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Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary

#1 of 9 things to do in Buckfastleigh Features Animals
Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
+44 1364 642916
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Girly day out

A day out the boys would not have enjoyed but we did. Neck aching from looking up at butterflies... read more

Reviewed yesterday
506KAJ5
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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
Otters and butterflies

Ok. Lots of otters and butterflies. Very hot in butterfly house, warm glasses up before you go... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jen A
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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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Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
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Reviewed yesterday

A day out the boys would not have enjoyed but we did. Neck aching from looking up at butterflies but worthwhile at the size and colours of the butterflies. Saw all the otters this time round as they were out and about because it was...More

Thank 506KAJ5
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Ok. Lots of otters and butterflies. Very hot in butterfly house, warm glasses up before you go in! Otter feeding good. You can see otters swim under water. Water comes straight form river so very natural for them.

Thank Jen A
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a great and inexpensive place to spend a couple of hours. Loved seeing the Otters, Butterflies and other species there and hearing/reading all the interesting stuff about them. The staff were very friendly and knowledgable, and it was buggy friendly which was a...More

Thank Yaahelo
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Paid £25 for a poor place for the three of us to visit for under an hour. One of our party was a wheelchair user, this place was not wheelchair friendly whatsoever. Butterflies were few and far between. And no glass viewing areas to see...More

Thank Steve L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The butterfly farm was delightful. Lots to take photos of. The hatching frame was exceptional, watching butterflies emerge and spread their wings. There are lizards ant colonies etc. On its own it wouldn't be enough of a day trip but with the otter sanctuary and...More

Thank Dysko S
Reviewed 4 days ago

A little trip on our way home from a family party. We thoroughly enjoyed the butterflies, carp and rescue terrapins but the highlight was watching the otter feeding and listening to Tim's informative talks. Wonderful way to spend a couple of hours.

Thank KateinCornwall2014
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had purchased a hands-on otter experience for our daughter's birthday as this was something she had wanted to do for some time and had recently visited the centre with a friend while on holiday. The sanctuary was always a family favourite when our children...More

Thank Karen F
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review, Tim works hard to make sure everyone enjoys their time with the otters, hope you can visit again soon.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Does not shut at 5, shuts at 4.45!! Was told i could come and go all day , had a cake in the cafe at the station came back as my 2 year old wanted to see the otters again , as I started to...More

Thank Kellymb78
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review and bringing to my attention the problem you encountered.I am sorry this spoiled your visit for your 2 year old and I have taken the matter up with the staff on duty. You are right, 5 pm should mean 5...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Bought this for the other half as a Xmas pressie. Made a weekend of it in Dartmoor. This was great fun for about 2.5hrs at the Sanctuary. Can't remember exactly but paid about £75 each I think. We were given basically a private tour of...More

Thank beentheredonethatUk
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review, Tim is very passionate about the otters and enjoys passing on his knowledge to those who are interested. You are right we are not a "zoo" we have otters and butterflies for people to learn about and enjoy. Pleased that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good visit otter feeding was interesting but there was a lack of butterfly's only saw a handful while walking around. Nipper seemed to like it.

Thank Brasso_uk_78
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chickpea76
Are dogs allowed?
27 May 2017|
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Response from bbbsteve | Reviewed this property |
They wouldn't be allowed in the butterfly section. Not sure about the otter sanctuary. Sorry.
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maureenweston1956
are you open on new years day and how much is admition
29 December 2016|
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Response from Dartotter | Property representative |
Hi we are open on New Year's Day from 11am to 3 pm. The best times to see the otters are the feeding times at 11.30 and 2.00. There' are some butterflies around and will fly best if the weather is bright and sunny. Low light... More
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HannahPMell
Is this open all year round? Hoping to visit over Xmas/New year break.
22 September 2016|
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Response from Tony and Julie S | Reviewed this property |
Winter opening times operate between November and March. These haven't yet been published but check out their website in the near future.
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