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Donkey Sanctuary

Donkey SanctuaryGreen Fold
Abbey Hay
Greater Manchester
M18 8RJ
Telephone: 0161 301 4051


The Donkey Sanctuary Assisted Therapy Centre offers families the opportunity to get involved with rescued mules and learn about the importance of how we treat animals.

The centre largely works with special schools and disabled groups so access may be restricted to the casual public while sessions are running. However they try to maintain a daily public visit slot for those wanting to visit the donkeys up for adoption: this is 10.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 2.30pm daily, but it's always worth checking ahead to be sure. There's a picnic area and loos available so this can be a nice lunch stop while you wait for visiting time!

The donkeys live in the main barn with the other residents, some of which are over 40 years old! They need plenty of extra attention and are kept here to be close to the veterinary hospital. There's plenty to peak animal-lovers' curiosity for further research at home.

Whilst an excellent cause and great resource for therapy the casual visiter will find no additional entertainments or fuss: it really is a working facility. They're happy for able bodied visitors by arrangement but if you turn up unannounced you may well find you only see a few of the donkeys outside, so it's worth a little planning and it's definitely worth having other plans for the day after half an hour here.

They are on National Cycle Route 2 as well as the Tour de Manche route and the Buzzard route, so the cyclists will be wheely looked after!

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It may be worth checking out Donkey Sanctuary's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.

We do strongly suggest you contact Donkey Sanctuary before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Opening Details:
Open 7 days a week, 10.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 2.30pm for casual visits to the adoption donkeys.

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:
Free, but donations warmly welcomed.


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Donkey SanctuaryGreen Fold
Abbey Hay
Greater Manchester
M18 8RJ
Telephone: 0161 301 4051