Come and enjoy an amazing and varied day out at South Devon’s Three Great Attractions at Buckfastleigh and Totnes. It’s a real treat for all the family!

With three top tourist attractions, Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies at Buckfastleigh, the award winning Totnes Rare Breeds Farm at Totnes and, linking the two, the award winning South Devon Railway, Three Great Attractions, One Amazing Day has something for everyone.

See otters from around the world and stunning tropical butterflies, enjoy a one hour’s round trip along the beautiful valley of the River Dart behind a Great Western Railway steam engine* and stroke the owls, feed the red squirrels, meet the hedgehogs!

FREE PARKING at Buckfastleigh station!

*Most trains are steam hauled. Selected trains are hauled by heritage diesels.

Three Great Attractions

The South Devon Railway

The multi-award winning South Devon Railway is one of Devon’s and the West Country’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south west, celebrating over 50 years in preservation.

The SDR is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. We run steam trains with heritage rolling stock and offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and people of all ages.

South Devon

Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies

At Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies, you can see and learn about tropical butterflies in the specially designed habitat of which you become a part. As you see the butterflies, you will feel the rainforest atmosphere that they enjoy as you see their amazing life cycle unfold.

There are three species of otter to see too, our native British otter, playful Asian short clawed otters and the large North American river otters who love to show off.

Dartmoor Otters
& Buckfast Butterflies

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm

Come and stroke the owls, feed the red squirrels and meet the friendly hedgehogs at the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm. What began as a collection of farmyard rare breeds has gradually extended. You won’t find smaller sheep than the Ouessants, or more fantastic chickens. In the small animals’ corner, you can hold a guinea pig on your lap, feel the smooth skin of our corn snake and watch the crazy antics of the chipmunks.

Alongside these, you can also get close to the endangered wildlife of the English countryside, making this much more than just a petting farm.

Rare Breeds Farm

Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies is located at Buckfastleigh station; the award winning Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is at the other end of the line adjacent to Totnes Riverside station.

Find Us

By Car

Buckfastleigh is where our main car park is, with ample free car and coach parking. It is between Exeter and Plymouth on the A38. Leave at the Dart Bridge junction and follow the brown signs for the South Devon Railway.

From Paignton, Torquay, Dawlish and Teignmouth, travel via Newton Abbot and the A383 to the A38.
Satnav: TQ11 0DZ.

Totnes is on the A385 from Paignton and the A381 from Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. The SDR station (Totnes Riverside) is reached by footpath links from Totnes main line station (around 450m) and the town where there are a number of public car parks. There is no dedicated car parking for Totnes Riverside station. Our station is about a 20 minute walk from the town centre.

By Train

Totnes main line station on the Great Western main line is close to our station at Totnes Riverside. Great Western Railway and Cross Country Trains serve Totnes station.

Details on main line train times can be obtained from National Rail Enquiries.

From Totnes main line station; follow the signs to the South Devon Railway station & Totnes Rare Breeds Farm. This is via a footpath of around 450m.

By Bus

Buses stop close to Buckfastleigh Station and at Totnes main line station or town centre.

Bob the Bus: Totnes Circular ‘Hail & Ride’ services linking the railway station with the town centre (Mon – Fri). Timetable

Stagecoach South West 7: Exeter – Newton Abbot – Totnes

Stagecoach South West 88: Newton Abbot – Ashburton – Buckfastleigh – Totnes (Mon – Sat)

Stagecoach South West 92: Totnes  – Harbertonford – Blackawton Leisure Park – Dartmouth (Mon – Sat)

Stagecoach South West Gold: Torquay – Paignton – Totnes – Plymouth

Tallyho 164: Totnes – Kingsbridge – Salcombe

Bus travel details also from Traveline South West.

Contact Us

Dartmoor Otters &
Buckfast Butterflies

The Station, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DZ

01364 642916


South Devon Railway

The Station, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DZ

01364 644370


Totnes Rare Breeds Farm

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm

 Littlehempston, Totnes, TQ9 6LZ*

01803 840387


*This is a postal address only. To visit us, come by train or SatNav TQ9 5JR and follow the footpath from the main line station