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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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Utterly lovely

A little trip on our way home from a family party. We thoroughly enjoyed the butterflies, carp and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
KateinCornwall2014
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Liskeard, United Kingdom
Otter Experience Morning

We had purchased a hands-on otter experience for our daughter's birthday as this was something she... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Karen F
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Rugby, 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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Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
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Reviewed 2 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.

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Reviewed 2 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 yesterday

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 3 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 yesterday

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 3 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

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

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 5 days 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
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very nice visit. Family run sanctuary. We watched the otters being fed which was at 11:30am. There were 2 other times of 2pm and 4pm. Would recommend.

Thank Kelly4David1
Reviewed 5 days ago

this is a wonderful place to visit. Tim's feeding of the otters whilst describing his relationship with them is truly heartwarming, and it was great to hear about all the rescues and rehabilitation that the entrance money goes towards. the otters all looked happy and...More

Thank Harriet G
Reviewed 1 week ago

The otter section of this attraction was absolutely fascinating for our 4 year-old granddaughter as it was for us. Do get there at feeding time - it makes it so much more interesting and the caretakers talk about all the different otters in the pens...More

Thank TimT1947
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a fantastic time at the sanctuary! The otter experience had been a Christmas present, I loved getting so close to the otters. I got to learn the stories of all the rescued otters, help with the mucking out, preparing the feed, and then feeding...More

Thank BarkerColette
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this wonderful place today, it was my partner's 30th birthday present from me - definitely went down well! He's a big otter fan and this was the perfect present, you learn so much from Tim (you can see how passionate he is) and...More

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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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