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 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 £5.00, Seniors £4.00, Juniors aged 4-16 £4.00,
Family Group (5) £17.50
Disabled Visitors as above, carers go free. Children under 4 go free
Open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm (except at Christmas)

Please note we are closed on certain days over the Christmas/New Year period

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. There will also be meerkat feeding sessions daily. Please ask at reception for details or call ahead on 03456 807 897 for times.

Summer Opening Times

All-Day Summer "Come-&-Go" Pass (Easter - late September)

Adults £7.50, Seniors and Juniors aged 4-16 £6.00,
Family Group (5) £27.50
Disabled Visitors as above, carers free. Children under 4 go free.
Open daily 10.00am - 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

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 £7.50,
Family Group (5) £35.00
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 & 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.

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 with access in full view of our reception staff for the use of visitors' dogs, free of charge.

    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