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Donkey Sanctuary

  • Abbey Hey
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Children's Farms

Attraction Information

One of ten locations across the UK and Europe, Donkey Sanctuary Manchester is home to a team of special donkeys with unique characters and stories.

The sanctuary works with local schools, bringing children with additional or special needs to come and meet these animals. Open to the general public for limited hours, visitors are invited to get involved with rescued mules and learn all about the importance of how people treat animals.

With a great story of animal welfare and connections with other sanctuaries and farms, all of which are working hard to rescue and protect hard-working and un-loved donkeys from around the world, it’s a real gift to get up close to these gentle, intelligent animals!

Discover a rescued donkey’s incredible journey!

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Opening hours

Term Time
Monday to Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00
Thursday to Friday 15:00 - 17:00
Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

Closed Wednesday and 1st Saturday of every month

Bank Holidays
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 15:00


Last Entry

30 minutes before attraction closes


Free admission
Donations welcome

Travel & Contact Information


Green Fold, Abbey Hey, Greater Manchester, M18 8RJ, England

Phone number

0139 557 8222



Click here to visit Donkey Sanctuary's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Donkey Sanctuary has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Donkey Sanctuary is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

The Nature Trail and the walk to the sea are challenging, with steep inclines, steps and uneven surfaces. 

Yes, Donkey Sanctuary have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Dogs are welcome

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