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 just before 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 our famous owl-y gift shop.

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. Visitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Summer Opening Times

All-Day Summer "Come-&-Go" Pass to Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
(April 6th - 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 3 and under 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

  • 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm Bird Exercising*

  • 3.00 pm Meet The Meerkats.

SAVE when you buy a MEERKAT ENCOUNTER SESSION with your admission to Suffolk Owl Sanctuary (click for details)

* For operational reasons a bird exercising session between 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm will replace the 3.30 pm flying display for the time being, presenting a great opportunity to see many of the younger birds stretch their wings in free flight.

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. 

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.

All flying displays and exercising sessions are weather permitting.

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 3 and under 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 3 and under 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. Here's a short film by the students of Ravensbourne College about the centre.

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.

Winter Opening Times

All-Day Winter "Come-&-Go" Pass (Late September 2019 - just before Easter 2020)

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 3 and under go free
Open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm

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 3.00pm