Askham Bryan Wildlife Park

Askham Bryan Wildlife Park

Askham Bryan Wildlife Park is an award winning wildlife, conservation park and Arboretum based in York, North Yorkshire. We welcome up to 20,000 visitors a year including general visitors on weekends and school holidays, to school visits during term time. We have over 100 species of animals including mammals, birds, invertebrates, reptiles and fish!

Askham Bryan Wildlife Park

Set across 24 acres of land, Askham Bryan Wildlife Park is home to many different species of Animals and Plants.

During our opening times, guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature as they take in our award-winning arboretum.

We offer animal talks throughout the day on many different species, craft sessions, seasonal events and trails around the Wildlife Park.

We run Wildlife Academy programmes for young conservationists throughout the year for 7-17 year olds wishing to learn the skills needed to protect and look after the Wildlife in our care.

During our term times, we use our closed periods to take school bookings daily.

All of our school visits are self-guided which means schools get the exclusivity of the wildlife park being closed to the public. This means schools can experience our wonderful animals and grounds whilst facilitating all of their educational needs.

We accommodate school trips of all age groups from EYFS to KS4.

We offer workshops tailored towards various subjects including: Habitats, Rainforests, All the Vores (animal diets and skulls), Prehistoric life and Saving species and spaces. For older learners we offer Enclosure design and careers workshops.

We pride ourselves in our multisensory learning experiences and as we reserve our term times for school visits, this allows all of our visiting school the chance to engage with nature in the best way possible.

Our workshops are classroom based but include lots of interaction and activities.

For an end of day treat, our learners are welcome to use our Play Park which is built in to our Wildlife Park, it gives learners a safe space to run and play at any point during their visit.

During selected opening times, we offer early access for SEN learners to allow them to experience the Wildlife Park during our quiet periods.

School trips to Askham Bryan make use of all of our indoor and outdoor facilities, including our Wildlife of the World corridor and our play area. We cater for all learners with additional needs and will always ensure learner needs are met.

Askham Bryan Wildlife Park Offer:

  • NSPCC rates for adult : children ratio to admit a select number of free adults
  • Additional adults are £5 (you don’t pay for additional staff if they are on a 1:1 needs basis)
  • Trail sheets adapted to your age group to take with you around the park (these can be sent to you in advanced)
  • Hi-vis vests with our logo on for schools to wear whilst on site (you are more than welcome to bring your own but they are a requirement whilst on site)
  • Workshops can be added to any visit for as little as £2 extra per child, on an array of topics that can be adapted for your learners needs
  • The exclusivity of self-guiding around the Wildlife Park during our closed hours to the public, meaning your school are able to navigate and learn without interruption at no additional cost

Please email for more information.

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Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, Guide Dogs Welcome, On Site Parking


Conference Facilities, Risk Assessment Available,


Cafe, Picnic Site, Shop, Toilets,






01904 772270

Opening Hours

Open to the public weekends and school holidays 10am – 4pm (last entry 3pm), Schools can book during the weekdays when we are closed to the public. Education visits start from 10am.


For General Admission it’s: £5 for children, £5 concession, £6 adults, carers for free. For Education Admission its: £5 per child to visit the Wildlife Park or an additional £2 if they would like a workshop (£7 total). We also follow the NSPCC guidelines for children to adult ratio meaning a number of adults get in for free.


Askham Bryan Wildlife Park, York, North Yorkshire

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