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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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Casper’s heaven

We had the loveliest time , Our son Casper adored the butterfly house & I adored the heat of it... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Amandamouseboard
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Frampton Cotterell, United Kingdom
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An interesting venue

A venue of a modest size, but nonetheless very interesting. You can gain access using your steam... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
disgruntledman54
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Paignton, 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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  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had the loveliest time , Our son Casper adored the butterfly house & I adored the heat of it ! Thankyou. Amanda & Sam

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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Wonderful to hear it was a good visit for you all.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A venue of a modest size, but nonetheless very interesting. You can gain access using your steam railway ticket- it’s included in the price. The kids will be fascinated by the butterflies - I had two Perch on me and I’m the consummate big “kid”....More

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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review I am pleased you enjoyed your visit and yes a combined ticket with our friends at the South Devon Railway makes for a splendid trip out.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I recommend a visit here as it is a nice way to spend an hour or two with the children with other amenities close by like the train station and some local pubs in the area to have lunch. Reasonably priced, nice gift shop at...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the sactuary this week with my family and great grandparents having purchased tickets on groupon. Whilst small in size it was enough to fill a couple of hours! Plan to arrive about 3/4 of an hour before an otter feeding time and pack...More

Thank mentalistmarkham
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

So pleased you enjoyed your visit

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s rough round the edges and small but we had a lovely couple of hours, especially loved the butterfly’s, and terrapins, we stayed for the otter talk then had a Potter down the river and over to the railway. The refreshment cafe at the back...More

Thank Caroline A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A cheap, value for money attraction. We have been several times and always found all the staff there informative and very helpful. We particularly like the fact that it is left to be natural which is very important for otters as it replicates their natural...More

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

Thank you for your wonderful review, hope you can visit again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First off, know what to expect: it’s a bit rough and rustic. It’s not a polished zoo. This is a conservation/rescue centre. The butterfly greenhouse is excellent. You can see pupae hatching into butterflies in real time. There are 20+ species on show. There were...More

Thank Dan F
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review, you have summed us up perfectly. There have been a few iffy reviews over the past few days which I am working on resolving with our staff, so a lovely review is great to see. I am really pleased...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the Butterfly Farm today. From the off, I was disappointed. The person visiting with me, a lady in her 70s, asked a question of the young lady at the till. "I'll answer your questions when I've taken the money" she snapped. I was...More

Thank Jayne E
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Oh dear I am sorry we have let you down and not given you a good visit. I guess the damage was done on arrival when our staff member was obviously not giving you proper time and attention. This will be addressed in a most...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall a very nice place to take children, but need to time your visit with feeding times as the otters may otherwise be sleeping and not able to be seen. Went twice in 2 weeks as we had different family guests. There are only about...More

Thank Onbusiness1234
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, so pleased you enjoyed your time with us. We do things in a "traditional and rustic " way that some visitors perceive as requiring an upgrade. We have no electronic interpretation and simply let the butterflies and otters show themselves...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love Butterflies but I was rather disappointed. Firstly, it is all in a greenhouse that is obviously boiling hot. Butterflies are free to fly around(obviously), but most of the butterflies were so high up to the roof of the greenhouse you could barely see...More

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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

hello gorgeous45, thank you for posting your review, its a shame to learn you did not like your visit and gave us a one star. We have received a couple of iffy reviews recently, along with lots of lovely ones too so there is something...More

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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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