Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is a lovely small Devon attraction for families. Those with young children will particularly enjoy feeding the goats, ducks and sheep.

The farm is run by a team of dedicated volunteers who know the animals well and are happy to answer questions about them. 

There are rescue owls, red squirrels, donkeys, rare breeds of sheep and goats, as well as aviaries of wild fowl. 

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm reopened on 12 April 2021. We visited in June 2020.

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Rescue owls at farm
Rescue owls

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What’s different during COVID-19?

We’ve visited this lovely farm number of times over the years and visiting during COVID-19 wasn’t very different. There are a few changes to be aware about.

The farm’s petting area has reopened, but it’s not possible to handle small animals just yet. There is a one way system around the farm during COVID-19.

It is not necessary to pre-book, but numbers at the farm are being monitored. Queuing may be necessary at peak times.

There are hand washing stations at the far end of the farm and at the exit as well as hand sanitiser by each pen.

Find out more about visiting now.

Child feeding Angora Goat at Totnes Rare Breeds Farm

Best bits for kids

  • Feeding the farm animals – bags of food are available to buy at the ticket kiosk
  • Petting rabbits and guinea pigs (not currently available)

Best bits for parents

  • The paths around the farm are flat, so easy going for little ones and pushchairs
  • You can get a combined attraction ticket with South Devon Railway and Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies to make this a full day out (not currently available).

Opening times 

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm’s opening times are 10am to 5pm daily in the summer season.

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and Steam Train

The Farm is a lovely small attraction that will take about an hour to visit. To make it a full day out, buy a combined attraction ticket with South Devon Railway, which is just next door, and the Dartmoor Otters and Butterflies Sanctuary. This will be available from 17 May 2021.

Please note: the stations at Totnes and Buckfastleigh will be open from 12 April but trains are not running until 17 May 2021.


The cafe at Totnes Rare Breeds Farm sells cold food, cakes and light lunches including lunch boxes for kids.

The cafe is outside the farm entrance. You can’t eat food inside the farm but there is a small picnic area next to the cafe.

Toilet and baby changing

There are no toilets or baby changing facilities at the farm. These are located on the platform of South Devon Railway next door. 

View of animal pens at Totnes Rare Breeds Farm - a day out in South Devon, England

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm location 

The entrance is tucked away between the old Dart Valley branch line and modern mainline between Exeter and Plymouth. This makes it a bit tricky to find but persevere because it’s worth it.

At the bottom of the car park on the south bound track at Totnes Train Station take the path signposted Dartington. Stay to the right as this is also a cycle path.

When you reach the River Dart go under the rail bridge and up the path on the right to the pedestrian river crossing. This takes you to the platform at South Devon Railway. Walk to the far end and cross the tracks to find the farm entrance.

Here’s a map:

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm parking

The closest car park is on the southbound side of Totnes Train Station. This is a commuter car park and parking costs £5.70 per day. There is no hourly rate.

For cheaper parking park at Totnes Leisure Centre or in one of the town centre car parks. You can pay for these using the Ringo app. Bear in mind that there is still a reasonable walk to the farm from Totnes Train Station.


In 2020, entrance to the farm costs £8.50 for adults, £8 for OAPs and £7 for children. There is a family ticket for two adults and two children for £27.

You are given wrist bands and stickers so you can come and go during the day.

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