Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre

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Cotebrook, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9DS

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About Us

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£10.50 per ticket
Concession£9.50 per ticket
Child£8.50 per ticket
(2+2)£33.00 per ticket
Under 3Free

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

Opening Times

All year, 2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
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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    Recent Reviews:

    • Markrp64
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Family Day Out Half Term.
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 2nd June 2021
      Been here a few times over the years, it’s a hidden gem, my two sons and their friends love it every time we go there. Weather does help when it is sunny as you’ll need wellies if it has been raining. Read full review
    • 455SueH
      Skipton, United Kingdom
      Super Shire Horses
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 2nd July 2021
      Have loved horses for a long time so when I managed to find out about Cotebrook online it became a place I had to visit. Prebooked tickets online via website - a straightforward experience. Staff... Read full review
    • Traveler32035979042
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Amazing!
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 9th July 2021
      I've been visiting for around a decade and I have had lovely experiences. Staff are lovely, horses, etc. It is wonderful to learn more about these fascinating creatures. Alistar is always ready to... 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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