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“wonderful new restaurant”

The Donkey Sanctuary
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Sidmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 of donkeys waiting to meet you, completely free of charge. Explore our exciting new Visitor Centre, Understanding Donkeys Zone and Dr Svendsen’s Hut, and discover just why donkeys are so special. Also enjoy our scenic farm trails, guided tours, outdoor play area, Nature Centre and Maze. Head to the new Gift Shop for donkey-design items for every pocket. When it’s time to take a break, relax in our new family-friendly restaurant, The Kitchen and enjoy freshly prepared dishes using local, ethically sourced produce alongside stunning views over the donkeys paddocks out to the sea. The Donkey Sanctuary was founded as a charity in 1969, by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. Open 365 days a year; entry and parking is free. Dogs on a lead are welcome.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 29 March 2018

plenty of space between tables for push chairs, wheel chairs and dogs, tasty food wonderful view towards the sea and donkeys

Thank Heather H
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Lovely clean place and food really good. Loved the donkeys too!!!
Feel very privileged to see all the good work that is done to help the poor donkeys.

Thank Kenneth D
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

This is especially enjoyable with children and there is a fair amount for them to do other than look at, stroke and squeal with delight at the donkeys!
The donkeys are well cared forand there is generally a talk going on in the main yards to give you a background to where some of them have come from the different natures that's the donkeys reveal and there is the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like.

Thank 108Bubbles
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Have been here many times but this visit surpassed all the others.It has a brand new building housing the cafe, visitor centre, shop and toilets etc. A superb lunch in the cafe at a very reasonable price. There is a beautiful outdoor decking area which looks over the fields and the donkey shed. And as for all the donkeys,what can one say. They all look so happy in their forever home. I will be back again in the summer.

Thank Jenny C
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a visit to this site today, very well and thoughtfully laid out.
Refreshments in the cafe were well priced and very tasty.
Will certainly recommend to friends and family.

Thank 1946Brenda
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