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Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre

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Eaton Lane, Cotebrook CW6 9DP, England
+44 1829 760506
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Very disappointing

The entrance appears quite professional but as soon as you enter the main area where the animals... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Mary190735
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Colchester, United Kingdom
Caged animals are soooo depressing

The caged animals seemed very neglected. The cages were very old, dirty and rundown. There was a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sandra D
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Three times Winner of Cheshires "Visitor Attraction of the Year", Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre is set in 50 acres in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, and offers everything for the perfect day out. Home of the internationally renowned Cotebrook Shire Horse Stud, Alistair King has been breeding champion Shires there for nearly 50 years and they form the centrepiece of the Centre with up to 25 horses at any time for you to meet. At Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre there is lots to see and do to make your visit interesting and enjoyable. You can learn all about the Shire horse, from its history carrying knights in armour to the important studwork today, ensuring the future of this magnificent breed. There is an opportunity to meet the horses up close and Alistair does regular talks with a personal introduction to his Shires. As well as the fabulous Shire horses there is a selection of British animals and birdlife both wild and domesticated including rare breeds. You can wander around the mile long Nature Trail to meet the horses further afield, explore the Wildlife Watch Trail, browse around the gift shop with its unique country gifts and souvenirs, then visit the Lakeside Cafe which offers light lunches and cream teas. Every spring there is FOAL WATCH which is a video diary of each mare in the weeks and days before she foals. Foal Watch then follows the foals as they grow and explore their new world. Alistair also offers Shire Horse Experience Days, as featured on BBC1, where you can learn all about preparing a shire for the show ring or explore various aspects of studwork. A warm welcome is assured all year around, closing only on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
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  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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Eaton Lane, Cotebrook CW6 9DP, England
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"nature trail"
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"running free"
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"these gentle giants"
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"these magnificent animals"
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"golden oldies"
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"red fox"
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"cafe staff"
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"interesting talk"
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"feeding the chickens"
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"love horses"
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"small animals"
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"cafe and gift shop"
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"lovely visit"
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"lovely afternoon"
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"couple of hours"
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"lovely cafe"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The entrance appears quite professional but as soon as you enter the main area where the animals are it is just a mess! All the enclosures looked dirty and rundown, I would even question whether the animals are looked after properly. We struggled to spend...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The caged animals seemed very neglected. The cages were very old, dirty and rundown. There was a red fox in a cage and it looked like it hadn't been cleaned out in weeks. Heartbreaking The children's play ground was closed and over grown. The horses...More

Thank Sandra D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here today with our 2 children. Free parking onsite cafe very reasonable prices. Staff are very welcoming and friendly. So much to do and we didn't have time to complete everything. As well as the shire horses there are 2 nature walks that you...More

Thank Robin D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a working shire horse stud farm, it's great for horse lovers. There is a fabulous cafe onsite and a lovely woodland trail. Most areas are wheelchair accessible and the talk by Alistair is very informative. Highly recommend this for a visit.

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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

We generally love horses anyway but the place is something special the beautiful walks and grounds are great. Other animals to see. But the star attractions are obviously the stunning shire horses. If you go at this time of year you will also get to...More

Thank Gail S
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Reviewed May 8, 2018

Lots to discover about this specialist breed of championship shire horses. Younger children will not be disappointed as there is also lots do. There is a short walk around the fields outside to see these magnificent animals peacefully grazing. Throughout the day we found there...More

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Reviewed May 6, 2018

We have driven passed here on many occasions and always said we would visit and at last we have and we had a lovely time and would highly reccomend it

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Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

Another lovely visit to Cotebrook today, and what a wonderful little surprise to see the 3day old foal. Was nice in the sun as freezing on last visit a few weeks back. But whatever the weather, always love a day out here. Such friendly shires!...More

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Reviewed March 26, 2018 via mobile

Staying in Alveston and looking for places to visit. I would recommend to anyone even if hey not horse lovers to spend some time hear. They have a cafe and gift shop at the entrance, but for me walking around looking at animals was the...More

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Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

Good attraction, we have horses ourselves and felt these horses were well looked after if anyone is wondering. It was good for little ones being able to brush the shetland pony. Having the ducks, chickens, pigs etc was an added bonus. What let the place...More

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Janet K, Owner at Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2018

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We would like to first send our apologies for the incident regarding the delivery of your food. We have spoken to the staff and don't believe this was intentional, but will do everything we...More

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Joy P
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We are open 10am to 5pm every day all year around (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) Senior citizens are £7.50 and children aged four and over are £6.50. Your tickets will be valid for free return visits for a month. We... More
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