Today I have and exciting treat for the travel bug in you. I recently visited the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens in Burford and had a lovely time there with my family, so I thought of sharing my experience with all of you who love to travel and visit hidden gems rather than the overly crowded tourist spots.
Everyone loves taking trips to major destinations like London, Scotland or Oxford when it comes to visit United Kingdom, often visiting mainstream spots like the London Eye, Madam Tussauds, the Buckingham palace and other such popular places. However, UK has a lot more to offer than these traditional destinations. Through my blog I aim to showcase the eccentric but real and culturally rich English destinations on my blog, because UK as a country is full of beautiful places to see.
The Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens showcases over 260 different species of animals and is the biggest privately owned zoological collection with most extravagant gardens in Burford, Oxfordshire, England. The park is set in 160 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens, and is located 2 miles south of Burford on the A361.
The wildlife park and the gardens have something for every age group. It has several exciting exhibits like; The reptile house, Madagascar, the Walled Garden, The wood walk, Tropical House, Train, Adventure playground, and Bat House among a few other attractions.
Nestled in Cotworld, the park is surrounded by serene beauty. The drive to the location is really pleasant and filled with natural beauty, since it is located away from the hustle and bustle of city lights. It’s a great place to spend the weekend with family or spouse, and have a picnic in the midst of nature. The best part about this place is that it is not a proper zoo. The animals are kept in lovely enclosures which were well maintained and clean with plenty of space for them to move around. The walk around the attractions is exquisite and you can get up close to the animals.
You can see Turtles, Rhinos, Lions, Giraffes, Zebras and other magnificent creatures. The giraffe enclosure has a ramp, where you can walk up and be at eye level with the animal. The farm animal section is also lovely and reminds me of old countryside farms. The park also has a nice play area for the kids with a small helter skelter. I decided to let the child in me out and enjoy the ride, it was probably my first time on such a ride and I was scared to death. But enjoyed none the less, also I love mini trains as it always reminds me of my childhood days. The park has an entrance fee of £ 15 for adults, which is reasonable for the experience they provide.
Overall, I had a really positive experience and would recommend anyone visiting UK to spend a nice sunny day having a picnic in Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens.
Have you ever visited any eccentric places in UK? Let me know in the comments below.
And travel bugs, stay tuned as next on my list is to visit Burton on Water.