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The Donkey Sanctuary

#1 of 26 things to do in Sidmouth Features Animals
Slade House Farm | Sidmouth, Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
+44 1395 578222
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Great place to visit (and free!!!)

As regular visitors to Dismount, the Donkey Sanctuary is always on the visit list. Spend an hour or... read more

Reviewed August 18, 2016
Terry C
via mobile
Great place to visit

My wife has been collecting money for the Donkey Sanctuary for some time, so we decided to visit... read more

Reviewed August 17, 2016
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Slade House Farm | Sidmouth, Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
+44 1395 578222
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Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

As regular visitors to Dismount, the Donkey Sanctuary is always on the visit list. Spend an hour or all day depending on what you want to do. Hundreds of donkeys to look at and stroke. Very nice cafe. Gift shop. Made for the kids both...More

Thank Terry C
Reviewed August 17, 2016

My wife has been collecting money for the Donkey Sanctuary for some time, so we decided to visit. The place was a joy to visit clean and tidy and even with building work no problems getting around. It was so nice to see the donkeys...More

Thank Paultitmu
Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely wonderful!! A lot more there than we expected, gorgeous meadows full of donkies, a little play park, nice walks and picnic areas. The maze was impossible though! Try as we might, we had no luck! Loved the buildings with the history of the sanctuary,...More

Thank Samantha F
Reviewed August 17, 2016

We have visited this attraction a few times and enjoy the views, the food and watching the Donkeys. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and let you know about the different personalities of the donkeys. If you're stuck for something to keep the children...More

Thank rustygrecian
Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

The Donkey Sanctuary is such a great relaxing place. It is obvious how relaxed and happy the donkeys are and how well they are looked after. The whole sanctuary is very well taken care of and such a worthy cause. A great day out highlighting...More

Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our time at the Donkey sanctuary. Lots of parking and entrance was free. The donkeys are very well looked after and seem very happy. We loved walked around the sanctuary and thought the volunteers were very helpful.

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Reviewed August 15, 2016

Grandchildren loved this place, the donkeys, and being able to get 'up close and personal' with several donkeys in the main yard. There was a great deal of walking between fields with local roads between some areas, beware if you have walking difficulties. There are...More

Thank surreysue2016
Reviewed August 15, 2016

We took our oldest granddaughter who is a big animal lover like ourselves to see the donkeys. She loved every minute of the experience from grooming the donkeys to just stroking them. The donkey carers were brilliant with the children showing them the donkeys. The...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed August 15, 2016

Great donkeys, walks and cake! And the first 2 were free so felt i really needed to eat the (very good) cake!

Thank jmsmr
Reviewed August 15, 2016

My grand children loved being able to stroke the donkeys but I was a little disappointed as we understood there were about 600 donkeys at the sanctuary and we maybe saw 50, the others seemed to be spread out over many acres.More

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tds_uk, Comms team at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this review

Many thanks for dropping in to see us. We do have hundreds of donkeys that reside at the main Sanctuary (Slade House Farm) and Trow Farm which backs onto the main Sanctuary. Donkeys need quite a lot of space (a pair of donkeys require one...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
We are hoping to visit ruby a week Saturday. Will we be able to meet HER?
February 23, 2017|
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Response from tds_uk | Property representative |
Hello, Ruby is located in New Barn on Main Yard at our Sidmouth Sanctuary. A member of our team will be able to introduce you to Ruby at 11am and 2.50pm, though you are welcome to visit her at any time. For more... More
Jenny C
Price to get into donkey sanotary and dose the hopper bus run in autumn half term
January 22, 2017|
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Response from Kim R |
The donkey snactuary is free of charge The sidmouth hopper will not be running. But the AVMT Buses route 899 will be running it goes from Sidmouth to Seaton via the donkey sanctuary. It takes approx 11mins from Sidmouth... More
Joan N
can you feed the donkeys
December 29, 2016|
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Response from tds_uk | Property representative |
Apologies for the delayed response. As others have already stated, we do not allow visitors to feed the donkeys. This allows us to carefully manage their diets (including how much grass they eat) and prevent bad habits from... More