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Where to see deer

Where to see deer

If you were to walk very quietly through any reasonably sized wood for an hour immediately after first light you would probably see wild deer of one species or another. 

Listed below are some places where you may find both wild and/or exotic species of deer roaming. (Please note that details may change so you are advised to check the appropriate website before planning your visit. Please note that BDS is not responsible for the content of any external website.)

This website lists deer viewing locations of particular interest to photographers
http://www.photographers-resource.co.uk/wildlife/locations/deer/lists/deer_uk.htm

Forestry Commission woodland
Most Forestry Commission woodlands hold populations of wild deer, and are open to the public. The deer can be difficult to approach, not only because they are wild, but also because there are usually other people walking around. However, the deer can become accustomed to people looking at them, so are not always too shy.
www.forestry.gov.uk

SOUTH EAST ENGLAND

British Wildlife Centre, Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6LF

Fallow, red & roe deer

A small park created in 1997 to showcase native British wildlife. Admission charge.
www.britishwildlifecentre.co.uk/

Knepp Estate, New Barn farm, West Sussex RH13 8NN

Fallow, red & roe deer

The largest rewilding project in lowland Britain and the largest of its kind in lowland Europe. Here, natural processes – driven by large ungulates – are allowed to take place on an influential scale.

http://www.kneppsafaris.co.uk/

Bushy Park, Hampton Court Road, Hampton Hill, London TW12 2EJ   

Fallow & red deer

Known for its natural beauty, over 300 deer live in the park, which is also scattered with a series of ponds providing a home to many swans and a large variety of birds. Free public access. 
www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/bushy-park

Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP               

Fallow & sika deer

At 1000 acres Knole Park is one of the few deer-parks in England to have survived the past 500 years (there were 700 in the 16th century) and the only one in Kent. Free public access.       
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/

Lodge Park & Sherborne Estate, Aldsworth, nr Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 3PP

Fallow & roe deer

Beautiful Cotswold country estate with deer course and 17th-century grandstand and surrounded by water meadows and parkland.                
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lodge-park-and-sherborne-estate/

Petworth Park, Petworth, Sussex GU28 0AE            

Fallow deer

Late 17th-century mansion set in a beautiful 283-hectare (700-acre) deer park, landscaped by 'Capability' Brown. Fallow deer have called Petworth Park home for over 500 years and Henry VIII reportedly hunted them on his visit to Petworth in the 1500s. Today around 900 of them grace the parkland. Free public access to park but parking charges apply.    
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth-house/

Richmond Park, Richmond, London.                

Fallow & red deer

This environment has been created by centuries of grazing by herds of red and fallow deer. During the autumn rut the red stags and fallow bucks compete for females (hinds and does respectively). The large males roar, bark and clash antlers in an attempt to fight off rivals and attract as many females as possible. Free public access.            
www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond-park

Wildwood Trust, Herne Bay, Kent ST6 7LQ               

Roe, fallow & red deer

Beautiful ancient forest, between the historic city of Canterbury and the pretty coastal town of Herne Bay. Admission charge.                                                                                               
http://wildwoodtrust.org

Woburn Abbey, Woburn Park, Bedfordshire MK17 9WA    

Red, fallow, Pere David’s, barasingha, muntjac, Manchurian sika, rusa, axis & Chinese water deer

Covering 3,000 acres Woburn is home to nine species of deer making it one of the largest private conservation parks in Europe. Open April to end October. Admission charge.
www.woburnabbey.co.uk

SOUTH WEST ENGLAND

Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN

Red & fallow deer

A fine country mansion in 850 acres of woodland and pasture, part of which is easily accessible deer park. Open all year. Free to the public.
www.bristol.gov.uk/page/leisure-and-culture/ashton-court-estate

Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive, Minstead, nr Lyndhurst SO43 

Fallow deer

From April to September large numbers of fallow deer are attracted by food put out each day by the Forestry Commission. It is not unusual to see more than fifty deer in loose groups waiting to be fed. Both bucks and does are often present, which is unusual in the New Forest, as the sexes normally remain apart other than for the autumnal rut. Amongst the conventionally marked fallow deer, a number of white bucks and does may be seen, along with animals of unusually dark colour. A specially built viewing platform provides ideal opportunities to watch, photograph and appreciate these noble animals. Free car park nearby.
www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/EnglandHampshireNoForestNewForestBolderwood

Dyrham Park, nr Chippenham, Wilts, SN14 8ER           

Fallow deer

Spectacular late 17th-century Baroque mansion and deer park covering 110ha (274 acres).                                                   
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrham-park/

New Forest Wildlife Park, Deerleap Lane, Longdown, nr Ashhurst, Southampton SO40 4UH

Red deer

Twenty-five acres of ancient woodland set within the New Forest National Park.  Admission charge.
www.newforestwildlifepark.co.uk/ 

Powderham Castle Deer Park, Exeter, Devon , EX6 8JQ

Fallow deer

Take a Deer Safari tractor trailer ride into the deer park to admire the Castle's surrounding natural rugged beauty from the banks of the Exe estuary, and around 600 fallow deer as well as other wildlife.
http://www.powderham.co.uk/visit/castle-and-gardens/other-attractions

Prinknash Bird & Deer Park, Cranham, Gloucester GL4 8EX     

Fallow deer & reindeer

Inspired by traditional 18th century parkland, this 10-acre park opened in 1975. Admission charge.
www.thebirdpark.com

South West Deer Rescue & Study Centre, Wayford, nr Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 8QN 

Red, fallow, axis, roe, muntjac & Japanese sika deer.

Set in over 100 acres of beautiful countryside on the Somerset/Dorset border, the centre offers the experience of being up close to different species of wild and semi-wild deer. Some can even be hand fed depending on the time of year.    www.deer-rescue.com


CENTRAL ENGLAND

Charlecote Park, Charlecote, Nr Wellesbourne, Warwick CV35 9ER   

Fallow deer

Grand 16th century country house and deer park, on the banks of the River Avon four miles east of Stratford-upon-Avon. Miles of walks and views across the river. A herd of fallow deer has been in the park since Tudor times.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/charlecote-park/

Chatsworth Park, Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP    
Fallow & red deer

The 1000-acre park is open all year round. Admission charge.
www.chatsworth.org/

Donington Hall Deer Park, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2SG       

Fallow & red deer

The Deer Park dates back to medieval times, possibly as early as 1102, when the Earls of Chester held it from the Crown. The park is now some 160 acres, and it protected as a SSSI. The deer are still a wild herd, now some 300 strong.    
http://doningtonhall.com/     
Schools (not individuals) wishing to observe or photograph deer should contact Dave Stretton Tel: 01332 810757.

Bradgate Park, Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire LE6 0HE           

Fallow & red deer

Famous for its deer herd Bradgate was ‘enclosed’ with a timber pale boundary around 1240. It is now the only remaining enclosed medieval deer park in the East Midlands that still retains much of its original form. The average number of deer at Bradgate is around 400, about three quarters of which are fallow deer.  Free admission but parking charges apply.
www.bradgatepark.org

Grimsthorpe Castle Park & Gardens, Bourne, Lincs PE10 0LZ        

Red, fallow & muntjac deer

The park at extends to almost 3,000 acres and is around five miles across at its longest point. Two enclosed deer parks were once inside the boundary. Today the deer parks have gone but the deer now run wild across the whole of the estate. Open April to September.  Admission charge.  
www.grimsthorpe.co.uk/

Helmingham Hall, Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6EF         

Red & fallow deer

The Park encloses 400 acres and has large herds of both red and fallow deer. The deer have been in the Park for many centuries - the earliest mention of them is in 1660. Open May to September.
www.helmingham.com

Holkham Hall & Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AB         

Fallow & red deer

3,000-acre deer park on the beautiful north Norfolk coast.  Admission charge.
www.holkham.co.uk

Snettisham Park Farm, Snettisham, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE31 7NQ   

Red deer

A 329-acre working farm and wildlife park offering a 45-minute safari trip around the deer park.
www.snettishampark.co.uk

Wollaton Park, Wollaton, Nottinghamshire NG8 2AE           

Red and fallow deer

Five hundred acres of spectacular gardens and parkland where the deer roam freely. Open all year. Free entry but there is a parking charge.
http://wollatonhall.org.uk/


NORTHERN ENGLAND

Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4SJ           

Fallow deer

Set in a magnificent 121-hectare (300-acre) deer park this Georgian house was a military hospital during the First World War. Admission charge.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey/

Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport, Cheshire SK12 2NR           

Red & fallow deer

A 17-acre garden retaining many original features from Jacobean and Tudor times is surrounded by a medieval deer park, with herds of red and fallow deer, covering almost 1,400 acres of moorland, woodland and parkland and containing an early 18th-century hunting tower. Admission charges.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme-park/

Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington, Co. Durham DL2 3AH       

Red & fallow deer

The 200-acre deer park surrounding Raby Castle has red deer and the smaller fallow deer - both herds containing the descendants of deer preserved in this area since Norman times. Open May to September. Admission charge.
www.rabycastle.com

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN           

Red & fallow deer

The deer park at Tatton was created by Royal Charter in 1290. Eight centuries later, the deer still provide a magnificent sight for visitors as they roam freely in over 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland. The deer herd totals 400 breeding head. Admission charge.
www.tattonpark.org.uk

Wentworth Castle, Lowe Lane, Stainborough, Barnsley S75 3ET   

Red & fallow deer

The Castle Gardens & Stainborough Park extends to over 500 acres and includes historic gardens and parkland. Free entry but parking charges apply.
www.wentworthcastle.org


WALES / CYMRU

Margam Country Park, Margam, Port Talbot SA13 2TJ       

Fallow, Pere David’s, red, axis, hog & barasingha deer

Deer roam through 500 acres (200 hectares) of parkland. They date from Norman times although several references are made to deer in this area during the time of Roman occupation.  The herd, originally exclusively fallow, is of excellent genetic quality with heads to rival any in the British Isles. Pere David’s deer, an endangered species, was introduced as part of a breeding programme in conjunction with Whipsnade. Exotic species have been added including chital or axis deer, hog deer and barasingha. Small-scale introductions have also been made of roe, muntjac and Chinese water deer although these have met with mixed success. Free entry but parking charges apply.
www.margamcountrypark.co.uk

Dinefwr House, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6RT       

Fallow deer

An 18th-century landscaped park which includes Newton House at the heart of the site, built in 1660. The medieval deer park, with restricted public access, is home to more than 100 fallow deer and the famous Dinefwr White Park Cattle. Admission charge
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr/


SCOTLAND

Beecraigs Country Park, nr Linlithgow, West Lothian EH49 6PL       

Red deer

Established in 1977, the red deer herd is maintained as a visitor attraction and guided walks are run throughout the year. Visitors can enjoy the views from the raised platform and explore the walkways through the fields.  Free entry.
www.westlothian.gov.uk/beecraigs

The Highland Wildlife Park Kincraig, Kingussie, Inverness-shire, PH21 1NL 

Red, white lipped, Bukhara deer & reindeer

Owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, this drive-through park has a visitor centre and plenty to see and photograph.  Admission charge.
www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk

Jedforest Deer and Farm Park, Mervinslaw Estate, Camptown, Jedburgh TD8 6PL 

Red, fallow, sika & muntjac deer

Set in the rolling countryside of the Scottish Borders the Park nestles in the Jed Valley with views over the Cheviot Hills.  Open Easter to end October. Admission charge.
www.aboutscotland.com/jedforest/

The Scottish Deer Centre, Cupar, Fife KY15 4NQ    

Axis, bukhara, barasingha, Chinese water deer, fallow, hog, moose, muntjac, Pere David’s, red, reindeer, roe, sika, wapiti & white lipped deer

A 55-acre conservation, education and research centre. Deer can be viewed from viewing platforms and scenic pathways. Admission charge.
www.tsdc.co.uk


NORTHERN IRELAND

Gosford Forest Park, Markethill, Co. Armagh, BT60 1UG       

Red deer

Formerly Gosford Demesne, the park comprises some 240 hectares of diverse woodland and open parkland set in gentle rolling drumlin countryside. Free entry.
www.nidirect.gov.uk/gosford-forest-park

Parkanaur Forest Park, Castlecaulfield, Co. Tyrone BT71 3AA        

Fallow deer

The white fallow deer are the descendants from a pair that were sent by Queen Elizabeth I to her niece at Mallow Castle in County Cork as a wedding gift. This herd has been in Parkanaur Forest since the mid 1970's. Members of the public are welcome to walk through the deer enclosure by a designated path. Free entry.
www.nidirect.gov.uk/parkanaur-forest-park

Randalstown Forest, off Staffordstown Rd. Randalstown, Co Antrim  

Fallow & red deer

The park has 20-25 fallow deer along with a few red deer for comparison. Many of these deer are very tame and provide an excellent opportunity to quietly observe them from a raised wooden platform overlooking the park.  
www.nidirect.gov.uk/randalstown-forest