Notice to Visitors – our Summer opening hours are 10am – 5pm. Last admission is at 4pm.

You are assured of a warm welcome at Ferne. We are always pleased to see people – both first time visitors and regulars who come to enjoy the sanctuary. Ferne is a place that people come when they want peace and quiet. Unlike many visitor attractions we cherish the opportunity to allow people to escape from the day-to-day noise and bustle and to enjoy the wonderful Somerset countryside.

Our sanctuary is home to over 300 resident animals – Ferne is their home which you are invited to visit. Our animals are not trained to perform to order, nor are they crowded into small spaces; they have the freedom to come and go so you may see only a few or lots on your visit depending on when you come, the weather and how busy we are. Many of our animals have suffered neglect and abuse and they value the care and the peace and quiet we can offer. With our trails and activities there is always something fun to do at Ferne but we do not guarantee you will see all the animals in one visit. We recommend being quiet and patient to get the very best from a visit and we hope to welcome you soon.

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Opening times

– Summer opening times –


Open every day from 10am till 5pm (last admission to the Sanctuary at 4pm)


Open every day from 11am till 3pm


Open every day from 11 am till 4 pm


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What does it cost?

– Admission charges –

Our daily pass

*£7.95 Adult
*£6.95 Child (age 3–16)
£24.95 for a family of two adults and up to three children

Ferne Animal Sanctuary is a charity. If you are a UK taxpayer and you make a donation that is 10% more than the admission, the government will give us 25p for every £1 of your entrance fee.

*If you do not wish to pay the donation price, the admission prices will be: Adult (16+)- £6.95, Child – £5.95


Our annual pass

£20 Adult
£15 Child (age 3–16)
£70.00 per family of two adults and up to three children

How to find us

– Directions –

Ferne Animal Sanctuary
TA20 3DH

From the A30 turn onto James Lane. Follow this for 1.4 miles then, staying on James Lane, go around to the left and continue for 0.2 miles then turn left onto our driveway (signposted Ferne) and follow along (carefully) until you arrive at the Sanctuary car park.