short film about the centre which was made by the students of Ravensbourne College, please click here

You will also find Red Squirrels, the Raptor Hospital, The Barclays Sensory Garden, an information centre about Owls, a woodland walk with bird hide, picnic areas and plenty of activities for children including a mini-maze, adventure frame, chipmunks, the new MeerKat Kastle, plus the famous Owl Barn Gift Shop at Stonham. With the exception of the Woodland Walk during winter, the centre is wheelchair friendly.


The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary is supported by voluntary donations and admission charges from members of the visiting public. Please note that we are WHOLLY RELIANT on these donations and admission charges for the upkeep of the Centre, the welfare of the birds and the funding of our many education, conservation and rehabilitation projects. All monies collected are used only for this purpose.
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SUMMER: All-Day Summer "Come-&-Go" Pass (April 1st - late September)
Adults £7.50, Seniors £6.00 & Juniors aged 4-16 £6.00, Family Group (5) £27.50
Disabled Visitors as above, carers free.
Children under 4 go free ~ open daily 10 - 5

Summer Event Times
11.00 am Meet The Meerkats
11.30 am Flying Display 1
1.30 pm Flying Display 2
3.00 pm Meet The Meerkats
3.30 pm Flying Display 3

Optional: Combination Admission including private
Meerkat Encounter Session (click for details)
Subject to availability - Book In Advance
Single Combination Ticket £25.00, Family Group Ticket (max 5, aged 12+) £100

Please note that whilst the centre remains fully operational
and your visit will not be inconvenienced, we are refurbishing
some aviaries and enclosures for the
benefit of birds and visitors alike.

7-Day Weekly Pass
Adults £12.50, Seniors £10.00, Juniors aged 4-16 £10.00, Family Group (5) £37.50
Disabled Visitors as above, carers free
Children under 4 go free
Annual Season Ticket
Adults £25.00, Juniors aged 4-16 £15.00, Family Group (5) £50.00
Disabled Visitors as above, carers free
Children under 4 go free

All-Day Winter "Come-&-Go" Pass (Late September - March 31st)
Adults £5.00, Seniors £4.00, Juniors aged 4-16 £3.00, Family Group (5) £15.00
Disabled Visitors as above, carers freeChildren under 4 go free
Open daily 10 - dusk
The majority of our birds are on display throughout the winter. There are no formal flying demonstrations during the winter months, though (weather permitting) you are welcome to watch as we exercise birds regularly on the flying ground at this time when circumstances permit. There will also be meerkat feeding sessions daily at 11.00am & 3.00pm. Please ask at reception for details or call ahead on 08456 807897 for further information.

DOGS: As a precautionary measure to preserve the safety of both the birds and visiting canines, we regret that dogs are not allowed in the centre. However, we have shaded and secure kennels in full view of our reception staff for the use of visitors dogs, free of charge..


Stonham Barns itself is a great place to spend the day - there are numerous craft & gift shops, a garden centre, driving range & 9-hole golf course and a coffee shop & restaurant, plus plenty of free parking and many traffic-free areas. Our "Come-&-Go" tickets allow you to visit all the attractions between our Flying Demonstrations on the day admission is purchased

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns is situated on the A1120 Tourist route, easily accessible form the A14, A12 and A140 - simply follow the brown signs - or find our location on the online MAP. Our telephone number is (local rate number) 03456 807 897

If you are unable to visit the Sanctuary but would like to
make a donation in support of our work, please click here for further details

Photo: Brian Macfarlane

GROUP VISITS - please click here