Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre

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Cotebrook, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9DS

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Three times Winner of Cheshire's “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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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£11.00 per ticket
Concession£10.00 per ticket
Child£9.00 per ticket
(2+2)£37.00 per ticket
Under 3Free

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

All year, 2022 (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00*

* Open from 10 am, last entry 4pm. Closed Christmas day and Boxing day.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Directions

Road Directions

Located on the A49, 2 miles north of Tarporley.

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  • Very Good
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  • Average
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Recent Reviews:

  • Big_Jeff_Leo
    St Helens, United Kingdom
    More than just the horses!
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 10th June 2022
    Having been here a few times we called again having heard of the birth of a new foal which was only 2 days old! The centre has other animals to learn about and the walks are pleasant around the site... Read full review
  • boyd1952
    Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Amazing
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th June 2022
    Where to start. A very warm welcome at the pay desk everything explained. Ticket allows you months free entry good for locals. Staff very friendly & so knowledgeable. Not just horses Joe did a feed... Read full review
  • Fraggle45
    Shropshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    An unbelievable treat!
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 28th June 2022
    Had the most fantastic day. My daughter had an experience day for her birthday. Joe, who facilitated our day, couldn’t of been more informative. The horses are incredible! Great place, couldn’t... Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Facility for service dogs
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Some Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors 
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Groups Accepted
  • Special group rates - 10% discount for pre booked groups of 10 or more people.
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • In countryside
  • Marketing Cheshire Member
  • Outdoor Attraction

Target Markets

  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

Contact Us

Tel: 01829 760506

Tel: 01829 760506

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