The Donkey Sanctuary

Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

Tel: 01395 578222

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Bring out the best in your herd

No trip to Devon is complete without visiting The Donkey Sanctuary. 

There’s a tranquil corner of the Jurassic Coast near Sidmouth that hundreds of donkeys call home, and they’re all waiting to meet you. 

This free-to-visit, award-wining attraction has something special to offer, whether you’re looking for quality time with the kids, or somewhere calming to kick back with coffee and cake. 

Explore everything the sanctuary has to offer - all year round, whatever the weather. With activities, trails, tours, talks and demonstrations, there’s so much to explore with your own herd. Friendly dogs on leads are welcome too! 

Take sanctuary in the Taste of the West award-winning restaurant and enjoy fresh, local, seasonal produce while soaking in the unparalleled coast and country views. Luscious lunches and tempting afternoon treats are dished up daily - best served with friends, family and fabulous views. 

You can even adopt your own donkey in the Gift Shop, where you’ll also find quality donkey design products on every shelf. What’s more, every penny of profit goes towards helping millions of donkeys and mules around the world. 

Make the day your own, but above all else, fall in love with the herds of donkeys. 

Since its humble origins as a charity in 1969, The Donkey Sanctuary has grown from a UK organisation rescuing donkeys from neglect and abuse, into an international animal welfare advocate, transforming the lives of these hardworking animals and the people who depend on them for their livelihood. 

From 17 May the sanctuary is open 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm. Admission and parking is free, though donations are welcome to help many more donkeys with troubled pasts live a life of total sanctuary.

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Adult - Donations WelcomeFree
Child - Donations WelcomeFree

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



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      Road Directions

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

      Public Transport Directions

      By bus Bus stops are located within easy walking distance for the 899 Axe Valley Mini Travel and 9A Stagecoach (Exeter - Seaton). 

      By train Honition is the nearest station, located 10 miles from the sanctuary.

      By bike Cyclist will find the sanctuary on Route 2 of the National Cycle Network.

      By foot From the South West Coast Path, take a short detour to the sanctuary at Weston Mouth.



      • Gift Shop


      • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
      • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
      • Assistance Dogs
      • Facilities for the Disabled
      • Guide Dogs Permitted
      • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
      • Ramp/Level Access
      • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

      Attraction Facilities

      • Shop
      • Tea Rooms


      • On-Site café/restaurant - Seating 200 inside, 40 outside.
      • Picnic Site

      Children & Infants

      • Facilities for children

      COVID-19 Response

      • 1m distancing in place
      • 2m distancing in place
      • Capacity limit
      • Clear signage
      • Contactless payment possible
      • COVID-19 measures in place
      • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
      • COVID-19 staff training completed
      • Face mask essential (not provided)
      • Face masks required for staff in public areas
      • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
      • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions - Take away also available
      • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
      • Hygiene screens in place
      • Interactive displays closed
      • One way system
      • Open now
      • Outside seating
      • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
      • Queuing system
      • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
      • Socially distanced spaced seating
      • Staff required to regularly wash hands

      Establishment Features

      • Dog Friendly
      • Dogs Accepted - Dogs on leads welcome
      • Electric Car charging point
      • Event venue
      • Event Venue
      • Free car parking
      • On-site parking or valet parking
      • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
      • Open All Year
      • Picnic Area
      • Shop
      • Tea / Coffee Shop
      • Toilets
      • Wedding Venue

      Event Facilities

      • Free Entry

      Key Features

      • Families
      • In countryside
      • No Smoking Attraction
      • Outdoor Attraction
      • Weddings

      Parking & Transport

      • On Bus Route
      • On site parking
      • Parking (free)

      Payment Methods

      • All major credit cards accepted
      • American Express accepted
      • Contactless payment accepted
      • Delta accepted
      • Maestro accepted
      • MasterCard accepted
      • Solo accepted
      • Special group rates
      • Visa accepted

      Specialist Features

      • Family Fun
      • Marketed towards families

      Tours and Demonstrations

      • Demonstrations Given
      • Educational Visits Accepted

      Travel & Trade

      • Wi-fi available

      Opening Times

      Open Christmas
      Open New Year
      The Donkey Sanctuary (17 May 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
      Monday - Sunday09:00 - 05:00*

      * *The Donkey Sanctuary is closed Christmas Day

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


      • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2019
      • Devon TourismVisit Devon Awards - Silver Visit Devon Awards - Silver 2019
      • Regional and MiscellaneousVisit Devon Awards – Gold – 2018 Visit Devon Awards – Gold – 2018 2018
      • Regional and MiscellaneousSouth West Tourism Excellence Award 2018- 2019 – Bronze South West Tourism Excellence Award 2018- 2019 – Bronze 2019
      • Devon TourismDevon's Top Attractions Quality Stamp 2019 Devon's Top Attractions Quality Stamp 2019 2019
      • Regional and MiscellaneousMuddy Stilettos – Winner – 2019 Muddy Stilettos – Winner – 2019 2019
      • Regional and MiscellaneousPrimary Times Family (Half Day) Attraction Winner – Devon – 2019 Primary Times Family (Half Day) Attraction Winner – Devon – 2019 2019
      • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor Certification of Excellence – Hall of Fame – 2019 TripAdvisor Certification of Excellence – Hall of Fame – 2019 2019
      • Regional and MiscellaneousTaste of the West – Gold – 2019/2020 Taste of the West – Gold – 2019/2020 2019
      • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
      • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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