The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
According to my mum, we used to go to The Cotswold Wildlife Park frequently when I was a child, and according to my Grampy I used to insist on the reptile house first to see the “gwanas” (iguanas). I don’t remember! The earliest memory I have of here is from near my 21st birthday when I visited with my mum and auntie.
Seems likely though as my favourite part of the park as an adult, except for the penguins (obviously) are the reptiles and insects.
The last time I came here was with my sister and Ryan and, according to TimeHop and Facebook On This Day, was on the 15th February 2015 (exactly two years ago today!). I think it’s about time for another visit to the park. 😉
The park’s other animals include giraffes, zebras, rhinos, lions, leopards, tapirs, wolves, meerkats and a vast selection of birds. There is also a farm animal area where you are able to stroke, feed or handle some of the animals. Read the signs to find out which ones can be fed or handled.
The park offers various talks and animal feeds throughout the day and you can also get involved by being a keeper for a day.
There is a small train that runs through the park and we’ve gone on other every time, that I can recall. You have to pay extra for this (£1 per adult and 50p per child), it’s worth it and gives you a tour around the park.
There are many picnic areas and benches around the park as well as a restaurant/cafe with a wide range of cakes, snacks, hot food and hot and cold drinks to enjoy. If you look in the left hand corner of the restaurant there is another animal enclosure. There are plenty of toilets dotted around and dogs are allowed in most areas as long as they’re kept on a lead.
The gift shop is reasonably priced, with gifts ranging from magnets, stuffed animals, tshirts, bric-a-brac etc. I own a magnet, keyring, postcard and have had stuffed animals too. When I visited with my auntie she bought one of the wolf tshirts.
I’d highly recommend the Cotswold Wildlife Park, with its large grounds, picturesque enclosures and the manor house. Make sure to have your camera ready. 🙂 📷
April to October
10.00am to 6.00pm
Last admission 4.00pm
November to March
10.00am to 5.00pm (or dusk)
Last admission 3.30pm