Liberty's Raptor and Reptile Centre
Liberty's Raptor and Reptile centre is situated near Ringwood. It is ten miles from Bournemouth and is very close to the A31 road that runs through the New Forest. Liberty's is also a rescue centre for many wild injured Birds of Prey. They fund medical treatment and rehabilitation of these birds and ensure their safe release back to the wild. The attraction offers Dog Kennels for visitors and has baby changing facilities.
Plenty of free parking. Not near any railway stations.
What was the cost for you and your family to enter the attraction?
An adult ticket is £6.50, child ticket is £4.95. Family tickets are £19.95 for 2 adults and 2 children.
Please briefly describe the nature of the attraction (zoo, farm etc)
The attraction is mainly home to a large number of Birds of Prey with a fairly small reptile centre.
Is it Buggy Friendly?
Very. You are however required to go onto a field for the bird flying display.
Is Liberty's Raptor and Reptile Centre an Indoor or Outdoor Attraction
90% outdoor with exception of restaurant and reptile centre.
What is the Ideal Age for Visiting?
I would recommend this attraction is better for children over 6 or 7.
Can You Buy Food There?
Yes - a small cafe with plenty of tables.
Are the Food Options Varied? i.e. Vegetarian
Not that I noticed, cafe was geared towards cake and tea and burgers.
What's it Like if You Take Your Own Food?
There are quite a few "pub" bench tables dotted around the attraction with some being undercover.
Are the Toilets Clean?
Can You Do Everything in a Day?
Yes. I would suggest you could see the attraction in 2 hours including a 30 minute flying display.
Do You Have to Pay for Activities on Top of the Entrance Fee?
What is the Best Bit?
At the flying display we saw an African Eagle in flight, an African vulture and a Brown Owl. The flying was spectacular and the talk given with the display was very educational. You get to be very close to the birds.
What Would You Say to People Considering Going?
Take a picnic. Ring in advance to find the times of the flying displays as this is the best bit. Tel. 01425 476487. Take a camera as you get amazingly close to some beautiful birds of prey.
What "Unmissable" Bit Is There?
The Flying display.
What Would Make it Better?
What Did You Think of Your Visit?
The bird keepers were very knowledgable about the birds and seemed passionate about their job, the attraction looks old and is not very big. I would recommend a visit if you like birds of prey but I would not visit for the reptiles.
How Many Stars Out Of Five?
Do You Have Any Final Comments?
The attraction runs Flying experience days that can be booked in advance. These run from September to May for ages 16 and over.Liberty's Centre