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The Donkey Sanctuary

#1 of 26 things to do in Sidmouth Features Animals
Slade House Farm | Sidmouth, Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
+44 1395 578222
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Donkey cuddles

This was brilliant, you can really get close up and hands on with the donkeys. Dogs are welcome and... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2016
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Nice place to take the children

Staff very friendly and informative. Nice restaurant and gift shop. Donkeys easy to watch in their... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2016
Southern England
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Slade House Farm | Sidmouth, Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
+44 1395 578222
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

This was brilliant, you can really get close up and hands on with the donkeys. Dogs are welcome and there are lovely memorial walks about the sanctuary. The food served at the restaurant is delicious as well.

Thank BridgetteG666
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Staff very friendly and informative. Nice restaurant and gift shop. Donkeys easy to watch in their yard,field etc.

Thank Erica45
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Visited this Sunday, what a wonderful place. I can't believe we had not been before despite only living an hour away. Yes there is building working going on to improve the sanctuary for the donkeys and the visitors but it doesn't make any difference to...More

Thank ScubamommaDevon
Reviewed 26 September 2016

I came here in September for my birthday. I have been here before but I have never been disappointed. The experience is like no other being able to get up close with the donkeys is truly something special. The people who work here are always...More

Thank Sophie M
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We visited here on our 1st day of our holiday in the south. And what a start! Firstly l cannot believe it's free to walk around the massive site and see up close and personal the wonderful array of donkeys allowing you to take your...More

Thank Nottmtrucker
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Fantastic place to visit set in beautiful fields. Free to visit and park with some lovely features for kids. The cafe looked nice and we would visit again. Kids had a great time and the new facilities being built looked amazing.

Thank Foodies109
Reviewed 24 September 2016

This is the most wonderful place to feel at peace and close to nature. The sanctuary is huge, so there is much walking if one wishes to explore all areas. There is a cafe situated within the sanctuary, which sells snacks. There is a shop...More

1  Thank janhealyrichard1
Reviewed 24 September 2016

We had a enjoyable time seeing all the donkeys. Although there was a lot of building work going on it didn't spoil our visit. it was lovely to see the donkeys so well cared for.

1  Thank Kate R
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We went on a drizzly day so not many donkeys out plus there is a lot of building work going on with heavy machinery etc. My little boy loved watching the digger however, not really what we went for but hey. We tried the coffee...More

1  Thank mandahoy
tds_uk, Comms team at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2016

Thanks for dropping in on a rainy day and we very much look forward to seeing you again, hopefully on a sunny day. Donkey's aren't waterproof as they don't have natural oils in their coats to prevent the water getting through to their skin, so...More

Reviewed 23 September 2016

Always visit when on holiday, a nice easy relaxing day. At the moment a little upside down with the new building projects, but looking forward to seeing the results next year. Can not understand other reviews moaning about their visit..It's completely free,there's no one forcing...More

1  Thank melbarker99
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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
23 February 2017|
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Response from tds_uk | Property representative |
Hello, Ruby is located in New Barn on Main Yard at our Sidmouth Sanctuary. A member of our team will be able to introduce you to Ruby at 11am and 2.50pm, though you are welcome to visit her at any time. For more... More
Jenny C
22 January 2017|
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Response from Kim R |
The donkey snactuary is free of charge The sidmouth hopper will not be running. But the AVMT Buses route 899 will be running it goes from Sidmouth to Seaton via the donkey sanctuary. It takes approx 11mins from Sidmouth... More