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Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Lovely experience

My parents took me to this beautiful sanctuary as a surprise; as a teen who loves nature and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Camper00104286739
Great place to see

We did as many would, dropped in to the Otter sanctuary after taking the old railway up from Totnes... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 7 December 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend adopted me an otter for my birthday. I absolutely love them and couldn't wait to get down to the otter sanctuary to see them. Even more impressive than the obviously well loved and happy otters was Tim, from whom we received the best...More

3  Thank Emily_Hayward
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 30 June 2012

I first visited this place 10 years ago and found it run down and tired. It was at the end of a busy summer season so I didn't really mind, and excused them. However, i have recently returned with my 2 small children, husband and...More

4  Thank LucyL656
Management response:Responded 1 July 2012

Well I am not sure what to make of this review. I am surprised that this visitor did not make their feelings known during the visit and I wonder what is going on here. I obviously would question the comments and wonder where all this...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My parents took me to this beautiful sanctuary as a surprise; as a teen who loves nature and animals, this was the best surprise! I filleted a fish and fed the otters up close, it was the best experience and very educative. I would definitely...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did as many would, dropped in to the Otter sanctuary after taking the old railway up from Totnes with the kids. We wanted to see otters and the butterfly ‘element’ was a by-the-by but in fact the butterfly farm was incredible. So much t9...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would like to start by saying I have read through some of the negative reviews and have found that some of the comments and reviews are written by complete numptys! Complaining about the heat of the greenhouse ( heated to the correct climate for...More

1  Thank Extraordinary706265
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

What a lovely review, thank you. We all work hard to care for the animals and make sure visitors enjoy their time with us.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We absolutely loved this place and plan to return again soon. We had two 12 year olds with us and they both thoroughly enjoyed it. Make sure you go at feeding time for the Otters as it is a pleasure to watch and well worth...More

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

What a lovely review, thank you.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked to attend with our steam train ticket, and went in after, it was such a great treat to watch the otters feeding time, and a great informative talk from the staff who clearly knew so much and really cared for the otters, We...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The otter sanctuary literally came alive at feeding time (2pm), with very informative and friendly commentary by staff. We were able to witness the otters being fed at very close quarters and learned a lot about them. The butterfly farm was slightly disappointing as there...More

1  Thank Cheahshir
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped off here on our way home after a lovely week in Devon and very glad we did! My Mum loves otters so she was in her element. Can get close views of the otters and the underwater viewing areas were great. It was lovely...More

1  Thank Summer728
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review, its great to hear your visit went well.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I bought my boyfriend the otter experience for his birthday and we did it Friday 12th October. The weather as we woke up was soooo bad but when we turned up, the staff were really friendly and helpful and said that if at any point...More

Thank Jess T
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you its great to hear it all worked well in the end despite the awful weather.

Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

Some visitors might think this place a little bit scruffy in places but, really, it is all about the beautiful butterflies and the loveable otters. We spent a couple of hours here and it seemed like ten minutes, there is so much to see if...More

Thank robert h
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review, great to hear you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

This place is just amazing! I did a meet and greet with the otters and it was just incredible! The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, all very clearly dedicated. I got to meet all the otters as well as feed them, some of them...More

Thank Micky W
Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review, splendid to hear all went well during your visit.

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Claire F
30 June 2018|
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Response from Rich12342014 | Reviewed this property |
The Butterfly house was stifling when we were there, but you also have the Otter sanctuary to view which we found interesting
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Lucy C
9 June 2018|
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Response from Rachel W | Reviewed this property |
Hi Lucy there is a fee, when we went we went on the steam train too so got a ticket for both train and butterflies, i can't remember the exact price but for 4 adults and one child (4 year old, 3 and under are free) it was... More
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G Michelle L
2 June 2018|
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Response from Dartotter | Property representative |
Yes there is a cafe
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