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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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A must visit

A very relaxing visit. We started from the café and when we got outside we were greeted by peacocks... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
A lovely surprise!

After meaning to visit for some time, we did and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Really enjoyable... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
Christine E
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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“nature trail” (23 reviews)
“wild cats” (9 reviews)
“running free” (3 reviews)
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Eaton Lane, Cotebrook CW6 9DP, England
+44 1829 760506
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very relaxing visit. We started from the café and when we got outside we were greeted by peacocks and chickens. On to the barns where we saw 5 mares in foal. Dave told us all about them. We went to see the otters and...More

Thank TravelhappyEngland
Reviewed 8 September 2017

After meaning to visit for some time, we did and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Really enjoyable, very interesting & informative talk by the owner in the barn seated on straw bales. Beautiful shire horses, so impressive. Arrived just in time to see otters & polecats...More

Thank Christine E
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Visited for the first time today. Spent an hour walking the nature trail. £8 per adult is fine if you live locally and visit for free during the following month. However for a one off visit a bit too much for what you can see...More

Thank Ian C
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We love this place. There seems to be one chap doing everything! There is a photo of him in one of the stables, stood with Charles and Camilla, so I'm assuming he's the owner!! The kids really love going here as there is room to...More

Thank charlieandy s
Reviewed 31 August 2017

My family had a great day out at the centre. There is free parking and they have a car park and an overflow car park so plenty of space. We had only been there for 30 minutes and the heavens opened but that didnt dampen...More

Thank Barbara140716
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Visited here today, wanted to find somewhere to have a walk round with the kids and take their grandmother with us. It's a lovely little place cost us £26 for a family of four (two adults & two children) you could say it's kind of...More

Thank Amy H
Reviewed 15 August 2017

wonderful place for families walks, beautiful horses, good explanation of the horses history. Good food in the cafe

Thank Douglas P
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Visited here in august 2017 with two children aged 4 and 6, and two grandparents came along too. We received a warm welcome from the young lady on the desk and a map. So what's good.... this is a relaxing welcome relief from the noise...More

2  Thank Jill N
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We were passing and decided to call in to the centre. Nice walks round the paddocks containing the horses, we were lucky to have a warm sunny day when we visited. Lots of chickens, ducks and geese, running free, pens with a variety of smaller...More

Thank Sue00do
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

This is a fantastic place to go to with children. There are lots of animals and birds and they have piglet racing too 😀 The price is very reasonable and they sell bags of seed to feed the birds at £1. The staff were friendly...More

Thank Ge0rgia12
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Joy P
30 July 2017|
Response from Janet K | Property representative |
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