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The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

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Great place for young children

Fun place to take the kids. Charity so does ask for donations and you see where the money goes... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Marie S
Wroxall, United Kingdom
Wonderful place even in the cold

What a wonderful place. There are loads of donkeys and small horses to see. The staff are do... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Donkey Sanctuary - providing homes for unwanted and rescued animals. Carrying out educational work with schools and donkey therapy in residential settings.
Lower Winstone Farm St. Johns Road | Wroxall, Ventnor PO38 3AA, England
+44 1983 852693
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All reviews shetland ponies lovely donkeys love donkeys lovely place bric a brac charity shop animal lovers free entry a wonderful job isle of wight free attraction no charge small shop keep up the good work couple of hours worth a visit lovely visit
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Fun place to take the kids. Charity so does ask for donations and you see where the money goes! Well worth a visit with or with our children!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Marie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful place. There are loads of donkeys and small horses to see. The staff are do friendly and there is loads of information about these well kept animals. The cafe is cosy and has a great choice. Lots of petting opportunities for the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Big car park, lovely coffee & gift shop, loads of useful information boards, clean and well kept. With special thanks to the very helpful staff member who took us around and, without any sense of rush, explained so much. Thank you

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BabsInsights
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting the IOW Donkey Sanctuary is a very pleasant way to spend some time, even on a cold January morning. They have a large herd of obviously well-cared-for donkeys. It was very cold so they were indoors - but we could still get up close...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LPG67
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank Derek and all of the lovely staff at the donkey sanctuary. I organized a trip to the sanctuary as it was my sons birthday and he is obsessed with donkeys. Derek helped me with everything,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank LeilaRutherford
Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

This is a great place for a day out, we all loved it including our dogs who loved meeting all the donkeys. The facilities are top class and the staff very friendly, can't believe it is free admission so make sure you adopt a donkey...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Dacross76
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

Beautiful, well looked after donkeys, who appeared content. The animals have lots of space to move around, including inside and outside areas. Couldn’t believe how friendly most of them were, coming over to you instantly, wanting affection. Staff in the cafe were friendly and welcoming,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank 916stephl
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

My aunty died at almost 90 and she had supported the isle of Wight donkey sanctuary since it began well over 40 yrs ago. Most of the donkey are ex beach ride donkeys. When they cannot safely carry children they are put down The donkey...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank A3303XQpaulh
Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

This is a hidden gem Free entry although you are encouraged to make a donation and we certainly did. Lots of different 4 legged friends (not just donkeys). Well cared for happy animals. If you don't have transport you can very easily get there on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank darrenw893
Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

We love the donkey sanctuary - have adopted a few over the years. Donkeys are well cared for, staff friendly - just a great place to visit. Will be back in the summer.

Date of experience: December 2018
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28 December 2018|
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Response from 05132015 | Reviewed this property |
Hi i am so sorry i was never notified of your query just found out by accident.We went by Red Funnel and we stayed for a week in Yaverland if you contact me i will give you the ladies mobile number.Your son will love it,It... More
Helen R
1 August 2018|
Response from Helena_Amy_x | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are, on leads. Our dog was a bit freaked out by it all, but you could take him out into the fields for a little way. Overall, I think he quite enjoyed it!
28 March 2018|
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Response from elwick11 | Reviewed this property |
You will probably be shown round (we were as a group) the tour took about an hour but it was wet so most of this time was spent inside the buildings. I believe that there is a small shop which I did not go into, you can... More