Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Ballyvaughan

4.8
#1 of 9 in Wildlife in County Clare
Burren Birds of Prey Centre provides educational flying displays of birds of prey, and the opportunity to interact with the birds first-hand. At the flying display you will see different hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls from around the world fly over your heads as the trainer describes their habits to you. Take the hawk walk to get up close and personal with the birds; you'll be given an introduction to falconry and have the chance to handle a Harris hawk for the hour. The instructor will teach you how to release and call the hawk while walking through the woods. To visit Burren Birds of Prey Centre on your trip to Ballyvaughan, use our Ballyvaughan driving holiday planner .
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  • August 14, 2017
    Fantastic with lots of demonstrations Children got to hold birds and the staff were only to pleased to share the knowledge with the little ones.Good arena with plenty of seating.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    On a recent visit to the caves, we sat through the Birds of Prey show having visited the centre, it is included in the entrance ticket. Great excitment as one of my kids was picked to go down and have...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This is an excellent way to spend a few hours while staying in Clare. Suitable for all ages. Make sure you get to see the shows for some interaction with the birds. The staff are so knowledge and frie...  more »
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  • April 23, 2017
    Absolutely fantastic centre. In addition to visiting the centre itself and watching a few of the shows they put on to educate about the various birds they have, we also went on a private hawk walk where you walk around with the hawk on your arm. The hawks will fly off during the walk and the guide will call them back to you, amazing to watch the acrobatics they pull as they fly back. Aside from the beautiful hawks we got to walk with they also house many other birds of prey including owls, eagles and vultures. Absolutely amazing experience to be so close to these beautiful animals and highly recommended.
  • June 4, 2017
    Brilliant place to bring kids. The staff were so friendly and knowledgeable and let the children get up close to the birds. Enjoyable for both kids and adults. We went to the alliwee caves in the same trip and both were very interesting.
  • February 14, 2017
    There are 3 things to do here, and combining them for a few hours on a combo ticket is well worth the time and cost. For 18 euros we were able to start at this Birds of Prey center, and we certainly enjoyed walking around the different birds, in spite of the fact that I warn you their audio guide is not working on many of the birds. What makes it awesome is that the people who work with them are incredibly nice and happy to show us the birds up close and personal. So we spent a good half an hour with James who took out an amazing falcon, and held him for us, fed him inches from us, and gave us and a few others a demonstration of the magnificent bird flying and even chasing a toy he had. That up close experience made it special. Then the cheese and fudge shop was adorable, it's right next to it, and some very friendly women gave explanations and samples of delicious cheeses and fudge, as well as a great explanation of how the cheeses are made. After that we went up the hill to the cave and got a great 30 minute walking tour into the cave. For 18 euros we were very happy with our afternoon and can easily recommend it.
  • June 10, 2017
    Fantastic facility, fantastic experience, a must place to visit if your in the West of Ireland. The selection of birds of prey is amazing.
  • May 23, 2017
    Me and my wife did the hawk walk with Ian and had an amazing time. Ian was very informative and answered all of our questions.

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Where to stay in Ballyvaughan

Discover the charms of the Burren area by staying at an affordable bed and breakfast or traditional cottage in Ballyvaughan. While there are a handful of hotels to choose from here, this village is known for its self-catering accommodations, most of which come in the form of cottage-style guesthouses and basic bed and breakfasts. The center of the village offers lodging for a range of visitors traveling with different budgets.
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