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“The children loved seeing the animals - so many of them so close up!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
Ranked #1 of 10 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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Berkshire, UK
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“The children loved seeing the animals - so many of them so close up!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

We visited during February half term, and although the snow had (mostly) melted, I have to say the paths weren't up to much - tall wellies and a change of trousers a requirement. We also saw several cars getting a bit stuck in the mud in the car park. HOWEVER that was really the only downside - there was lots to see, and it felt like the animals were really close up - the enclosures don't make you feel like there are lots of fences etc in the way. We loved walking through the 'Madagascar' exhibit - with lemurs just posing on the railings, and I particularly love the baby crocodiles. We got good views of the lions and the rhinos, and enjoyed watching the varied birds skating on the ice as well as swimming!

There were lots of things to look at all the way round - and I imagine lots of lovely picnic spots in warmer weather. The restaurant food was a bit average, but overall we had a thoroughly enjoyable (if muddy) day!

Visited February 2012
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“Fantastic afternoon spent here - just 4 adults, no children and we all really enjoyed it. It is really well laid out.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

The Giraffe enclosure was fantastic, you can get so close you can actually touch the heads of some of the giraffes from the brilliant viewing platforms.

Visited February 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Great animals, in really good housing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

We visited Cotswold Wildlife Park on a cold February morning with snow still lying on the ground, and even so it was a great place. There was a really wide range of animals, including lions, giraffes, rhino, zebra, monkeys, reptiles and fruit bats and many more. There was also a good sized adventure playground, miniature railway and other attractions for kids when the lure of the animals palled. The only criticism is that it was rather muddy underfoot, but given the recent weather this was to be expected -just be prepared and be ready to 'humpf' your buggy around if it lacks fancy all terrain tires.

Visited February 2012
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Wantage, United Kingdom
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“perfect family day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

to see the animals in relative freedom. loads to see and do. good for a picnic (facilities provided) or if preferred good food outlets. plenty of parking.

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“The zoo for every age group”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

I have never been to a wildlife park which has every age group catered for. The setting and the planting is fantastic, not sure about the 'cats' though.

I love this park and go at every opportunity. But I would rather eat the food for the monkeys (fruits and nuts) than what is on sale in the restaurant.

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