Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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 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. The glorious garden make a beautiful backdrop to the animals.
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  • Louis C
    Dartford, United Kingdom15 contributions
    Good attraction in the Cotswolds
    Enjoyed our day out at the wildlife park and gardens. In total we spent about three hours there although if it had been nicer weather and all attractions were fully open then we would have stayed longer. Some attractions were closed due to Covid-19, which was a shame, although the reduced ticket price reflected this reduction in activities, which we thought was fair. One standout feature of this zoo was how close we could get to the animals, namely the penguins and meerkats which were in arms’ length to us. The grounds and gardens were also a nice feature. As others have mentioned, the zoo tried to enforce social distancing, reminding guests to stay 1m+ apart and form socially distanced queues, although unfortunately some people chose to ignore these guidelines.
    Visited August 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2020
  • Realistic Travellers
    Northampton, United Kingdom589 contributions
    Excellent Wildlife park with good Covid19 awareness
    Visited the park with our dog (as most places allowed you to take them as long as on a lead - apart from in the in door areas & 1 enclosed outdoor place) Good variety of animals to see in open spaces so you are able to keep a safe distance from others but still get close to the animals. Afew areas closed due to covid19 but nothing that detracted from our visit. Price of £14.40 online booking (which is a must the day before) and a booklet of £2.50 (inc good map) was very reasonable price. Only NEGATIVE - considering you have to book online the day before, they would have a good idea of numbers attending but they had run out of sandwiches at before 1pm and big queues at the main restaurant point (others were quieter but had run out of other hot food too). overall well run park with plenty of green space for a picnic if required. Please give me a 'like' if this was helpful, thanks.
    Visited August 2020
    Written August 27, 2020
  • Bethany
    Fes, Morocco52 contributions
    A lovely day out
    Booked 2 days in advance with no problem and I thought the ticket prices were very reasonable as we spent the whole day there. It was relatively easy to find by car and parking was free. The wildlife park was absolutely beautiful; the gardens were so well-kept and it was amazing to be able to get so close to the animals, especially the rhinos. However I felt like some of the enclosures seemed a bit too small for the animals, which was disheartening. The train ride was closed due to COVID and a few enclosures were empty, but this didn’t really affect the day. I would recommend bringing your own food as the restaurant seemed a little pricey and there’s plenty of picnic spots throughout the park. It’s the perfect place to bring children and overall it was a lovely way to spend a summer’s day.
    Visited May 2021
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 27, 2021
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Zoe B
London4 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
We’re visiting the Cotswolds at the moment and, having fond memories of a lovely day out here several years ago, we thought we’d make a return visit today with our toddler.

The setting and gardens are still beautiful and well maintained and the animals well kept, but unfortunately the atmosphere sadly couldn’t be more different from the last time we visited. I understand that reopening after the Covid lockdown has been a feat in itself, and that a fine balance has to be struck between caution and normality, but the restrictions now in place seem to disproportionately affect the enjoyment of families and young children.

We were disappointed that the train ride, a major selling point for us, is still closed, as is the children’s playground. We have visited several similar attractions since lockdown ended, and all had their train rides running, so I’m not sure why this seems impossible here. Since outdoor playgrounds are now accepted to be pretty low-risk environments, we struggled to understand why this too remains out of bounds.

Essentially all there is to do now is observe the animals themselves, which is clearly fine for us as adults, but without the train our two-year-old struggled with the distances between the enclosures and absence of any ‘extras’ such as keeper talks, petting zoo and so on.

We were also disappointed that new Covid measures at the kiosk apparently meant that the coffee had to be shoved under a lowered screen by a gloved hand, with no interaction whatsoever with the member of staff serving us. It felt, to some extent, that staff here were somewhat fearful of visitors, although the keepers we saw around the park itself were generally much more friendly and cheerful.

I’m reluctant to leave a poor review as we had such a lovely visit last time, but it made us sad that children now seem somewhat persona non grata at many of the places that used to welcome them. We’d have been more satisfied had a reduced rate been given, but to charge full price for something that is clearly not operating at its full potential is somewhat galling.
Written September 15, 2020
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Corrina W
MK3 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We visited on Bank Holiday Monday as we had an experience voucher booked for our son. We were unable to secure tickets via the booking system, but we're able to pay at the gate. However, this meant we paid more than those able to obtain tickets via the new ticket system.

We made good time on our journey, so arrived 25 minutes before official park opening, but we're pleasantly surprised that cars started to go through at 9:45. We parked up as directed, with good spacing between cars to allow for social distancing. However, upon returning to the car to get our picnic, it was clear social distancing had been abandoned and the spaces we're now filled and parking tight!

Apparently the park is operating at reduced capacity of 30%. Having visited during a busy summer holiday previously, I'd say the crowd level was no different and social distancing amongst many of the enclosures was non-exsistent. At one point, I was having the hold my children's hands tight to navigate them through the crowds on the lawn outside the restaurant and zebras.

Whilst measures are in place, such as a one in/one out policy for the shop, closed restaurant and play area, these seen utterly pointless and over the top, when social distancing can't be maintained throughout the park.

We've visited other wildlife parks since reopening with Covid restrictions in place and I'm sad to say Cotswold Wildlife Park haven't got it right. We will be avoiding in the future, which is a shame as it's somewhere we've always recommended in the past.
Written September 1, 2020
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amazonflash
Southampton, UK275 contributions
Jul 2020
We have visited this park before and had great times so we decided to go again once they had set up for Covid with a new advance booking system. They recommended avoiding the 10.00 rush on the website so we arrived at 11.15. The cars were spaced in the parking zone and the queue at the entrance was short, but we were surprised at the numbers admitted. Unfortunately the scrum to get in with loads of families with buggies goes through a narrow zone where there is a kiosk and toilets as well as animal exhibits so it certainly did not feel safe or spaced there and most families seemed to be oblivious of the crowds. We felt the use of an extra entrance or more of a managed/queueing system would have helped this. The toilets seemed clean although we felt they should have turned the hand dryers off to avoid blowing germs around. After that the crowds lingered at more exhibits and we dashed through into the vast open space that is the trademark of this park. Here it seemed hundreds of families had already settled for picnics but there is plenty of space so this is not a problem. After that we could relax and enjoy this wondrous place. They only other time we felt at risk was in the indoor exhibits for insects and reptiles where there was no-one controlling the flow of people and lingering at windows to look, which is only natural, caused crowding. Maybe they could make masks compulsory inside these?Otherwise the gardens are stunning as usual and most of the creatures were available to enjoy. We were sad but actually glad the tropical house was closed. We are sad to see this lovely place handling the crisis so badly even if the prices are down. We hope it can listen to the reviews here and make significant improvements soon. For visitors, perhaps visiting here after lunch would be a better option. We stayed until they closed and actually as the afternoon wore on with less and less people round it was absolute bliss.
Written July 19, 2020
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5 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Sadly not a great family day we were expecting. When we arrived. After an hour of walking around the zoo it became far too dangerous for us to continue looking around. There were hundreds of people and no practicing of social distancing at all. When we booked it says on website it allows in about 30% capacity to keep staff and visitors safe. Absolutely no way was the amount of guests at 30% more like 130%. Im afraid it ruined our day out and left feeling disappointed. Please for the sake of everyone please limit admissions. once at capacity please turn people away
Written July 13, 2020
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Good afternoon. We appreciate you getting in touch. Please contact us via email, enquiries@cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk, so we can reply to your message. Many thanks
Written July 15, 2020
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OxonBarbs
Witney, UK55 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
So happy that this place has been able to reopen at last. Couldn’t understand how Burford Garden Centre with far less space could remain open whilst the Wildlife Park had to remain shut? We have annual passes ( great value if you visit frequently) and this has been our ‘go to’ with our young grandchildren who we regularly look after for the past 3 - 4years. It never fails to impress or satisfy. The grounds are always immaculate with plenty of space to keep socially distanced. You could tell how hard staff have worked during lockdown because the gardens and surroundings looked beautiful. The wide variety of animals look well housed and well cared for. We always take a picnic with us as there are plenty of picnic benches, some uncover areas too. Food and drinks there are expensive to purchase and at the moment the queues for food and drinks are horrendous. The children’s play area has now reopened (save for the sandpit). But whilst the children love it, it’s difficult for us to manage as there are several exit points for one piece of equipment and it’s hard to keep track of younger children. Little train still isn’t running, but there’s so much to see and do it doesn’t matter. The only disappointing thing we consistently find is that the staff seem reluctant to engage with anyone. But in all, it’s a fabulous day out for all the family.
Written May 11, 2021
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nessief
Worcester, UK1,049 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
We went here for a family get together the day before the new rules of 6 people gathering together came in. The lovely weather was a bonus. It was easy to buy tickets online and we felt that we received good value for money.
We were impressed with the tidiness and cleanliness in general and at the food/drink outlets good Covid precautions were evident.
The animals, birds and reptiles seemed happy and contented more so than in a conventional zoo.
The gardens are spectacular!
Most visitors were being Covid aware as were staff. The animal keepers and staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. The other staff at the entrance and kiosks not as much but ok. Would definitely return.
Written September 20, 2020
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Lisa D
Isle of Wight, UK89 contributions
Jun 2020
We carefully planned a visit to our local wildlife park, we had purchased an e-ticket in advance, unfortunately we were unable to visit on the Friday due to bad weather so we went along on the Saturday 20th of June, after emailing to clarify if we would be able to enter as their capacity would only be 3,500 & ringing the park, the advice was to arrive at 10am and you will have no problem. On arrival, we were immediately in traffic queue after the Burford roundabout, on approach to the gates I asked when 30% of visitors has been reached will you stop letting people in, yes was the answer.
Unfortunately I have never experienced it as busy on previous visits, hoards of people, they never stopped any more cars entering, no arrows for a one way system round the main park, social distancing impossible and only glimpses of the animals. It became very stressful and we left at 1.30. After really looking forward to our 1st day out in 3 months and wanting to support a local animal business it was very disappointing.
I have emailed the park twice this week, messenger and commented on their FB page and receiving No Response from 4 different ways of communication, I am very disappointed. We were desperate to help support businesses such as this and I would have thought that customer care might be top of the agenda but clearly not! I understand you need funds but after the visit and no response to me, this week Birdland got our pennies and wow, totally the opposite...
Written June 26, 2020
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Hi, we appreciate you getting in touch. Please contact us via email, enquiries@cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk, so we can reply to your message. Many Thanks.
Written June 30, 2020
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DrewandJo
Milton keynes7 contributions
Aug 2020
We visited the park on Saturday 8th August as we had booked tickets for the Giraffe experience. The park itself is located within some fantastic grounds and surrounded by gorgeous country side and with the exceptional weather it made for a fantastic visit.
The Giraffe experience was worth every penny and unlike some places where there are lots of people feeding at the same time, here it was just us the keeper and the two Giraffes. Our keeper was great and she was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable when it came to answering our questions and she genuinely seemed to love her job ( I only wish that i could remember her name but the management would know so please pass on our thanks )
The experience itself wasn't rushed and we had plenty of food and time to feed the Giraffes which was good as they never seem to tire from eating. The experience was finished off with a look around their accommodation before being handed a gift pack (which incidentally you do not receive at London Zoo)
We were also lucky enough to see the brand new baby Rhino which was very special.
All in all a fantastic day!
Written August 10, 2020
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MTB100
London, UK41 contributions
Sep 2021
Had a lovely long afternoon strolling throughout the gardens and wildlife park. The grounds are so beautiful and all the animals seem to be in spacious enclosures & well cared for.
It actually felt as if you were seeing some of the larger animals, especially the rhinos, in the 'cotswold wild' as the enclosures are cleverly designed to minimise the use of big fences.
Recommend not missing the rhinos, giraffes, anteaters, giant tortoises and leaving enough time to wander around all the many small animal enclosures within the stunning walled garden, including the tropical house, lemurs & penguins.
The only slight negative is the price of the food in the cafe restaurant, but if you take your own food then it's a fabulous day out, especially on a sunny, mid-week day :)
Book at least a day in advance online for the best entry prices & leave 3-4 hours to cover all the animals.
Written September 15, 2021
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BROOK01016
Horsham, UK13 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
This place is well worth a visit. They have a great range of animals to see and the park is beautiful.
It's very fairly priced in my opinion
We probably saw all the animals in about 2 hours
There's lots of places to set up, if you wanted to bring a picnic. On the day we visited (sunday) the restaurant queue was Very long.
There are lots of loos dotted around site

I do agree with other reviews, in that the covid measures aren't really seen or enforced. There is hand sanitizer about but the place would benefit from more of a staff presence to encourage those who 'forget ' what social distancing is. It could maybe benefit from staggered entrance timings, like the national trust properties.
Written September 20, 2020
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