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The Donkey Sanctuary

Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

Tel: 01395 578222

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Donkey Sanctuary


One of the top ten 'Best Family Days Out in Devon' - The Telegraph, 2016.

The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth, in Devon, is a registered charity working around the world protecting donkeys and promoting their welfare worldwide.

Its main site, Slade House Farm, provides permanent refuge to over 500 donkeys. Many have been neglected or unwanted, whilst others have come from loving homes for a secure future, perhaps due to health reasons, for companionship, or the owner’s circumstances may have changed.

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.

Visitors are therefore free to spend as much time as they wish meeting the donkeys and taking strolls along its unique field walks. Plenty of information about the work of the charity and gifts are available from the Visitors’ Centre, and the Hayloft Restaurant offers a selection of drinks and snacks.

There is also a maze, video room, nature centre and four adorable donkeys to ‘adopt’, along with family picnic areas. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Donations WelcomeFree
Donations WelcomeFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


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Recent Reviews:

  • Kennedymg148
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    A very worthy cause
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 15th December 2017
    A great charity which helps abandoned and mistreated donkeys worldwide. Been a supporter for many years. Read full review
  • marymike2017
    Brixham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Supporting donkeys
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 11th December 2017
    As we have an adopted donkey we visit frequently. Attended the candle light service with our grandsons and found it frightenly crowdedand uncomfortable so went into the restaurant half way through... Read full review
  • boomerangles
    Rotherham, United Kingdom
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    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 10th December 2017
    really enjoyed my visit here had wanted to visit for ages and finally made it loved the donkeys and the cafe was very good too. Read full review


Road Directions

The Sanctuary is situated just 30 minutes from the M5 Junction on the A3052 between Sidford and Seaton. On leaving Sidford follow the brown tourist sign at the top of the hill.

Public Transport Directions

Bus stops are located within easy walking distance for the following services: Axe Valley Mini Travel 899, Stagecoach 52a and the Coastlinx 53/54 Jurassic Coast. If you are on foot, access to the Sanctuary can be found via Weston Mouth on the South West Coast Path whilst cyclists will find us on National Cycle Network route 2.


Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction


  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Guide dogs only inside the restaurant.
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Restaurant seating 50 inside, 70 outside.
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs on leads welcome
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Prior Bookings

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
The Donkey Sanctuary (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
Monday - Sunday09:00 - 17:00*

* Open to Dusk

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


  • Devon TourismDevon's Top Attractions Quality Stamp Devon's Top Attractions Quality Stamp 2017

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