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Red Kite Retreat

Closkelt Road, Castlewellan, County Down, BT31 9QF
2 Red Kites inflight against a clear blue sky

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For a truly unique family day out, as well as being educational, we proudly provide our guests an opportunity to observe the Red Kite bird in its natural habitat from our hide and red kite feeding station.

When on our Red Kite Experience you will be awed by the thrill and delight of these magnificent birds at close quarters. Once seen, it has the most amazing effect of amazement and admiration. It is, quite simply, one of the most impressive and beautiful birds of prey.

The Red Kite, bird of prey was reintroduced to Northern Ireland in 2008, and our farm lies in the epicentre of their  habitat.  Red Kite Retreat is Ireland's only red kite feeding and viewing station. Visitors are able to sit in the newly constructed bird viewing hide, to watch and photograph these majestic birds, as they dive and compete for their supplementary daily afternoon feed.  

We currently feed the red kites daily at 15:00  (arrival advised 14:30). 

Also available is our Photographer – Red Kite Experience please note this is restricted to a total of 5 guests within the hide, allowing you to get close and capture the majestic birds without disturbing them.


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Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)

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  • COVID-19 measures in place

Establishment Features

  • Family Fun
  • Online Booking

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Red Kite Experience£7.50 per ticket
Child Red Kite Experience£4.00 per ticket
Concession Red Kite Experience£6.50 per ticket
Family Red Kite Experience£20.00 per ticket
Photographer -Red Kite Experience£20.00 per ticket

Children 4 and under - Free

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Opening Times

Family Red Kite Feeding Experience (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Saturday - SundayOpen
Photographer - Red Kite Experience (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Saturday - SundayClosed

* Please note guests need to arrive at least 30 minutes before the allocated booking slot, so that guests can be in the hide to ensure the birds are not disturbed.

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