Cotswold Wildlife Park Review

giraffesIt may not exactly be that local to Stourton and Cherington but it is well worth the 20 mile drive to visit The Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Myself, Lucy, Tom and Granny set of from The White Cottage at 10:30 on Thursday morning and arrived at the park just after 11:00

Hardly any queuing to get in to the car park and the cars weren’t closely packed in like you sometimes get.

We bought a guide book as we paid to get in and wandered across a lovely lawn down to see the giraffes.

The nice thing about The Cotswold Wildlife Park is it is compact but not crammed, the layout is perfect to just stroll around without missing a thing.

meerkat

After the giraffes we saw the ever popular meerkats, camels, leopards and lions before wandering past the zebras to see the rhinos.

We were just about getting peckish by then so walked past the red pandas to get to the Oak Tree Restaurant.

Again, very little queuing, nice friendly staff, good food which was not that expensive (one thing I would recommend though is that you take your own drink, £1.30 for a small beaker of Pepsi was a bit on the steep side)

playground

After a nice lunch we visited the gibbons and the invertebrate house where we saw creepy crawlies including tarantulas and enormous millipedes – yuk!

The kids were then of to the very nice adventure playground where they had great fun playing on the lovely wooden climbing frames and slides set in a nice shady woodland area.

 
goat kids
We then decided to visit the children’s farmyard where we saw chickens, pigs, donkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs and the kids especially enjoyed petting the goats.

We decided against walking though the anteaters, storks, flamingos, cranes and waterfowl areas and instead decided to head to the miniature train that drove alongside them anyway.

trainIf there is one thing you must do at The Cotswold Wildlife Park it’s have a ride on the 2ft narrow gauge railway train, at just £1.00 per person the 10 – 15 minute trip around the park is worth every penny.

After the train we all had an ice cream and headed for the Walled Garden which is a trip on its own.

Penguins and tropical birds, mongooses, prairie dogs, small primates, a Madagascar area with Lemurs, and the star of the day, the wonderful Oriental small-clawed otters.

Otters

After the walled garden was the gift shop with surpisingly well priced and nice gifts.

All in all it really was a great day out at The Cotswold Wildlife Park and I thouroughly recommend it.

Further information about the area surrounding The White Cottage and things to see and do can be found on our Local Area Page

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