Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
“Surrounding a listed Gothic-style manor house, see different animals from around the world” - AA Inspector
This 120-acre landscaped zoological park contains more than 260 different animal species, and surrounds a listed Gothic-style manor house. The collection includes animals from all over the world, many of which are endangered, such as Asiatic lions, white rhinos and red pandas. Visit the reptiles, hide away in the bat or insect houses, spot the sloths or walk through the lemur enclosure. There's a large adventure playground, a children's farmyard, and train rides (train runs Apr-Oct). There are birds of prey demonstrations every weekend in August. Get 'eye-to-eye' with the giraffes on the walkway, and watch lemur and penguin feeding times (lemur 12pm, penguins 11am & 3pm). The park has also become one of the Cotswolds' leading attractions for garden enthusiasts, with its exotic summer displays and varied plantings offering interest all year.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Parking, free hire of wheelchairs, access to train, changing places toilet
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily from 10 (last admission 4 Mar-Sep, 3.30 Oct-Feb). Closed 25 Dec
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About the area
Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.
The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.
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