Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre

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Cotebrook, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9DS

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Set in 50 acres in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre and Stud Farm offers everything for the perfect day out.

Home of the internationally renowned Cotebrook Shire Horse Stud, the King family have been breeding Champion Shires here for over 50 years and they form the centrepiece of the Centre with up to 30 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 there are regular talks with a personal introduction to some of the 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 various trails to meet the horses further afield, explore the Wildlife Watch Trail and Woodland area, 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 follows each mare in the weeks and days before she foals. Foal Watch then follows the foals as they grow and explore their new world.

We also offer Shire Horse Experience Days, as featured on BBC1, where our aim is to give people the chance to get a taste for what life is like looking after our amazing Shire horses.

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£11.50 per ticket
Concession£10.50 per ticket
Child£9.50 per ticket
(2+2)£39.00 per ticket
Under 3Free

Free return visits for a month.

Opening Times

All year, 2024 (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
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

Special Offers

  • Become a member

    Enjoy these benefits by becoing a member:

    - Unlimited free visits
    - Complimentary Cotebrook Pen
    - 10% discount in our Gift Shop both instore and online
    - 10% discount in the Lakeside Cafe
    - Special offers exclusive to members
    - We are open all year around
    - See the seasons change as young are born and grow
    - Valid for 12 months
    - An Annual Membership would make a great gift for someone special in your life

    Children under the age of three are free.

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Road Directions

Located on the A49, 2 miles north of Tarporley.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Lisa W
      So much more than just Shire Horses
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 24th October 2023
      Absolutely amazing, friendly staff especially the keeper unfortunately forgot to ask her name, would highly recommend a visit set out beautifully. Read full review
    • Aby C
      A great day out!
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 21st December 2023
      Lovely place to visit all year round. Great walks for all abilities, lots of animals & horses to see. The Lakeside cafe serves lovely snack food & food is always delivered with a smile even at busy... Read full review
    • Amanda G
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Surprise day out
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 18th February 2024
      A surpise day out with our daughter and grandaughter. This is a lovely place to visit with animals and birds galre. The horses are fab. Lots for children to do with a quiz on the trail and a prize at... Read full review



    • 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


    • On-Site café/restaurant
    • Picnic Site

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (free)

    Payment Methods

    • American Express accepted
    • Groups Accepted
    • Special group rates - Special group rates for pre booked groups of 15 or more
    • 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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