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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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Nice sanctuary... butterflies aren't alive in winter though!

I saw on the website that during winter there was less to see in the sanctuary but took a chance... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
HoneyBadgerBex
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Lovely experience

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

Reviewed 5 November 2018
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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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Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I saw on the website that during winter there was less to see in the sanctuary but took a chance and headed here with a friend. We missed the otter feeding by about half an hour (I think they do it 3x a day in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review, hope you can visit us again in the warmer months to enjoy the butterflies.

Reviewed 5 November 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 November 2018 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

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 23 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

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 22 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

What a lovely review, thank you.

Reviewed 21 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 17 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

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

Reviewed 15 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Thank you for your lovely review, great to hear you enjoyed 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
10 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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gmichellel
3 June 2018|
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Response from Dartotter | Property representative |
Yes there is a cafe
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