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The Donkey Sanctuary

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Day out with my granddaughter

Free to park, free to get in so money to spend in the gift shop and to put in the collection point... read more

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Great day out

An amazing day out and all free. There was 3 generations of us and we all had super fun Excellent... read more

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“lovely donkeys”(76 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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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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 free attraction adopted donkey all ages few hours lovely visit the barn walk around couple of hours cake cream tea donation
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Free to park, free to get in so money to spend in the gift shop and to put in the collection point near the entrance. Lovely to see so many donkeys enjoying life and being so well cared for. Visitor centre was really nicely laid...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank fionad592
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An amazing day out and all free. There was 3 generations of us and we all had super fun Excellent restaurant reasonably priced gift shop and an amazing maze what more could you want. Staff all very helpful and friendly and knew where all donkeys...More

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

There’s a magical place your on your way there with donkeys a million all under one roof. No not donkeys r us, but the donkey sanctuary. If you like donkeys this is the place for you. Great facilities and loads of donkeys, what’s not to...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank leose13
Reviewed 4 days ago

Friendly staff. Free entry with adequate parking. Our visit was to see our relation's three sponsored donkeys. We ended up sponsoring a donkey ourselves at £36 per year. THe cafe looked good, but we did not use it.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank David B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A gem of a place to visit. Informative, fun, free and interactive - what more could you want!! And a couple of soft toy donkeys to take home, made my girls day !

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Abigailrw
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A brilliant day out for the kids, a wonderful Easter egg hunt organized for the Easter holidays based around the donkeys names. Really great eggs and fun for all the family. We used the cafe which was also very good. Friendly helpful staff and a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Nic P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is place is a must if you are in this part of the world. Immaculate facilities for the cutest creatures in the world. High quality restaurant. Worth it just for that.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank L2845WGpauls
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visit many times a year and sponsor a Donkey too. Met up with friends for my early Birthday get together treat. Full English was ok but bacon hard as rock (there’s crispy and there’s crispy!) and stone cold too. Asked for all three full English...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank judith e
The Donkey Sanc... S, Visitor Marketing Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your continued support and taking the time to provide your feedback after your most recent visit. I am pleased that you regularly enjoy visiting the sanctuary, which makes it all the more distressing to hear that The Kitchen restaurant failed to meet...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

We have visited here twice in the past year,both Sarah and I share a passion for donkeys, and have adopted one, the restaurant is very good and value for money

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A firm favourite that just gets better and better. Whilst at one level a little disappointing not to have the donkeys in the yard I fully respect & agree w the decision. Genuine care & expertise from all involved in the sanctuary & wonderful staff...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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April 1, 2019|
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Response from Lisa M | Reviewed this property |
This is a donkey sanctuary which looks after them after sometimes years of abuse. So no rides, they have had enough of this back breaking work to last a life time.
October 6, 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
July 22, 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