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The Donkey Sanctuary

Sidmouth, Devon, England

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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.

We are open from 9am 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 it's 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! We also welcome dogs to visit us as long as they are on leads!

We have many children's events at our wonderful Sanctuary. Why don't you join the donkey hunt, or make some crafts in our 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. Our 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
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  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU, England


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

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 09:00 - Dusk


Free admission, donations are welcome

More Information


We have many toilet facilities as well as disabled toilets and baby changing facilities.

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, we also have an ice cream stall for you to enjoy the lovely Devonshire ice cream!


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