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Cotebrook Shirehorse Centre

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Cotebrook Shirehorse Centre
Phone: 01829 760506
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Cotebrook Shirehorse Centre is situated near Tarporley approximately 10 miles from Chester. The Centre and Country Park are set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside and as well as up to 30 horses there is a good selection of other animals and birdlife to see.

Access into the centre and around the farmyard is on hard surfaces but manual wheelchair users may require some light assistance. There are informative photographic displays (at a good height and with good sized font) and a video in the exhibition centre. Wheelchair users and those with limited mobility can get close access to the rabbits, chickens, pigs etc and some of the horses in the farmyard area.

On most days informative guided talks about the centre and the horses can be given but please ring beforehand if you wish to ensure this is available.

Please note this is farmland and the outer fields where the majority of the horses including many of the mares and foals are grazing are accessed via grassed paths which have steep inclines in places and can be muddy in wet weather (on our visit the surface was firm despite recent rain but pushing was hard going).

The Lakeside Cafe and shop has good access and can provide light lunches and cream teas however the adjacent Alvanley Arms as it is a 16th century building has limited access and no designated toilets .

Prebooking isn't necessary for wheelchair users however it is advisable for groups, particularly if they would like the informative guided talks which Alistair is happy to do at any time of the week if pre booked.

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  • Designated Disabled car parking (3 spaces adjacent to the entrance)
  • Hard surfaced car park
  • Level/ramped wheelchair access to entrance
  • Level/ramped wheelchair access into venue (ramped)
  • Concessionary fee for wheelchair user
  • Easy access around ground floor/area of site (The farmyard area has ramps and is hard surfaced although some areas are uneven, the fields have uneven grassed paths with some steep inclines and manual wheelchair users will require a very fit and able pusher to negotiate them)
  • Wheelchair access to gardens/grounds


  • Wheelchair accessible toilet/toilets (good size)
  • Grab rails in toilet
  • Easy access to wash basin
  • easy access to hand dryer/towels
  • Wheelchair turning space in accessible toilet
  • Space for right transfer to toilet
  • Room for carer/carers in accessible toilet


  • Level/ramped access to shop
  • Level/ramped access to cafe/tearoom
  • Sufficient wheelchair access to tables
  • Wheelchair accessible picnic area (The picnic area is level but on grass)


  • assistance dogs welcome (visitors with assistance dogs need to make prior arrangements to visit the centre because of the other animals on site)