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#3 of 17 things to do in Bourton-on-the-Water Features Animals
Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN, England
+44 1451 820480
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A great family day out with friendly staff & fantastic animals!!!!

I went with my husband & as full time wheelchair users the facilities were great, disabled access... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Oxford, United Kingdom
Nice place to spend a few hours

Worth a visit as this is the only place in the uk with King penguins so that was exciting as we'd... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Katie W
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Birdland is a natural setting of woodland, river and gardens, which is inhabited byover 500 birds ( swans, pelicans, flamingos, hornbills, cranes, storks, cassowary, pigeons, owls and many more) with the only group of King Penguins in England, Wales and Ireland. More than 50 aviaries, open enclosures and a Desert House and you will also see a display of fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects in the Discovery Zone There is the Penguin Café, indoor and outdoor Picnic areas, an indoor and outdoor play areas, Gift Shop and much more.There are several new aviaries and more to be built which will allow for some new species of bird to be seen in the future.We have just added another 2.5 acres to the site and have developed a nature trail area called ‘Marshmouth Nature Reserve’. The area is a maze of paths and copses with marshland and ponds and views over the Windrush River that will develop over the next few years. This will be a chance for you to immerse yourself in a small area of the Cotswold countryside where you can see many species from a dragonfly to a kingfisher. We have the support of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and their early surveys have already acknowledged the presence of Otter and Water Vole on the site with over 60 species of bird recorded and hundreds of plant and insect species.The Discovery Zone offers a dry area to explain the Life Cycle of the Egg and the Life of Birds, seating and soft play area. We also have ‘Trigg Hall’ our new Conference/classroom/lecture theatre facility which will expand our educational facilities for schools, the visitor experience and small business conferences. For more details please contact us. The Encounter Zone is where visitors are able to get up close and personal with many animals from spiders and snakes to chinchillas and eagle owls.Many events planned each year including ‘Bird of Prey Encounters’, ’, ‘Meet a Keeper’ , Summer Trail, evening experiences like ‘Owl Night’, ‘Parrot Night’ and much more. Please look at our website for further details.This also includes daily Penguin Talk, Meet the Pelicans and soon Flamingo Talk.Easter and Summer Quiz trails and the Nature Reserve Warden’s Quiz and please contact us for any group and School visit requirements.Family Ticket, Season Ticket, Bird Adoption and Educational sheets.Arrange ‘Keeper for the Day’ or ‘Feed a Penguin’Newsletter ‘Pelican Notes’
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Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN, England
+44 1451 820480
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I went with my husband & as full time wheelchair users the facilities were great, disabled access platforms to view the penguins & helpful staff in reception & the cafe, they have even added brand new disabled toilets!!!!!!

Thank dolphingal1980
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Worth a visit as this is the only place in the uk with King penguins so that was exciting as we'd never seen them in person before. The keeper also did a really good talk on them. The penguin enclosure could use a bit of...More

Thank Katie W
Reviewed 2 days ago

I wasn't looking forward to visiting Birdland - I'm not much for capitive animal attractions. But I reversed my view in less than half an hour. My Grandson absolutely loved this place - and it soon started to grow on me. There is something honest...More

Thank MrDiogenes
Reviewed 4 days ago

We have been to Birdland several times with and without the grandchildren and it is always a delight. Educational too as you lear the different birds from around the world. Penguin feeding time is always popular along with the flamingos and the storks. You will...More

Thank Chris G
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had an hour to spare, so we visited Birdland, however you should allow a good 2hrs for this place. What a close up experience we had with so many different types of wildlife.

Thank Kaz D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worthwhile if you're in Bourton, good variety of birds on display and not a bad way to spend a couple of hours. Highlight is definitely the penguins.

Thank Nick M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice and cool place to look at birds from all over the world. Would recommend if you are nearby. Cheap entrance as well

Thank Simen P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely wildlife attraction. Quite small and we found 3 hours was enough, but would have spent longer if the children could have been persuaded to listen to the flamingo and pelican talks! The penguins are fantastic and you can get up very close. We also...More

Thank wussbird
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here yesterday, having been several years ago. It was lovely, very well laid out and well signed posted. Wasn't too expensive to go in when you saw what was there. The king penguins were lovely sharing a pool with Humboldt penguins. There were...More

Thank Hollybush25
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely way to spend a day both for adults & children. The recently added dinosaur extension was enjoyed by my 10 yr old Grandaughter with puzzles to find on the way around. The staff were very helpful, friendly & knowledgeable. Prices were...More

Thank maggienmal_11
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Is the cafe open during the week in February?
17 February 2017|
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Response from Neece242 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure - it certainly wasn't open at the end of November.
Hi, how long do you think it would take adults to look round? Thank you.
27 September 2016|
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Response from djhotel | Reviewed this property |
Dependant on weather but it's a good couple of hours at a leisurely pace.
ARe you open 29th - 31st December 2016
9 September 2016|
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Response from superhoop 71 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are Christmas day is the only day they shut on according to their website