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The Donkey Sanctuary

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Slade House Farm | Sidmouth, Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
+44 1395 578222
Review Highlights
Nice to visit for a couple of hours

It’s a really nicely laid-out site and the restaurant is amazing! Worth a trip in itself. Probably... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bath, United Kingdom
via mobile
Worth the visit

Really enjoyed walking round here, was in Devon/Dorset visiting family and thought its worth... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Norwich, United Kingdom
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Slade House Farm | Sidmouth, Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
+44 1395 578222
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Reviewed 4 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 only

Thank joeybrownbill
Reviewed 6 days 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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In the area on holiday and thought we must go to take a look. The donkeys are so cute and plenty of them to see. We also ate in the restaurant which was lovely just had a sandwich which was really good and lovely granary...More

Thank Elaine P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first visit for over 20 years and there are lots of improvements being made. Lovely new visitor centre almost completed with a fantastic restaurant - very reasonably priced tasty food. The donkeys are a joy and are clearly well looked after. Recommend...More

Thank DavidPicknett
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to visit for families, couples or anybody. For a free attraction that rely on donations and cares for 100s of donkeys it's a great place to go. Not only to see the donkeys but for the amazing view and lovely...More

Thank kmoore12345
Reviewed 1 week ago

Came for a trip to Devon mainly to visit the donkeys, especially to see Ruby our adoption donkey. Huge site, and plenty of space for all the lovely donkeys to have fun. Did at times find it odd when we overheard people say they couldn't...More

Thank LoveourHolidays_10
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rare sunny day so decided to walk at Donkey sanctuary and enjoy lunch in new restaurant , sadly some walks very muddy and had a fall but didn’t stop us enjoying lovely lunch and coffee at the Kitchen restaurant , good choice to suit all...More

Thank Suehowes
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Questions & Answers
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