Open daily from 11am-4pm (CLOSED WEDNESDAYS) Open daily from 11am-4pm (CLOSED WEDNESDAYS)

Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats was established by Robert Hitch in 1989

When he took in just two goats from the RSPCA. Before long goats who had been suffering from cruelty, neglect and starvation, or simply abandoned by the roadside or no longer wanted, began arriving in such numbers that the charitable status was sought in order to secure the long term future of the Sanctuary.

The Charities Commission gave this status in September 2003 and still today Buttercups is the only registered goat Charity in the United Kingdom whose sole aim is to provide relief to goats that have suffered or no longer have a home.


For £20 per year, you can adopt a goat and help contribute towards their costs and care. This makes an ideal present - either for yourself, or for that ‘hard to buy for’ relative or friend (Adoptions shipping to outside of the UK will cost £25 due to extra postage)

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Goat Experiences

Goat Keeper

Well, here is the ideal surprise for the person who has everything - or why not come along just for the fun of it? An amazing experience…

Goat Encounter

Join the herd for an hour long session, where you will get the opportunity to brush, walk and spend some quality one-on-one time with one of our...

Husbandry Courses

Providing the ideal training for the beginner thinking of goat husbandry, the course will cover handling, housing, feeding, medication &…

Make a Donation to Buttercups

Goats arrive at the Sanctuary from all over Kent, the bordering counties and London and we ensure that each animal receives the individual attention it deserves. Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats is now home to over 140 goats and provides care to an additional 130 goats in foster homes. The charity relies entirley upon the goodwill and generosity of its supporters and friends by providing financial support through donations.

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Sponsored Goat Visit

Lovely couple of hours spent relaxing amongst all the goats. The atmosphere is wonderful and you could honestly sit and watch them all day. Will happily come back with friends/family.

Trip Advisor July 2021
Best Relaxant Ever

I just love sitting, petting the very happy goats. If you are stressed it is the biggest stress reliever ever!!! Love that everything you spend money on will go towards looking after the goats. I will be visiting as often as possible.

Trip Advisor June 2023
Well Worth A Visit

Well worth a visit. Very child-friendly. Goats clearly loved and well cared for. Very hands-on experience for visitors. Helpful, cheerful staff. Had a lot of fun here.

Trip Advisor June 2023
A gentle sanctuary for goat and visitors

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.

Jon June 2023
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