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The Donkey Sanctuary

Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

Tel: 01395 578222

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Donkey Sanctuary

About

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.

TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    1749
  • Very Good
    333
  • Average
    74
  • Poor
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  • Terrible
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Recent Reviews:

  • YORKYG
    Darlington, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    make friends
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 22nd July 2017
    Great day out lots to see and do, covers a large area so have good shoes and get around it all. No charge to enter but they deserve a good donation its worth it Read full review
  • Lisa W
    west Midlands
    Special place
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 21st July 2017
    We planned our holiday to Devon, especially to visit here and we wasn't disappointed. The donkeys are beautiful, we are all donkey lovers so a little biased. It was a glorious day weather wise, so... Read full review
  • crystalslug
    Farnborough, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Lovely Attraction
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 21st July 2017
    There are a lot of Donkeys, not in small enclosures. Lovely walks around the paddocks, lovely new tea rooms (recommend the Victoria Sponge!) The maze is great fun, lots of information about how the... Read full review

Directions

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.

Facilities

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Accessibility

  • 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)

Catering

  • 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)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:00 - 17:00*

* Open to Dusk

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

Awards

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

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