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“Great fun for little ones”

The Donkey Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Sidmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 of donkeys waiting to meet you. There is also the exciting new Understanding Donkeys Zone and Dr Svendsen’s Writing Hut to explore, as well as guided walks, meet the groom sessions twice daily, the Nature Centre, the Maze to lose yourself in and a range of souvenirs to browse in the Gift Shop. When it’s time to take a well-earned break, the Sanctuary’s new family-friendly restaurant, The Kitchen, provides local, ethically sourced food alongside spectacular views over the donkeys paddocks out to the sea. Open 9am - 5pm, daily. The Donkey Sanctuary was founded as a charity in 1969, by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. Open 365 days a year; entry and parking is free. Dogs on a lead are welcome.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 30 August 2014

Our party of 6 visited on the first day of our holiday in the local area and were really pleased that we made the effort! Our four children loved the option to get hands on and groom a donkey,( I only hope the donkey enjoyed it as much!). We had lunch in the on site restaurant which despite being busy kept the wait for food to an acceptable level. We got lost in the maze - of course, and the younger members of our party eventually made it to the centre through a hedge rather than by the correct avenues! We spent a happy few hours here and will definitely return when next in the area.

Thank 230NikiEB
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

what a great day out took the grandchildren to meet the donkeys. there is so much to do there. a great maze. the children will love it. lots of donkeys. picnic area. find the toy donkeys. family activities. and its all free. free admission. free parking. you don't have make a contribution you will want to after a great day out. a very nice restaurant with good food.

I have lots and lot of photos. gerry

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Reviewed 29 August 2014

Great to see so many happy donkey's ee-awing like mad, lots of space, educational side and a barn style cafe. The cafe was a bit messy however with food on tables and floors and I did find it mildly depressing as there were so many memorials there ( to people), more like a memorial garden in a cemetery in places. Probably says a lot about the English and their willingness to fawn over donkeys and animals rather than give to charities for people however each to their own I guess. Totally free and educational for the kids so very worthwhile for few hours. Worthwhile cause and committed people.

Thank Thedragon22
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

lovely place to visit with really good food in the cafe all profits go to the upkeep of the donkeys. Plus free parking and free hopper bus from sidmouth

Thank snetters2012
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

I have been back again for another visit because the donkeys are just great. There are so many and lots of fields to adventure to and have a look around. On wetter days the donkeys can often be found in the big barn and sometimes they are playful and having some fun together. You used to be able to pet some of the donkeys in the yard and get a little closer to some friendly ones but I notice they had changed this on our last visit and they were in a walled stable area which was a shame, but maybe better for their welfare.
The cafe here is nice and serves some yummy treats and the walk down to the beach is worth doing if you think you have the energy for the climb back up!

Thank Anna W
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