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“worth going, but not great”

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Burford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Closer to Wildlife! Stroll around the Park discovering over 260 different animal species in 160 acres of beautiful parkland and stunning gardens. Get eye-to-eye with Giraffe, walk with Lemurs in our Madagascar exhibit and watch Zebras and Rhinos graze in front of the Gothic listed Manor House, with only a ha-ha in between you. Take a ride on Bella the Train around the Park or let the kids explore the adventure playground. Have lunch in our restaurant or picnic on our spacious lawns. Pet the goats in the Farmyard or watch the Penguins being fed (daily at 11am & 3pm). If your're brave take a peek in our Reptile house with Crocodiles, venomous snakes and lizards or watch the bats flying around in the Bat house or see the creepy crawlies in the Insect House. Stroll around our Walled Garden with Meerkats, Otters, Prairie Dogs, Penguins and Tropical House with free-roaming Sloths, bats and birds. Along with beautiful exotic plants, cactus beds (in the warmer months) and spectacular bedding, all of which make a beautiful backdrop to the animals.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Its not cheap, but we had a nice day in good weather, Best feature is how close you are to the animals. It was nice to see the involvement of the staff with children and the animals at feeding times. Very pleasant gardens and walks. One thing that they need to improve is the food outlets. They are sparse and just not good enough. I'd have thought they would be big revenue earners.
We enjoyed the day, but not sure we would go back.

Thank george g
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"train ride"
in 183 reviews
"all ages"
in 209 reviews
"animal enclosures"
in 68 reviews
"plenty of space"
in 104 reviews
"adventure playground"
in 85 reviews
"animals seem"
in 36 reviews
"reptile house"
in 63 reviews
"great family day"
in 76 reviews
"walled garden"
in 104 reviews
"baby rhino"
in 95 reviews
"small train"
in 29 reviews
"play area"
in 95 reviews
"gift shop"
in 108 reviews
"large enclosures"
in 29 reviews
"whole family"
in 56 reviews
"tropical house"
in 47 reviews
"guide book"
in 29 reviews

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We decided to visit last Friday during half term. As a family of two adults and a seven and nine year old the tickets cost a total of just under £50, which was quite acceptable. I was at first struck by the setting; spacious grounds around a country house of characterful style. The plantings around the house are impressive too, from carefully manicured box hedges to great clumps of bamboo and giant rhubarb. There is an ancient oak next to the building whose trunk seems to twist up out of the ground like a mass of solidified volcanic larva before towering up and providing welcome shade to the terrace outside the snack bar. The walled garden behind the house is home to many species of birds and mammals, and within this area there is a large conservatory which is bursting with rainforest plants. Walking through this mini jungle, you are likely to see sloths, fruit bats and several bird species, all free roaming in the same area. We took the train ride around the grounds which lasted about 15 minutes, and costing £1 per person was a great way to see most of the grounds. This helped us to plan where we would walk to next. The reptile house is very well populated; from healthy looking lizards to the edgy thrill of being within inches of a black mamba. Three huge anacondas bask in a pool at the far end and are neighbours to an even longer reticulated python. Moving on we found a bat house where the residents had a near cathedral sized darkened area to fly abound in. A nearby building houses piranhas, poison dart frogs, scorpions and more. At lunchtime there was quite a long queue at the cafeteria (the clue being that it was lunchtime, so fair enough) and that was the only slightly pesky part of the day. After lunch we walked round the further reaches of the park and saw wolves, giraffes, lions, zebras, camels, rhinos, flamingos and more. It was a fantastic day out with far more to see than we expected to see and I really have been banging on about it ever since to anyone who will listen!

1  Thank Saint_Ignatius
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

This was the 2nd time we've visited this park & it was a very sunny day which made it even better its nice to walk round looking at the animals. the food is reasonable & there were long queues for food when we were there, there is a little train if you do not want to walk around. The variety of animals is very good.

Thank Neil1953
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We had a lovely day at Cotswold wildlife park.
There are plenty of picnic areas plenty of drink and ice cream kiosks and a lovely restaurant.
It is well organised for all ages and abilities.
Plenty of disabled parking and wheelchair hire if needed.
All routes are pushchair and wheel chair friendly.
We'll written descriptions of animals and there habitat and diet and maps around the park to point you in the right direction.There is a train that goes around the park but it is a pound extra charge which I personally thought was a bit mean considering what you pay to get in but it's personal .There is a children's play area and petting corner and animal feeding times are well displayed.All in all a great day out.

Thank Julie N
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Very well kept grounds, animal enclosures clean and well kept. Lots of variety of animals. Great value for money (£14.50 adults £10 children unders 3's free) all money goes to the upkeep of the animals & gardens. it rained on us but can't help the weather. If you get a sunny day would make an amazing day trip for the kids. Mine (3 boys aged 4, 2 & 8 months) loved it!
Train ride is £1 each and restaurant/cafe around £7-8 each meal. Kids play area with a carouselle 80p each ride. We enjoyed the day and the animals who all seemed happy and well looked after, would defiantly visit again. FAB!!

Thank R30XAN
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