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The Donkey Sanctuary

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Closed Now: 09:00 - 17:00
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Visit to see Bonnie

I have wanted to visit the Sanctuary for a while, I adopt Bonnie. I was immediately impressed with... read more

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Kath J
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Fab place

What a gem. We spent 5 happy hours here. Lots of lovely donkeys to see. Plenty of nice walks around... read more

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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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Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
+44 1395 578222
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have wanted to visit the Sanctuary for a while, I adopt Bonnie. I was immediately impressed with the place, the friendliness of all the staff and wonderful surroundings. I was early so had breakfast in the restaurant, excellent and very good value. The goods...More

Thank Kath J
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a gem. We spent 5 happy hours here. Lots of lovely donkeys to see. Plenty of nice walks around the grounds and down to the sea if you fancy it. We enjoyed the maze too. The tea shop is particularly good. Definitely a place...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A family visit here did not disappoint, after parking, you walk past a field of donkeys then on down to the stables where you can get up close to them as they walk amongst you, you get to know them all by name whilst your...More

Thank vicky73111
Reviewed 2 days ago

Firstly, how can you guys not charge for entrance? Plenty of car parking spaces, but was a little surprised that there were very little signs to get us actually to the Sanctuary, unless it was the way we found it. Anyway, what a lovely greeting,...More

Thank Carol19580916
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We love donkeys so had to visit. We weren’t disappointed. Lots of beautiful donkeys to see all beautifully cared for. Well tended grounds. We were amazed at the free entry and reasonably priced gift shop. Keep an eye out for our favourite Dartanyan!

Thank 6ri66le
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We have visited the Donkey Sanctuary many times over the years; it was a must go place when we visited Dorset and Devon. How things have changed! What drew us back time and time again was the quirkiness, the little nooks and crannies and the...More

Thank Mark A
The Donkey Sanc... S, Visitor Marketing Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for visiting the sanctuary, although I am sorry to hear that you were left feeling disappointed on this occasion. The number of donkeys coming into our care has risen year on year and in order to meet their welfare needs, it was identified...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We’re lucky enough to live near the Donkey Sanctuary so visit regularly to go to the restaurant. The quality and choice of the food is great and the restaurant itself is so much nicer since the re-build. The tables are nicely spaced out so you’re...More

Thank Lightning2502
Reviewed 3 days ago

A love!y feeling to the place, very calming and peaceful, despite some very vocal residents! Good cafe which serves a good breakfast from 9am. Lovely to wander round and see all the donkeys.

Thank Sarah O
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our 5th or 6th visit there and it keeps on getting bigger and better, it is a wonderful place for all ages and totally recommend it for a day trip out. The restaurant is sited so you can have a wonderful view over the fields...More

Thank Si710904
Reviewed 3 days ago

Brought my granddaughter here for the day. She loved it. All of the animals were easily accessible, there were plenty of places to park and it was easy to find. We live approximately an hour away, so it was a nice, easy ride , too....More

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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
Katie M
31 March 2018|
Response from craziequeen |
You can find information on rehoming on the Donkey Sanctuary website.