Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, Buckfastleigh

Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary may be the world’s only combined butterfly and otter sanctuary. At the indoor pavilion, thousands of butterflies flit in open space, ready to invite you into their midst. Displays include rare tropical species at each stage of development. Have your camera ready as they fan their wings against your cheek. In the companion otter sanctuary, you'll see a completely different style of play. Three species live in habitats true to their native areas and love to show off for visitors. If you have little ones, be prepared for giggles and requests to stay “just a few more minutes.” To visit Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary and get the most from your holiday in Buckfastleigh, create itinerary details personal to you using our Buckfastleigh driving holiday website .
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Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary Reviews
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  • The otters are the main attraction and they do not disappoint. The leaflets let you know when the otters are to be fed and that they sleep in between. But it gets very very crowded at actual feeding t...  more »
  • This was our second visit, like last time we stopped off on our way down to Cornwall. The outside picnic tables are a lovely place to have a picnic and watch the steam trains coming and going as well ...  more »
  • After our original holiday plans to relax in salcombe went out of the window due to rain, we found this place on trip advisor and decided to give it a go. The entry wasn't too cheap but still. There w...  more »
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  • I love butterflies so I was in my element! Was nicer as it quietened after lunch in all honesty. Otter feeding was great, first feed of the day so otters were all out. Not full of latest tech but simple and I could have spent hours more there, so could myself children. Little walk you the toilets situated on the steam train platform but again no more than at other attractions, I think leaving the sanctuary to get to them psychologically makes it feel further away!
  • The train station is fully accessible to disabled passengers and also the train has a wheelchair ramp and carriage. The otter and butterfly farm is also fully accessible and very interesting.near by is Buckfastleigh abbey here you can wonder around freely there is the abbey and you might even see a monk. There is a nice restaurant and a lively gift shop. It is well worth visiting
  • Had a wonderful day during the Otter experience! The keeper, Chloe, was so informative and friendly. It's clear to see how much they love the animals here. The experience was wonderful, we got to hand feed some of the otters, even stroke one! We already can't wait to come back again!
  • It's very small, but we'll presented. The butterfly area is great, and the are tonnes of butterflies in there. It's stifling inside, so dress appropriately. The otter section is good, and it's great for the kids to see the otters swimming and playing. They also have a decent gift shop for its size, and the leaf cutter ants display is really cool.
  • The perfect little adventure for all ages! Visited as part of the '3 Great attractions' combined tickets. After taking a return trip on the South Devon Railway next door, we stopped off at this little gem. Great value for money where you get to wander the little butterfly 'greenhouse' enclosure where you find some amazing species of butterfly as well as some fish and tortoises. Be sure stick around for the otter feeding times where you'll get introduced to the otter family. The caretaker there was brilliant and very passionate about the sanctuary. It's amazing hearing all the stories about how all the otters were rescued. A must see little gem for sure. Keep up the great work guys!

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