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Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary

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Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
+44 1364 642916
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Quick visit to Butterfly farm and ottery

We liked the visit, but the entrance was pricey for what is on the offer. We went at otter feeding... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Nikhil B
Great Attraction and Very Informative

The butterfly house was lovely and warm, which was great for drying us out after our wet journey... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lorne T
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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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We are a small, friendly and very different visit for all the family. Run by a small dedicated team we aim to make your visit educational and fun. You can enjoy and learn about our tropical butterflies in the specially designed habitat of which you become part. You not only see the butterflies but feel the rainforest atmosphere that they enjoy as you see their amazing life cycle unfold.In the Otter Sanctuary there are three species of otter to see, our native British otter, the playful Asian short clawed otters and the large North American river otters who love to show off. Our keeper is on hand to explain all about the otters to visitors, some are here for breeding, some for retirement, some just for fun and some because they are unsuitable to be returned to the wild.Make sure to bring your camera.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
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Reviewed yesterday

We liked the visit, but the entrance was pricey for what is on the offer. We went at otter feeding time (4.00 PM) which was informative. The butterfly farm was small but informative. There is an iguana and some turtles, along with koi fish. Something...More

Thank Nikhil B
Reviewed 2 days ago

The butterfly house was lovely and warm, which was great for drying us out after our wet journey but not the reason we visited! There was plenty of information about the different butterflies and moths that were kept, which was interesting. The otter sanctuary was...More

Thank Lorne T
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review, I am pleased your visit was a success. Tim, one of our keepers works hard to make your visit educational and fun.

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second visit to this attraction and once again we enjoyed it. The otters are quite tame with the man who feeds and looks after them - ten in all. We watched them being fed with fresh fish and also saw them swimming...More

Thank Pam H
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you, good to hear your visit went well.

Reviewed 1 week ago

I was given a half day otter experience as a birthday present and had an amazing time! Tim was incredibly friendly and passionate about the animals in his care. We got lots of time with the otters, actually getting in with some of them, hand...More

Thank hannahekwest
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you, I am pleased your time with the otters, and Tim, went well.

Reviewed 1 week ago

The highlight for me was most definitely the otter feeding with keeper Chloe. Chloe was absolutely brilliant, articulate and made the 30 minute session very informative and interesting. There is an incredible leaf cutter ant area and various rescued reptiles and creatures. We took our...More

Thank pinkkatie2231
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you,Chloe works hard to make sure our visitors get the best from their time with us.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a fun place to go. We were not very impressed with the butterflies (maybe because we came from subtropical areas), though we knew that the sancturary had put in huge resources on it. On the other hand, otters seemed to be much more interesting...More

Thank ai-opener
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit, thank you for your review.

Reviewed 1 week ago

I popped in here after a trip on the railway and really didn't expect to stay so long. It's very relaxing in both the Butterfly area and Otter area, and time just flys by. I guess how long you stay entirely depends upon your love...More

Thank Martyn T
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, you are right we are one of those places where you need to take your time, very much the more you look the more you will see.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really cannot rate this high enough, we had such a good time! Tim was so knowledgeable and clearly cares so much. We fed so many otters, mostly by hand. We couldn’t stop smiling the whole day! One of our favourite moments was when an otter...More

Thank L4uraL
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review I am pleased your time with us went well.

Reviewed 1 week ago

I have a fascination with otters since I was a little girl so my partner booked this for me. The otter experience is honestly amazing and shows you the kindness people still have in this world (Tim). Tim runs the sanctuary for otters, single handed...More

Thank AmandaAnna13
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind review, our keeper tim loves to share his passion for otters with our visitors, I am pleased all went well

Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked our tickets with the steam railway and guessed that it would be quite small and we were right. But I must say there were lots of butterflys flying around and a few otters, we arrived at feeding time so this made the visit...More

Thank Leasa M
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting and your review. Good to hear you enjoyed your time with us.

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gaw205
27 September 2017|
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Response from Hawesdp | Reviewed this property |
 open from 10 am to 5pm every day until October 31st Regards del
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Pauline Q
15 August 2017|
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Response from poppyboden | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed in the butterfly house or otter sanctuary. They also have big signs asking people not to leave their dogs in hot cars in the car park.
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chickpea76
27 May 2017|
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Response from ZoeVasiloudis | Reviewed this property |
No dogs are not allowed here.
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