Admission & Displays

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary opens daily from 10.00am to late afternoon, seven days a week. Flying demonstrations and talks take place throughout the day from Easter to end-September, providing a delightful place to visit to watch, study or simply enjoy the company of Owls and other birds of prey.

You will also find Red Squirrels, the Raptor Hospital, The Barclays Sensory Garden, an information centre about Owls, a woodland walk, picnic areas and plenty of activities for children including the S.O.S. Safari with a prize for all young visitors, a mini-maze, adventure frame, the popular MeerKat Kastle, plus the famous Owl Barn Gift Shop at S.O.S.

With the exception of the Woodland Walk during winter, the centre is wheelchair friendly.

There are over 80 raptors at the Centre, all housed in spacious aviaries and flying free in narrated flying displays or demonstrations. Our "Come-&-Go" tickets allow you to visit all the attractions between our Flying Demonstrations on the day admission is purchased.

Winter Opening Times

All-Day Winter "Come-&-Go" Pass (Late September - Easter)

Adults £6.00, Seniors £5.00, Juniors aged 4-16 £5.00,
Family Group (5) £20.00
Disabled Visitors as above, carers go free. Children under 4 go free
Open daily 10.00am - 4.00pm

Christmas Opening
(weather permitting - please call ahead before travelling if adverse conditions prevail)
Dec 21st - Closed from midday
Dec 24th - Closed from midday
Dec 25th - Closed
Dec 26th - Closed
Dec 27th - Open 10-2
Dec 28th - Open 10-2
Dec 29th - Open 10-2
Dec 30th - Open 10-2
Dec 31st - Closed from midday
Jan 1st - Closed
Jan 2nd - Open 10-3
Open 10-4 daily thereafter until Easter

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. Excepting at Christmas, there are Meet The Meerkats talks daily at 11.00am and 2.00pm

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. 

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 - this includes guide or assistance dogs. We do offer partially shaded and secure kennels with access in full view of our reception staff for the use of visitors' dogs, free of charge.

7-Day Weekly Pass

Adults £17.50 Seniors £12.00, Juniors aged 4-16 £10.00,
Family Group (5) £42.50
Disabled Visitors as above, carers free. Children under 4 go free

Annual Season Ticket

Adults £30.00, Juniors aged 4-16 £20.00, Family Group (5) £60.00

Disabled Visitors as above, carers & children under 4 go free




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. 

Stonham Barns itself is a great place to spend the day - there are numerous craft & gift shops, a garden centre, adventure golf, soft play barn and a coffee shop, plus plenty of free parking and many traffic-free areas.

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 click on the Map button below. Our telephone number is (local rate number) 03456 807 897.

Here's a short film by the students of Ravensbourne College about the centre.

Summer Opening Times

All-Day Summer "Come-&-Go" Pass to Suffolk Owl Sanctuary and Jenny's Ark
(Easter - late September)

Adults £10.00, Seniors and Juniors aged 4-16 £8.50,
Family Group (5) £37.50
Disabled Visitors as above, carers free. Children under 4 go free.
Open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm

  • 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*

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