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Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Burford
(4.7/5 based on 2,200+ 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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  • We went for the first time this year. It was amazing, there's a really good range of animals and the grounds are beautiful. The coffee shop is lovely and not too expensive. There's a big play area for...  more »
  • Went with my wife, baby and two year old daughter and had a fantastic time! Highlights include the brilliant giraffe enclosure, close-up view of the penguins and the goats in the petting zoo. There's ...  more »
  • Wow wow wow. Loved this place. You can tell the staff are so dedicated to the animals it's lovely to see. And I took my little dog who loved it too. I recommend to go on winter when it's much quieter. 
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  • We went there all the way from London on a rainy day but it didn't stop as to enjoy it! Fantastic place. Nice playground. Active animals and lots of them. We took train ride too. Just Amazing! Probably we would enjoy it more if it wouldn't rain.
  • Excellent day out for young and old alike. Beautiful garden's, good variety of animals of all shapes and sizes. Flat and well maintained paths with numerous benches for easy walking, or you can take the train for a trip around the grounds. With café and kiosks there is no shortage of refreshments, recommended for all the family, take a camera. You can check out our photographs at www.lifeaftersixty.co.uk
  • The adventure playground practically makes entry worth while alone. But the animals are great and all look well cared for. Only the penguins looked a little sad. The flower planting in the borders all around the grounds was stunning in late October.
  • This place is great. I have been here multiple times and my family love it (wife and 2 kids) The kids play area is good and can keep them entertained for some time. Loads of areas for picnics or just sitting and taking in the views. The value for price is great and have no issue paying the cost. Animals are mostly easy to view and the enclosures provide great space. The park is substantial and takes some time to walk through (as long as your look at everything) and the train ride is great for when little legs get tired. Paths are well laid out and pushchairs/wheelchairs can get around without issue. The only letdown is the hot food. It is cooked and kept on hot plates. It taste cheap and if you are lucky is lukewarm and costly, take you own food and you will have no issues. Great day out, get there early because it will take most of a day to see it all, take your own food to save disappointment.
  • Great day out for grand parents and grand children alike, great garden with unusual looking plants interspersed with animals that will delight, a great playground with the kind of unusual features like a vertical slide that have the kids going round and round to slide down again and to finish off a ride round the park on a narrow gauge train (diesel steam look a like, so not quite perfect for granddad but the kids don't care). Great day out. Kids 2-7, grand parents old.