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The Donkey Sanctuary

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Closed Now: 09:00 - 16:00
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A must

If you are in the area, this is a must. Been several times over the years and always a delight... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ginny D
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Great Work

We pop here from time to time for a short walk and to see the donkeys. When we have visitors we are... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Keith S
Yateley, United Kingdom
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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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Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
+44 1395 578222
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All reviews free entry gift shop lovely donkeys building work lovely place love donkeys adopted donkey free attraction all ages poitou donkeys few hours lovely visit the barn walk around couple of hours cake cream tea
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you are in the area, this is a must. Been several times over the years and always a delight. Seeing how well the donkeys are looked after so lovingly. With a new restaurant and gift shop now open. Even dogs are welcome on leads.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ginny D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We pop here from time to time for a short walk and to see the donkeys. When we have visitors we are always happy taking them there and perhaps having a bite of lunch in the restaurant. The work they do is truly commendable and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Keith S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unable to give a complete review as due to the recent outbreak of equine flu the sanctuary is closed as a precaution. Understandable so we could only view some of them from the road who all looked well looked after. To answer a recent review...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank David P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a lovely sunny day . Entrance is free with free parking, very easy to find. Staff very friendly, super maze for adults and children. Restaurant and coffee shop. All the grounds are immaculate. Donkeys live in paradise down here, they all look in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Steve B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited at the weekend!! A truly special place!! A must see place!! Restaurant served a variety of foods drinks and cakes and snacks!! Lovely shop, and the sanctuary is so lovely, Donkeys so cared for and happy!!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sambrownx
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was amazed and surprised that this sanctuary looks after its visitors with the same care they show the donkeys. The grounds are immaculately maintained - good paths and fences, with well tended flower beds and borders. The car park even has charging points for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Magweena
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The work that the sanctuary do for these donkeys & the way that they look after them is fabulous. The donkeys are well cared for & happy. The new reception & restaurant area is absolutely beautiful, what a gorgeous view out the the windows while...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank AliKM24
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my partner stop here on our way and on our way back from visiting relatives in Cornwall! We have 2 adoption donkeys here- Ruby and Bonnie! Free parking and entry (although donations are greatly recieved!), beautiful surroundings, a maze, lots of informative areas...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HayleyR985
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a spacious and accessible venue with ample free parking. Entry is free but donations are very welcome and well-deserved! The donkeys are the main attraction, of course. There is a modern restaurant with an excellent choice of food and drinks at reasonable prices....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Graham R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always loved going here with my parents when I was little, am glad to see it's still going and that there are many great reviews. It was always a super friendly place to go to and the animals are all well cared for.

Date of experience: February 2018
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6 October 2018|
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Response from 94kathj | Reviewed this property |
Some parts are easily accessible but parts are not as it is rough grass
22 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
22 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