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“An unexpected treasure - brilliant value for money”

Gentleshaw Birds of Prey and Wildlife Centre
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Stafford
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

We found this place on Trip Advisor, saw excellent reviews and since we only live 25 minutes away, decided to take our three year old and one year old. To be perfectly honest, we weren't expected a great deal from a place tucked behind a garden centre that was only charging £5 for adult entry but we had a spare day and nothing to lose.
Well, what a brilliant surprise! As far as I was concerned, they'd earned the entrance fee in the first ten minutes, and this was despite the fact that (mid week, term time, windy weather) the mini railway wasn't running and there were no bird exercise demonstrations. It was bigger than I expected, with more animals on display. Obviously, there's always a melancholy element to seeing animals in captivity - especially birds of prey, they have a couple of eagles - but it was apparent throughout that this was a rescue centre and they'd been saved from worse fates. In some cases birds had been rehomed to "better" places but had to come back. Some of the monkeys were ex-laboratory and hadn't seen daylight before coming to Gentleshaw. There were plenty of staff around (far more than visitors the day we went, we pretty much had the place to ourselves). The animals seemed well-cared for.
Not knowing the food situation prior to arrival, we'd packed a picnic. Notices state that only food bought on the premises can be consumed on the premises, despite plenty of outdoor picnic tables so we ate in the garden centre restaurant, where the food was of reasonable standard (recommend the Moo-shakes) and price and the staff were friendly, tables were clean. A decent meal for the four of us was about £20.
There's a play area for younger and older kids, and the garden centre's a decent sized one, selling a mix of toys, books, household items too.
All in all, it's one of those places where the value for money makes you feel a bit like you're taking advantage of their good nature. We've spent ten times as much on entrance fees for other places and had less fun. We will be going back regularly.

1  Thank SueBrennanUk
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Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Lovely day here, always updating animal areas and much better than other local wildlife centres locally. Some amazing stories and unusual animals that have been rescued or removed from inappropriate homes. From turtles, birds of prey to singing dogs and raccoons. We all had a great time and good to talk to kids about caring for animals.
Watching the birds having their exercise time was incredible. Watched a Kookaburra, barn owl, Harris hawk and a super funny owl called Elsie fly around. (Elsie preferred running!!) Staff incredibly knowledgeable and interesting info shared.
Groupon vouchers were incredibly good value but I’d happily pay full price to support this treasure.

Thank Sarahs33
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Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Lovely place to take the kids , had a fab few hours out. Everything is reasonably priced. You can take your own picnic. Animals are well cared for , all the money they make goes back into the centre. Expanding rapidly so will be going again. Nice play park for the kids. Train ride at £1.50 each was great fun. You can go backwards and forwards to your car if you need to. Staff very informative and helpful. Cannot recommend this place highly enough it's attached to a garden centre which was a bonus. Free parking. Brilliant fun !!

Thank Tracey T
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Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Lovely place to go for all ages! Great prices and plenty to see and do. Seeing all the rescue animals is so worth it. A definite must do.

Thank Eve R
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Reviewed 13 August 2018

Me and my partner love popping up for the occasional afternoon looking at the animals. The animals seem genuinely well cared for, and the focus is very much on looking after animals that are rescued or abandoned, so compared to a lot of places it's a 'guilt-free' indulgence.

Thank Drew D
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