Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats

Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats

Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats
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Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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  • Jon
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gentle sanctuary for goat and visitors alike
    A lovely relaxing place. Great to see the Goats just roaming free. Plenty of willing goats looking for a gentle fuss, plus the opportunity to feed some of them if you purchase a bag of goat feed for £1. Definitely worth the visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Jaisling24
    Greater London, United Kingdom48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Visit
    This sanctuary was amazing. We could see that the goats were well cared for, fed, watered and cleaned but also looked after. We enjoyed our walk around meeting the goats and it was lovely that our doggy (on leash) was welcome in as well. We got the opportunity to hand-feed the goats and ended the trip adopting one! Staff were polite and friendly. Definitely recommend
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Jan H
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Got to love a goat 🐐
    Spent a lovely couple of hours at this wonderful sanctuary. The staff were so friendly and helpful explaining about the goats and which ones we were able to feed . It was lovely that the goats had a quiet area to go to if they wanted to move away from the public and plenty of free space to roam. The whole set up is designed with the animals at the forefront of their minds. A lovely cafe with drinks and snacks at reasonable prices was also available. Please visit this sanctuary and ensure that you donate to their cause while there. Entry is free but they do rely on donations to keep the goats in the luxury they so deserve.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Teresa S
    Chatham, United Kingdom895 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grandad, Granddaughter and Goats
    Amazing little trip. Bit off the beaten track . But well, sign posted. Free car parking. We were met by a guy who loved his job, very welcoming and great knowledge of the goats. All goats are free roaming, red colllar don't approach. Purple collar dont feed. Yellow collar goats are for adoption. You can buy food in the tea room, but you need to stay outside the fences to feed the goats. Tea room and gift shop, on site with information about the goats,had washing station and toilets available. No entrance fee, but they ask for a £4 donation, this can be done online. Card payments taken. Goats experiences, adoption leaflets available. Highly recommended for a couple of hours or just sit on the benches provided and goat watch !!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 18, 2023
  • aspara gustation
    London, United Kingdom14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not kidding . It’s good value
    We are a family of five . The sanctuary is tucked away down a Kentish lane but it’s easy to find. Parking is free. A goat enthusiast / keeper explained the system with different coloured collars for the goats and what these meant. Donations of £4 per person is suggested. There are goats of every shape , colour and size. You can wander around with the goats although you have to watch where you tread. This is a farm and it is to be expected. On site is a small cafe to buy refreshments and you can buy food for the goats there. The facilities are quite basic and there is somewhere to wash hands / sanitiser which is advisable if you stroke the animals. I’m not a fan of goats but by the end of the visit I had made friends with a large gentle Anglo Nubian Goat and I now feel more confident in their proximity.. our grand children thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Nicole B
    Maidstone, United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Goat-ally awesome!
    My friend and I visited on a whim today, and we were blown away! Really loved our visit. Clearly well loved and cared for animals and friendly welcoming staff. It was clearly explained how to feed the animals and which animals to avoid. We enjoyed a coffee in the sun before feeding the goats, then spending some time in the paddock just enjoying being around the animals. Loved meeting the friendly, cheeky, inquisitive residents! It’s a suggestion of £4 donation to enter but we gladly donated a little more, as it all goes back to the animals. Wonderful, quiet place to enjoy the sun and some refreshments. We will definitely be back.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Harriet L
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for the family.
    We visited the sanctuary today 7.10.23 with my three children and were greeted and welcomed, we discovered a lovely tearoom with light snacks and hot/cold drinks all at a reasonable price. Members of staff were very happy to help and answer any questions and made us feel welcome on our first visit, which resulted in us adopting a goat. We were also greeted by two volunteers at a goat feeding area who shared knowledge of the collar system as well as their names and were very friendly. We highly recommend this for a day out with a good cause and all the animals are happy and well looked after. We will visit again.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 7, 2023
  • TK
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place
    This is such a lovely place Rescued goats that seem to be very happy and well looked after. Friendly staff. The cafe served a selection of drinks and snacks and there was vegan options available. We had a lovely time and we are looking forward to visiting again in the near future.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 16, 2024
  • Izzy
    England, United Kingdom40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it!! Goats are well looked after.
    Such a lovely day out seeing the goats. There are so many goats to see, and you can get right up close to them and give pet them. The goat food is really cheap, so definitely make sure to buy some to feed the goats! There is a small cafe on site, not much seating area and seating is only outdoors but it's fine to buy a drink and a snack. Really reasonably priced and a wonderful experience
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2024
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Nickk I
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
I have been here once, which was about 3 years ago, prior to today. Absolutely loved my first time. However as recent reviews on other websites indicate it has gone downhill.

Staff are very rude. We were greeted by a lady who had an attitude. I read online that we could donate by card, and I asked her if she had a card machine or if I can donate inside, or online. She gave a dirty look and said you are not going to get a cheap day out for 4 pound, insinuating I wasn't going to pay. I had no issue paying, I had no cash. I checked online and phoned up and it said you can pay by cards I explained this to her and she said you have to pay by cash (this is the opposite to what their signs and website say).

Then we went to go buy food to feed the goats. Someone said "can I help" and I asked to buy food. She muttered "what one?" with a pearcing look. Without seeing the table as people were blocking it, I didn't see there was a variety of food. I bought food and she snatched the money (dropped it also, haha) and chucked the food into my hands.

Staff need to take a course in how to speak to people.
Written August 31, 2020
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Thank you for visiting Buttercups. I am sorry you have felt the need to complain. We are always looking to improve the visitor experience and we will learn from the points you have raised. In light of this, I hope this experience has not eroded any future relations. We look forward to seeing you here again in the near future.
Written September 9, 2020
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Klianne
Maidstone, UK34 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
We used to love this place and spent a fair amount of time there, but we won’t be going back. I’m so disappointed with how downhill it’s gone. It used to be entry by donation, which is still states, but when you get to the gate, the lady demands at least £4 each. Not an extortionate amount for some, but when you’re on a budget and not expecting it, it’s not ideal.
The lady on the gate is so rude and miserable, and was coughing and spluttering all over the shop whilst taking our payments. She, alone, put us off going back.
Once you’re in, certain parts are cordoned off because of Covid, as if Covid knows which way it’s allowed to go. The way you feed the goats has changed, which is really awkward. Buying a ticket from the shop and walking back to the feeding station that you’ve already passed to exchange it for food makes no sense.
The atmosphere is just horrible. It’s become more of a business than a charity.
Then to top it off, 2 goats started fighting and knocked my 2 year old daughter flying. At that point I decided to go sit in the car with her to wait for our friends to finish. I know you can’t stop goats from fighting, but that just topped off a really crap experience.
The only good thing I can say is that one of the young female volunteers was so friendly and helpful.
It’s a shame, but won’t be going back.
Written July 18, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Buttercups. Visitor feedback is crucial to us and we are always looking to improve the overall experience of our open days On our open days it is still entry by donation. We suggest £4 as a guideline; however, we are grateful for anything visitors are willing to donate to us, and we do not charge an admission fee. We have made a few adjustments to the way our open days run. The portion of the yard that is cordoned off is to allow the goats to have the freedom to choose whether they wish to have contact with the public. Please bear in mind that we are an animal sanctuary, and the needs of our animals are of highest priority. Therefore, we have implemented this change. We relocated the feeding station to allow the food to be more evenly spread out amongst the herd. We do not currently have a card machine in the new feeding area, and to accommodate this we introduced the ticketing system. However, you are still able to buy food directly from the feeding station with cash. We hope this experience has not eroded your relationship with the sanctuary, we hope to see you again soon.
Written August 4, 2021
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Gonkie
Maidstone, UK112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This is a charity run goat sanctuary. There are over 100 goats in the field and by the buildings, all different with their own personalities. To access the cafe area you have to walk through a field of goats, so wear boots, unlike myself and my daughter on our first visit. You can stroke the goats and buy food and then feed the goats, just watch for the collar colour and the greedy goats butting the others out of the way. There is no entrance fee but the charity relies on donations to keep it going, so try and be generous :-)
Written October 13, 2021
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Fraggle0268
14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
A friend recommended this place as she goes often and my 4 year old son absolutely loves goats so decided to pay it a visit.
The place itself was lovely and there were lots of friendly goats but our initial ‘welcome’ by the lady on the gate kind of made it all less enjoyable. Whilst paying our donation my son was very excited to see the goats and made some excited noises as expected from a 4 year old and the lady told him to ‘Sshh’ as the goats don’t like the noise. As we went in the first gate a goat came straight over and my son was so excited and was laughing and talking quite loudly about the goat. The lady again made a ‘sshh’ sound and said to us we needed to keep him quiet. I found her rather rude. This made our visit somewhat less enjoyable as I spent the whole visit telling him to be quiet. He wasn’t shouting, just being an excited 4 year old.
It’s a shame as the sanctuary is obviously doing great work and the young lady in the cafe was lovely and we enjoyed feeding the goats but maybe someone a bit more friendly to welcome guests would help.
Written September 26, 2020
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Teresa S
Chatham, UK895 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Amazing little trip. Bit off the beaten track . But well, sign posted. Free car parking. We were met by a guy who loved his job, very welcoming and great knowledge of the goats. All goats are free roaming, red colllar don't approach. Purple collar dont feed. Yellow collar goats are for adoption. You can buy food in the tea room, but you need to stay outside the fences to feed the goats. Tea room and gift shop, on site with information about the goats,had washing station and toilets available. No entrance fee, but they ask for a £4 donation, this can be done online. Card payments taken. Goats experiences, adoption leaflets available. Highly recommended for a couple of hours or just sit on the benches provided and goat watch !!
Written August 18, 2023
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Diana I
Meopham, UK110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
There are around 150 rescued goats living happily in beautiful countryside. You can wander around the massive field enclosure and and get close to the goats who are very friendly.
There is a small cafe and gift shop where goat food can be purchased.
I booked the 'Walking with Goats' experience for my son and his family and despite the cold windy weather it was a great success.
Walking through the fields with two extremely strong, but good natured goats on leads was certainly a novel experience. We were accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced guide which enhanced the walk.
Wonderful for children who are happy with animals and I will definitely go again .
Written September 30, 2020
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Fomzine
Woking, UK343 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We had a quick visit as we got there about 45 minutes before they closed. Sadly the cafe and shop had already closed for the day. A shame and somewaht short sighted as we would have made use of both, and perhaps others there would too. But as its a free attraction, with free parking it is handy to call in on for a short visit as part of a day out in Kent.

There was a member of staff who helpfully told us the names of the goats we made friends with. And the goats have coloured collars on them so you know which ones are friendly and can be approached.

At this time of year I would recommend wearing wellies as it is quite muddy. There are toilets on site too.

Take care on the narrow twisting hilly country lanes approaching the site. On our way back we saw two vehicles had been involved in an accident.
Written November 8, 2020
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Jessica W
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We really enjoyed this place. The goats were really fun to watch and friendly. Feeding them was also novel. The goats were all very greedy which again made it fun watching them.
Great little place.
Staff were helpful and it was nice to know that they are volunteers and give up their time to look after these funny animals.
Written August 13, 2021
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aspara gustation
London, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We are a family of five . The sanctuary is tucked away down a Kentish lane but it’s easy to find.
Parking is free.
A goat enthusiast / keeper explained the system with different coloured collars for the goats and what these meant. Donations of £4 per person is suggested.
There are goats of every shape , colour and size. You can wander around with the goats although you have to watch where you tread. This is a farm and it is to be expected. On site is a small cafe to buy refreshments and you can buy food for the goats there. The facilities are quite basic and there is somewhere to wash hands / sanitiser which is advisable if you stroke the animals.
I’m not a fan of goats but by the end of the visit I had made friends with a large gentle Anglo Nubian Goat and I now feel more confident in their proximity.. our grand children thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Written August 28, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Izzy
England, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Such a lovely day out seeing the goats. There are so many goats to see, and you can get right up close to them and give pet them. The goat food is really cheap, so definitely make sure to buy some to feed the goats! There is a small cafe on site, not much seating area and seating is only outdoors but it's fine to buy a drink and a snack. Really reasonably priced and a wonderful experience
Written May 28, 2024
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