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The Donkey Sanctuary

Sidmouth, Devon, England

  • Donkeys at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth
  • Donkeys at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

Attraction Information

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Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Outdoor

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.


  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit The Donkey Sanctuary's website
01395 578222

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

March - October: Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 17:00
November - February: Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 16:00


Free admission & parking

More Information

Eating information

Come and enjoy a wonderful meal at the Hayloft restaurant offering a range of hot foods, sandwiches and cakes! In the summer months, there is an ice cream stall for you to enjoy the lovely Devonshire ice cream!

Gift shop

They sell any donkey related goodies from pens, key-rings and books to tea towels and much more!

Baby food facilities

A member of the staff will be happy to help if you need to warm baby milk.


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