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Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Burford

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web
Home to over 260 different animal species, Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens stands as the most diverse privately owned zoo in the UK. Here you can explore 65 hectares (160 acres) of exhibits. The aviary houses include a Humboldt penguin enclosure and the Tropical House, containing lush vegetation, colorful birds, and free-roaming sloths. Head through Woodland Walk to see South American species, such as the giant anteater and Brazilian tapir. In other exhibits, spot Asiatic lions, white rhinoceroses, zebras, and giraffes. As you make your way around the premises, take time to admire the many exotic plantings in the various gardens. Make sure you also leave time to ride the narrow-gauge railway, which is just under 1.6 km (1 mi) and passes California redwood trees and giant rhubarbs. Book your zoo admission ticket online to avoid waiting in line at the entrance. For Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens and beyond, use our Burford trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Burford vacation.
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  • This brilliant wildlife park is currently full of "new arrivals" with babies everywhere. The new 3 baby lions are beautiful, as is the new camel baby and there are so many other new arrivals everywher...  read more »
  • Even though the car park is packed you'll never feel cramped here as there is so much space. Enjoyed the petting area.(pigs/goats) The kids play area has grown since we were last there. We took a pack...  read more »
  • It's an absolute amazing experience, expecially for kids as there are so many activities available for them. The most emotional moment for me has been meeting the giraffes because you can be really cl...  read more »
  • A brilliant wildlife experience that can easily take up the whole day with lunch. The park is massive with so many different animals that you can actually see close up (including crocodiles, wolves, lions, snakes etc). + The wildlife staff were pretty informative and helpful (especially birds of prey staff) + Variety of animals + It only cost £15 which isnt much considering you spend the whole day there + Cooked lunches were tasty and not overboard pricey + You feel that the animals are treated well (good size enclosures etc)
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens is a wonderful place to spend some quality family time. The place itself is huge and comes with a huge car parking facility too- you can be sure of finding a space. I went there on May bank holiday and it was buzzing people. The park opens at 10am and people tend to get there early as there's so much to see. The £1 nice rail journey will take you around the sites of most big animals. You do have explore around to see the king of jungle, snakes, crocodiles, dolphins, insects and many other known and unheard creatures. The park has invested so much in trying to make the surrounding as natural as possible for the animals. If you are brave enough, do go through the beautiful forest- they even make it rain at times! The greenery around the park will make you feel at ease. There are trees that are so tall, those that are small and those that are from other parts of the world.
  • Really nice place to visit in summer. Relaxed, spacious. Animals seem mostly calm and happy and there are a nice range of species. Enclosures seem good, large number are open with ditches as opposed to having large fences but signage and route is a little lacking. There were only two wolves but the red pandas were adorable and the small reptile and other houses were very good, although quite loud, would have liked to see this being enforced better as some of the reptiles seemed uncomfortable.
  • Marvelous visit, very reasonable entry cost, free parking and dogs allowed in most areas on a short lead which is a big plus. The grounds, garden and lawns are perfectly maintained, animals are clearly very healthy and happy. The food is not at all overpriced, this place is a great example of a well run zoo and visitor attraction.
  • A good day out. But I would take a picnic as we found the food expensive in the coffee shop and the coffee is not nice. So take a flask. Great for your children to learn about animals and birds. Beautiful gardens and accessible clean toilets. Parking is good and there is an outdoor play area.
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