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The Donkey Sanctuary

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Closed Now: 09:00 - 16:00
Open today: 09:00 - 16:00
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Spring Annual Visit

Lovely to see the donkeys so well cared for. Great place to visit with family and young children... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Stow-on-the-Wold, United Kingdom
well worth the visit

I had recently adopted 2 Donkeys one was a gift to my husband. Its a good day out there and a nice... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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“lovely donkeys”(75 reviews)
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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:00
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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 yesterday

Lovely to see the donkeys so well cared for. Great place to visit with family and young children, free entry for all, good open spaces to walk and surfaces good for wheelchairs. New restaurant with fantastic views and good coffee

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had recently adopted 2 Donkeys one was a gift to my husband. Its a good day out there and a nice visitor centre. a female french staff member helped us find our Donkeys and she was very helpful. We were amazed that they don't...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Free entry, beautiful countryside and donkeys. Although, not always as many as you’d expect on view. The large onsite cafe is excellent; serving fabulous coffee and cakes, plus lunch and breakfast menu’s. Views out over the donkey paddocks, countryside and coast. Large gift shop, with...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I hate that I didn’t really enjoy this place as I have massive love for the charity aspect and how well intended this place is. It’s nicely done and well presented with a great nod to the founder and the history. “They are so tranquil...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank tomatohunter
The Donkey Sanc... S, Visitor Marketing Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for visiting the sanctuary and providing your feedback. I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit as much as you had hoped; while we do aim to provide a great day out for all the family, our visitor experience...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

The donkey sanctuary is a must visit place if you are in the area especially if you have children with you. The good work they do is well explained and you are free to roam around the sanctuary and see what they do for the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank John R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely ladies on the front desk welcoming and informative. The donkeys had lots of space to choose from in the barn, paddock and field. They were totally free to go up to people to say hello or not. Wrap up warm on a chilly day!...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jamielills22
Reviewed 5 days ago

No entry charge! Very nice cafe. Grandchildren loved the maze, and of course, the donkeys are adorable!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank devonsue2015
Reviewed 5 days ago

Now that the new restaurant has opened, you can get to enjoy a great visit with the donkeys and have a nice meal. No entry fee makes this a great place to visit with children

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ron P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very enjoyable free day out. A wonderful cafe and great walks and puzzles for the kids. Best when warm outside of course

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Gareth B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the VIP experience, 2 hours meeting the donkeys, grooming them and giving them attention and cuddles - and would highly recommend for anyone who is visiting! The volunteers and staff are amazing, and the donkeys are just the most incredible creatures! Lots of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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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