The Sanctuary

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.

To view the map of the Sanctuary click HERE.

Opening times

Winter opening times


Opened every day from 10am till 4pm (last admission to the Sanctuary at 3pm)


Opened every day from 10am till 4pm


Opened every day from 11 am till 3 pm


Click here to visit the WHATS ON page! 

What does it cost?

Admission charges

Our daily pass

*£7.70 Adult
*£6.55 Child (age 3–16)
*£25.45 for a family of two adults and up to three children.

* including Gift Aid

Our annual pass

£22.95 Adult
£19.95 Child (age 3–16)
£75.00 per family of two adults and up to three children.

Our Offers

Armed Forces Discount:

For serving members, veterans and family – 50% off individual/family tickets

Blue Lights Discount:

For all those that apply – 33% off individual/family tickets

Students and Concession:

For all those that apply – 25% off individual/family tickets


For all those that apply – 25% off individual/family tickets

Please note: You must provide relevant identification upon purchase of entry to the Sanctuary. Carers enter for free.


How to find us


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.