Shire Horse Approved Centres

As part of our mission to increase public awareness of the work undertaken by the Society and its breeders in 2013 the Society set about the challenge of finding suitable visitor attractions promoting the Shire horse. Society representatives visited the following attractions and found they are worthy of the Society status of ‘Approved Visitor Centre’ We are constantly on the look out for new centres, if you would like to recommend an attraction near you please contact us and we will make arrangements to visit them.

Don’t forget, paid up Society members, producing their membership card gain free access to approved centres (conditions apply).

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Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre, Cheshire.

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 they have been breeding champion Shires for over 45 years and they form the centrepiece of the Centre.  They invite you to meet their Stallions, Mares & Foals and learn about this fabulous Old English Breed from friendly and informative staff who will be pleased to share their knowledge. They have 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 our important studwork today, ensuring the future of this magnificent breed. You can discover the art of showing a Shire and how to win!

As well as our fabulous Shire horses they have a selection of British animals and birdlife both wild and domesticated including rare breeds. You can wander around our Nature Trail to meet the horses further afield, browse around our gift shop with its unique country gifts and souvenirs, then visit our Lakeside Cafe which offers light lunches and cream teas.

Alistair and Janet look forward to welcoming you soon!

Wadsworth-Brewery_tallWadworth & Co, Wiltshire

Traditionally…..that’s the way we still do things here at Wadworth Brewery

(but ‘old fashioned’ we are most definitely not!)

Behind the red-brick walls of the Grade II Listed Victorian Tower Brewery in the heart of Devizes, Wiltshire, lies a modern state-of-the-art brewhouse, along with a vibrant, welcoming Visitor Centre, where tours of this historic (and still independant, family-owned) brewery are on offer twice a day, six days a week, together with a well-stocked shop and sample bar (coffee & cake also available!)

Visit our working Shire Horses in their stables – open to the public from 1.30pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

For further information please contact Wadworth  Brewery Visitor Centre


Ash-End-HouseAsh End House Shire Horse Centre

A purpose built busy working yard, although it is part of the children’s farm it is now becoming popular with visitors in it’s own right.

Here at the farm we generally have anywhere between up to 15 to 20 horses, visitors not only get to interact with our horses up close in their stables but also get to watch them in a more natural environment whilst out in the paddock.

Our Shire horses are especially favoured by our older visitors who can remember working with these magnificent animals on the farms and in our cities, a common memory of yesteryear. After visiting with the grandchildren they will often slip back on a weekday afternoon to spend more time with the horses and often share their memories with our staff.

For further information please contact Ash End House Childrens Farm

tialogoTia Rescue

Tia Rescue is an independent charity founded in 1997 which has grown to become one of the largest greyhound rescue centres in the country and we are now in a position to be able to offer the same help to unwanted heavy horses and are actively trying to help and promote all heavy horse breeds. We breed and show heavy horses along with being a sanctuary for these magnificent animals. In 2015 we moved to our new location, a 70 acre farm near Doncaster. We are open 7 days a week, so why not come and pay us a visit, perhaps walk a couple of greyhounds to work up your appetite for a bite to eat in our DOG FRIENDLY café.

For further information please contact Tia Rescue


The Royal Parks Shires at Operation Centauroperation-centaur-prince-charles

Holly Lodge, Richmond Park TW10 5HS

Come and visit the last working Shire herd in London!  Now the breweries no longer stable their horses in town, our Shires are the last working herd of eight in Central and Greater London.  Operating from our base in Richmond Park, we contribute to the conservation of the Royal Parks through managing wildflower meadows, logging, bracken rolling, and various community engagement projects.

We offer monthly open days to see our Shires at work, including a magnificent tour in the park.  Strictly by appointment only.  Limited places.

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Robinsons Brewery

Robinsons Brewery, Stockport, Cheshire joins the Society as the latest Approved Centre.  Further details will be listed here soon.  In the meantime please visit their website by clicking here.