We’re very lucky to live close to a Wildlife park which is situated in Burford which is about a 40minutes run from Cheltenham. As a child I remember visiting here very frequently and loved seeing all the exotic animals they have there. I haven’t been in years but recently I discovered they are actually Dog Friendly so of course had to make a visit to test it out for all you pups.
Cotswold Wildlife Park is set around a beautiful Manor House with Over 160 acres of beautiful parkland. They have a really diverse collection of species at the park many of which are actually endangered in the wild. They are passionate about all the animals in their care and love to share their knowledge with anyone who asks.
They allow dogs in most areas but there are a couple of areas you can’t take dogs into such as the Madagascar Walkthrough and there was area with lots of birds that was off limits to dogs as well which was a shame as we missed out on a quite a few species such as the Timber wolf, Flamingo etc…
Unfortunately the buildings with animals inside are also off limits to dogs such as the Giraffe house, reptile house, Bat house but if you have gone with someone else you can take it in turns to go in and see the animals whilst the other waits outside with the dog.
The majority of the park you can take the dog around and they can meet al kinds of animals like Giraffes, Rhinos, Lions, Monkeys, Penguins, Meerkats etc…
Cooper was thankfully very well behaved and only took exception to the monkeys for some reason and decided he was going to “talk” away to them so we left that area pretty quickly. His favourite for sure where the Meerkats (my favourite as well) which he was pretty enamoured by and he was very inquisitive about the penguins although I feel that may have been down to the fish smell emanating from their enclosure.
Personally if I was to go again I would probably take a picnic as the food options weren’t great and as you have to sit outside with the dog anyway a picnic seems like the best solution. The poor food choice may been because it was out of peak season and perhaps they may offer more selection during the summer months.
They’re open every day throughout the year, except Christmas Day, with plenty of FREE car parking.
April to October (British Summer Time)
10.00am – 6.00pm (Last admission 4.00pm)
November to March (GMT)
10.00am – 5.00pm or DUSK (Last admission 3.00pm)
Ticket Prices (on the gate)
Adult – £16.00
Children (0-2 years) – Free
Children (3-16years) – £10.50
Senior citizens (65 and over) – £10.50
There are also E ticket options if you pay online before hand which are slightly cheaper and you can get a Season Ticket Pass online as well.
So what are your thoughts would you fancy a trip with your pup to see all the animals?
If so what’s you favourite animal?
Love Fi & Coops xXx