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The Donkey Sanctuary

  • Sidmouth
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Attraction Information

The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth is a registered charity that provides sanctuary from suffering to donkeys and mules worldwide.

They are open from 09:00 until dusk every day of the year. No charge is made for admission or car parking as the sanctuary considers that, being a charity dependent on the support of the public, visitors should be able to see its work free of charge.

Gifts and information about the work of the charity are available from the visitor's centre, and the hayloft restaurant offers delicious meals and snacks! They also welcome dogs to visit us as long as they are on leads!

There are many children's events at the wonderful Sanctuary. Why don't you join the donkey hunt, or make some crafts in the indoor area to take home!

In the UK, Ireland and parts of Europe, the charity has provided a sanctuary for life to over 14,500 donkeys and mules and currently cares for 5,000 at its Sanctuaries in the UK, Cyprus, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain; guaranteeing a life of loving, expert care to each of them. The overseas team work to help these loyal, long suffering animals with major programmes in India, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mexico.

Many animals arriving at its Sanctuaries each week are unwanted or have been neglected. Others come from loving homes for a secure future due to health reasons, for companionship, or the owner's circumstances may have changed.

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Opening hours

March - October
Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

November - February
Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 16:00


Free admission

Travel & Contact Information


Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU, England

Phone number

01395 578222



Click here to visit The 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.

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

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

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

Yes, The Donkey Sanctuary have stated they are pushchair friendly.

The Donkey Sanctuary has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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