8. Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Set in 160 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens two miles south of Burford, the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens exhibits over 260 different species of animals and is the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK (by species).
A day out at the park provides a memorable experience for the whole family with rare and endangered animals such as lions, giraffes and camels on show.
Visitors can walk through the Madagascar enclosure with free-roaming lemurs and see meerkats, penguins and tropical birds in the exotically landscaped Walled Gardens. This is particularly colourful mid to late summer.
You can see crocodile, lizard and other snakes in the reptile house and there is also an invertebrate house for creepy crawly fans.
Farmyard corner is great for the little ones, as you can walk amongst the goats. There is a large play area for children, who will also enjoy a ride on the miniature railway.
The wildlife park provides a superb mix of animals, landscaped parkland and gardens appealing to all ages. It also has a spacious restaurant serving a range of food.
The park also offers the chance to become a young keeper for the day, though these need to be booked a long way in advance.
A mum-of-two from the Cotswolds, who visited the attraction with her family, described it as a "fantastic place".
"There are a huge range of animals including giraffes, penguins, rhinos and giant tortoises," she said. "The grounds are superb and I really like the enclosures the animals are in. Many of the enclosures make it feel like the animals are not enclosed at all.
"The rhinos wander around on the lawn in front of the old country house on site seemingly unhindered.
"Add to this a children's animals area, insect and reptile house, beautiful plants and gardens, lovely cafés and an adventure play area, and the scene is set for a great family day out."
About 350,000 people visit the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens annually.