Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Wambrook, Chard, TA20 3DH

Ferne Animal Sanctuary


Ferne Animal Sanctuary is set within 72 acres of beautiful & protected countryside, in the Blackdown Hills on the Devon/Somerset border.

Ferne was set up through the foresight of a local lady – the late Nina, Duchess of  Hamilton & Brandon – who realised that men and women going off to war had no one to take care of their animals so would require a temporary refuge for them. The Duchess put a call out on the BBC and legend has it that when she returned to her London home there were a number of cats and dogs on her doorstep and also a parrot! The need for caring and re-homing animals continues at Ferne. There are over 300 resident animals to see. Visitor Centre and Café.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome to visit the sanctuary. They must be kept under control on a short lead. Dogs are also welcome in the café.

Accessibility/ Disabled Access:

Ferne has a very good network of tarmac paths but due to the operations of the sanctuary, it is recommended that wheelchair users are accompanied by an able-bodied person. There are designated parking spaces for wheelchair users and visitors with special needs next to the Visitor Centre as well as in the main car park.

Please refer to their website for more detailed information including prices such as family tickets and winter concessions. 

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  • Parking On-Site Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly Family friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted Credit Cards Accepted
  • Dogs Welcome Dogs Welcome
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Shop Shop
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Baby Changing Baby Changing
  • Open All Year Open All Year
  • Partial Disabled Access Partial Disabled Access

Contact Details

Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Wambrook, Chard, Somerset, United Kingdom, TA20 3DH

Open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. In the summer the sanctuary is open from 10.00am until 5.00pm with last entry at 4.00pm. In the winter the sanctuary opens at 10.00am and closes at 4pm with last entry one hour before. Check website for latest information.

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