Buckfast Butterflies &
Dartmoor Otter SanctuaryTorquay
The Station
Devon TQ11 0DZ
This is the place to see beautiful native and exotic butterflies, and sleek, playful otters all in the same venue.  The Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary is only a two minute walk from Buckfastleigh Station on the heritage South Devon Railway.
Situated in delightful surroundings beside the River Dart, the specially designed Butterfly House is climate controlled allowing visitors the opportunity to see both exotic and native butterflies and moths breeding and living in their natural habitat. The Sanctury advises that the insects neither bite nor sting - they advise it is quite safe to wander among them, even allowing them to settle on you if they wish.
Otters inhabit many countries worldwide but are seldom seen in the wild.  They are delightful creatures known mostly from film and TV and books like ‘A Ring of Bright Water’.
The Sanctuary has three resident breeds of otter - the native British or European otter which can be shy and elusive in the wild, the playful little Asian otters which are a joy to watch and the large North American River Otters who are real show-offs.
You will get the best views of the otters at feeding time when the keepers will tell you all about their charges.  The Sanctuary runs a captive breeding programme, treats sick and injured otters brought in, and provides a retirement home for old otters.
Otter Feeding Times  
11:30; 14:00 and 16:00 hours
Your ticket allows re-entry throughout the day so you can visit other attractions and come back for feeding time.
Opening Times & Admission Costs
From April 1st opening times for the Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary are 10:00 to 17:00 daily. Check the Sanctuary’s official website for Opening Times and Admissions Costs.
Do not miss the Riverside Walk beside the River Dart. Here there is a children’s play area and maze.  These facilities are to be found on the South Devon Railway site. Ticket holders have free access via the gate in the car park adjacent to the bottom of the footbridge crossing the railway line.
Discounted Joint Tickets with South Devon Railway
While at Buckfastleigh enjoy a scenic steam train ride alongside the River Dart   Web: South Devon Railway    External Link
Discounted joint tickets are available in conjunction with the South Devon Railway. These allow re-admission to the butterflies and otters throughout the day and a return ticket to Totnes on the steam train.  Tickets are available from The Sanctuary Reception or Buckfastleigh Station.
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Lastminute.com here:    External Link
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1364 642 916
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Website  Buckfast Butterflies & Otters    External Link
Getting There
Buckfastleigh is just south of the Dartmoor National Park.
- By Car
Leave the A38 Devon Expressway at the Dart Bridge junction. Follow the brown tourist signs from the junction to the Sanctuary Car Park.
This attraction is approximately half an hour from Plymouth or Exeter, and three-quarters of an hour from the Torbay area.
- By Bus
There is a Vintage Bus Service which is a free service for Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary ticket holders to enjoy. You may travel from the Station to Buckfast Abbey and around the town of Buckfastleigh. There is a regular service throughout the day. Please check at reception for running days and times.
- By Heritage Rail
Board a steam ride on South Devon Railway to the Sanctury. The steam railway station is a short walk from the Totnes Mainline Station.  There is a car park at Totnes station.
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