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The Donkey Sanctuary

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Slade House Farm | Sidmouth, Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
+44 1395 578222
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Great place for the kids!

Lots to look at for little ones! Our little 1 enjoyed herself thoroughly! Nice new buildings and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Exmouth, United Kingdom
via mobile
Well Worth a Visit

The Donkey Sanctuary is a fabulous place for people of all ages. Miles of beautiful walks... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Julie B
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Set along the historic Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our working farm is home to donkeys, mules and hinnies - large and small. Come and say hello to some of the hundreds of donkeys waiting to meet you. There is also the exciting new Understanding Donkeys Zone and Dr Svendsen’s Writing Hut to explore, as well as guided walks, meet the groom sessions twice daily, the Nature Centre, the Maze to lose yourself in and a range of souvenirs to browse in the Gift Shop. When it’s time to take a well-earned break, the Sanctuary’s new family-friendly restaurant, The Kitchen, provides local, ethically sourced food alongside spectacular views over the donkeys paddocks out to the sea. Open 9am - 5pm, daily. The Donkey Sanctuary was founded as a charity in 1969, by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. Open 365 days a year; entry and parking is free. Dogs on a lead are welcome.
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“free entry” (158 reviews)
“gift shop” (170 reviews)
“lovely donkeys” (65 reviews)
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Slade House Farm | Sidmouth, Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
+44 1395 578222
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lots to look at for little ones! Our little 1 enjoyed herself thoroughly! Nice new buildings and the maze is tricky too, especially if you let your little 1 lead! We have been before but just putting a review after our latest visit. Previous visits...More

Thank MitchyBenny
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Donkey Sanctuary is a fabulous place for people of all ages. Miles of beautiful walks, incredible scenery, educational rooms, fabulous new cafe and free entrance! Best of all are the wonderful donkeys.... hundreds of them! The work that is carried out at this centre,...More

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went a Saturday afternoon in September and were disappointed compared to a visit a few years ago. Very few donkeys in the fields most in the shed near the shop. May be it was too late in the afternoon. One advantage it is a...More

Thank johnahall
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My wife adopted Walter the donkey. A great family visit. Staff very helpful. Everyone gets the chance to adopt a donkey. A great scheme that provides mint for the up keep. If you get the chance. Make this a must do visit Del & Shirley...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

The donkey sanctuary 2 miles from Sidmouth is amazing lovely walks and fantastic place, they have just opened a new restaurant food great and views fabulous. They do wonderful work here and it is free. Shop is great - great place to visit if you...More

Thank clairehendon
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It’s a really nicely laid-out site and the restaurant is amazing! Worth a trip in itself. Probably don’t need more than a couple of hours there. It’s free, donations onlyMore

Thank joeybrownbill
The Donkey Sanc... S, Visitor Marketing Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback and I am pleased to hear you enjoyed our new restaurant, The Kitchen. We are proud to have created a new dining destination serving freshly-prepared dishes using local, ethically sourced produce alongside one of the finest views in Devon. All...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed walking round here, was in Devon/Dorset visiting family and thought its worth checking a few places whilst we were down, you won't regret the visit, well worth the visit. plus its free

Thank shanniematthews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really loved it here. Amazed that it was free. Lots of donkeys to see and pet and hear their stories. They have come from all over the world to this place, even had 3 from Canada. The staff were very friendly and eager to impart...More

Thank Zappafan5797
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been visiting here every year for the last 20 years. Peaceful, calm and relaxing, just love donkeys!

Thank Jane C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Remembering the joy the Donkeys gave my late wife, visiting her memorial there this is a lovely place to visit if you love animals although my young labrador was not at all sure about the Donkeys 😁

Thank Michael M
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12 October 2017|
Response from The Donkey Sanc... S | Property representative |
Hi Lyn, In answer to your question - yes, we have lots planned for Christmas! Firstly, we have our fabulously festive Christmas Fair on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November, where Santa will be visiting with his reindeer... More
25 September 2017|
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Response from sandsreed | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are. People had their dogs with them & there are many footpaths for walking throughout the grounds. It's a lovely place to spend a couple of hours, no admission charge, & a nice cafe with a view!
6 June 2017|
Response from Josh H | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jill, While I cannot remember his name I believe they where the blankets to protect their coat, the donkeys in the main barn are the few that come out into the courtyard and are shown around to the public and can be... More