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The Donkey Sanctuary

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Closed Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Fantastic place for visit & tea watching donkeys!

What a lovely place! Very surprised at the professional layout and investment - it is a lovely... read more

Reviewed today
A charming place

We made a short visit and were quickly impressed by the care taken of these beautiful animals. The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kathleen W
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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“lovely donkeys”(68 reviews)
Set along the historic Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our working farm is home to donkeys, mules and hinnies - large and small. Come and say hello to some of the hundreds...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
+44 1395 578222
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Reviewed today

What a lovely place! Very surprised at the professional layout and investment - it is a lovely visitor attraction. We walked all around with our 2 labs and could take them just about everywhere. Had delicious cream tea on the veranda overlooking fields of donkeys...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We made a short visit and were quickly impressed by the care taken of these beautiful animals. The environment was in excellent condition and so peaceful . We would have loved more time to visit the cafe, but we did buy gifts from the stunning...More

Thank Kathleen W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited the Donkey Sanctuary on a Saturday whilst seeing family in Devon. Great day out! Couldn’t recommend more. The sanctuary is dog friendly which is a massive plus. The place is huge - what we thought would be a an hour or so visit...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing from start to finish... such a beautiful, caring and well kept environment. The donkeys are all so placid, charismatic and well cared for. We adopted Timothy and Zena and look forward to supporting the charity going forward. We are only sorry that we only...More

Thank misskilcourse
Reviewed 2 days ago

A wonderful place to visit. It's so uplifting to see the care these beautiful animals are now receiving having been rescued from neglect and hard times. There's free entry and parking and all profits from the cafe and shop goes towards the wellfare of the...More

Thank Kevin R
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you like animals this is a really inspirational place to visit. It provides 5 star accommodation to a wide variety of donkeys, many of which have a history of mal-treatment from across the world. It's marvellous to see them living together in a very...More

Thank MikeofChildrey
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and myself paid the donkey sanctuary a visit today and were not disappointed !! What a beautiful, clean place where all the donkeys seemed so content, chilled and happy ( as they should be!). We wandered around and learnt lots of information, saw...More

Thank Claire G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Having visited the sanctuary on the Isle of Wight, this was streets ahead. The ‘guests’ all seemed to be happy to be there and were running around very large paddocks and are given the option to interact with the public (if they want an ear...More

Thank Andrew W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Really lovely place to visit. Lots of beautiful donkeys, interesting information about them and the good work of the charity, super facilities (restaurant especially good- yummy drinks and cakes with a view!). Also plenty of nice walks to do.

Thank J P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have wanted to visit the Sanctuary for a while, I adopt Bonnie. I was immediately impressed with the place, the friendliness of all the staff and wonderful surroundings. I was early so had breakfast in the restaurant, excellent and very good value. The goods...More

Thank Kath J
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23 July 2018|
Response from Clo W | Reviewed this property |
There is a train from from Taunton to Digby then from Digby to Sidmouth. There is a bus called the Sidmouth Hopper that stops in the Donkey Sanctuary car park. It might be a bit of a travel but its doable. There is a bus... More
23 July 2018|
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Response from helenisfunky | Reviewed this property |
Buses do go past there as we’ve been behind them just not sure which one, possible the one that goes from sidmouth to Exeter
Katie M
1 April 2018|
Response from craziequeen |
You can find information on rehoming on the Donkey Sanctuary website.