Our visit to Askham Bryan Wildlife Park with a 5-month-old

On Sunday we visited Askham Bryan Wildlife Park in York. It’s only a 15-minute journey from our house and as the weather was due to…


On Sunday we visited Askham Bryan Wildlife Park in York. It’s only a 15-minute journey from our house and as the weather was due to be nice, we thought it would be a great place to take our 5-month-old baby. Leo has been in lockdown for basically all of his existence and we are excited to take him places and. let him view the world.

Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park

About Askham Bryan Wildlife Park

Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park is a small wildlife park and zoo set in the beautiful arboretum at Askham Bryan College. Their mission is to inspire and educate future generations to respect and conserve animals and plants and the park is home to a variety of animals, many of which are endangered or vulnerable species, and it is dedicated to promoting education and conservation efforts.

Askham Bryan College is a specialist land-based college. It has many animal-related courses such as veterinary care, agriculture and equine management. The wildlife and conservation park is based in the Animal Management Department at Askham Bryan College, York.

It has over 50 different species of animals plus many plants and trees to look at. Some animals we saw:

  • Terapins
  • Clownfish
  • Lemur
  • Meerkats
  • Chinchillas
  • Blue Frogs
  • Snakes
  • Tortoise
  • Otters
  • Wallabies
  • Armadillos
  • Lizzards
  • Racoons
Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park Tortoise

The cages all have information about the animals on them so you can your children can learn a few things too!

The wildlife park is only small and isn’t as big as Yorkshire Wildlife Park or Chester Zoo, but it’s good for a stroll. We spent about 90 minutes looking around and showing Leo things.

There are also benches to sit at so you can pack a picnic ad eat lunch there and a park for children to play in. The park is also involved in a number of conservation and research projects, including breeding programs for endangered species and efforts to restore and protect local habitats.

Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park is a unique and educational destination in York, offering you the chance to see a variety of rare and endangered animals while learning about conservation efforts and the importance of protecting our natural world.

Animal Encounters

Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park offer a range of educational and interactive experiences for visitors. These include animal encounters an mini animal encounters, where visitors can get up close and personal with some of the park’s resident animals, and talks and presentations on a variety of topics related to conservation and wildlife.

The Wildlife Academy Program

The Askham Bryan wildlife academy is offered at the ABC Wildlife Park for children aged 7-17. The program is designed to provide a hands-on, interactive learning experience about wildlife, conservation, and zookeeping. It includes a variety of activities such as animal encounters, talks, and workshops. Students will have the opportunity to learn about a range of animals and their habitats, as well as the importance of conservation and sustainable living. The program is split into 3 age brackets and tailored to meet the needs and interests of the age group.

They are two-day workshops that cost £150 per student (at the time of writing this).

Family at Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park

Going to Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park with a 5-month-old. 

Now, let’s get to our trip.

Usually, Leo has a poo a couple of times in a morning. It got to 10:30 am, still no poo. I swear he does this every time we go out! So we travelled to the park and start walking around. The part is an aquarium and reptile home with fish, replies and other tank creatures. We spent some time looking at the terapins and he enjoyed watching them swim around. We then went outside and took him out of his pram to take some photos in front of some lovely flowers. I’m sure you can imagine what happens next!

He does a poo. So we ended up having to backtrack a bit to the toilets. Thankfully there was nobody else around so going in the opposite direction of the one-way system didn’t feel too illegal (this one-way system was a Covid measure, but it’s been removed now)! But I think needing to change your babies nappy is a good enough reason. We weren’t far from the toilets.

There was a disabled toilet that had baby changing facilities and it was the first time I’ve had to use those plastic pull-down trays. Leo WAS NOT happy haha!

I changed him and went back to find my partner who was talking to one of the keepers in the tortoise enclosure. He got them to walk towards us so Leo could see but he wasn’t really looking. He’s at the age where something really has to catch his eye and I think they blended in too much for him to look at. He was staring at the bright yellow dandelions on the floor!

We then found a place with some wooden bears you could sit on and take photos. Leo was getting a bit grizzly by then so I sat down and breastfed him as nobody was around. Typical Leo!

Flowers at Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park

Then he was sleepy so we put him in his pram and he seemed to enjoy being laid flat down looking out the side than us carrying him around! He was too young to really appreciate and see the animals. A lot of them were hidden away and you had to look through the enclosures or glass for them.

When we came to the end we to the cafe. We got coffee and my partner had a blueberry muffin and I had a Solero ice cream. Of course, Leo did a Leo and pooed.

The car park had no parent/child car parking and someone had blocked us in. We had taken my 3 door car as the battery keeps going flat from not driving it and we have to fully open the door to get Leo in his car seat in the back. There was about 10 disabled bays near we were sat and none were in use, so my partner pulled the car into one and we changed him in the boot. Leo being Leo had somehow managed to poo all down his leg so we had to completely change him! All while rushing because even though there were loads of disabled bays free, you still feel bad for being in one! We changed him as quickly as possible and then put him in the car and left haha.

Terapins at Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park

It was still really nice to take him out somewhere. Despite all the poo drama.

Going anywhere with a baby is hard as you don’t know when they need a nappy change and GOSH they get mardy when you miss a nap time!

Anyway, we really enjoyed it apart from this. The Askham Bryan Arboretum was really nice for a baby actually, as he loves looking up at tree branches waving in the air.

We’re probably going to get a season pass for next year when he is toddling about as it will be nice to take him when he’s a bit older. It will be somewhere we can visit with family too, we’ll take a picnic and then Leo can play in the park after looking at all the animals.

If you want to go, you can book your tickets here.

Opening Times

ABC Wildlife Park is open Saturday and Sunday only during term time. It’s open during the week during the school holidays.

10:00 until 17:00 (last entry 16:00) until October 31st 2022.

10:00 until 16:00 (last entry 15:00) from November 1st 2022 – 4th March 2023

Prices at Askham Bryan Animal Park

Single Admission Prices 2022

Adult £6.95
Concession £5.95
Child (3-15) £5.95
Child (2 and Under) Free
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) £22.50

Annual Pass Prices 2022

Child (3-15)£17.00
Child (2 and Under)Free
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)£62.50

I believe the prices have gone up in 2023 but the website hasn’t updated yet!

2023 Update

We bought the season passes and visit Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park a few times a month. It’s brilliant for Leo. When he started walking, he just wanted to walk around on his terms and it was quite difficult to control him at times. At ABC Wildlife Park we can just let him walk around and we follow him. It’s a safe place for him to explore without the fear of any roads. It’s usually pretty quiet. We tend to go as soon as it opens. I just wish it was open during the week, too!

Terpins at askham wildlife park
Lizard at Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park
Lizard at Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park
Animals at Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park
Otters at Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park
skinnedcartree at Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park
Tortoise at Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park
Askham Bryan wildlife park
askham bryan animal park
Askham Bryan wildlife park Flowers
askham bryan conservation park
Askham Bryan wildlife park Wallabies
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Hope you enjoyed our Askham Bryan wildlife park review! Have you been? Be sure to check the animal park out the next time you’re in York!

Check out my Bettle Bank Farm review.

Are you looking for more things to do with the kids in Yorkshire? See this post with lots of Yorkshire family fun!


  1. What a lovely post and pictures! Apart from the poo detours, it sounds like you had a great time and it’s so amazing that you can start taking Leo around to show him around! I am sure he’s going to appreciate it even more when you get back to the park, adding this to my list of places to visit x

  2. I love a good day out with little ones but it’s never as glam as it seems in my head. My niece and nephew would love this place – we took them to Longleat last summer when it was open but restricted because of COVID and they loved it!


  3. Awh that photo of you and Leo with the wooden bears is so cute! I never even knew about this place but definitely looks worth a visit!
    Amy xx

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