Visiting Ferne

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.

Your Dogs are welcome to come join you on a lovely walk, but please note they have to be on a lead. 

Opening times

Summer opening times

SANCTUARY GROUNDS

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

FERNE CAFÉ

Opened every day from 10am till 4pm

GIFT SHOP

Opened every day from 11 am till 3 pm

WHAT IS HAPPENING AT FERNE?

Click here to visit the WHATS ON page! 

What does it cost?

Admission charges

Our daily pass

£6.95 Adult
£5.95 Child (age 3–16)
£20.95 for a family of two adults and up to three children.

Our annual pass

£20.00 Adult
£15.00 Child (age 3–16)
£70.00 per family of two adults and up to three children. Download our leaflet

How to find us

Directions

Ferne Animal Sanctuary
Wambrook
Chard
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.