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The Donkey Sanctuary

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Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
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This place is superb, entry is free and they only ask for donations, which is a brave move but a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Petersfield, United Kingdom
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Fabulously kept

Really enjoyed our day, staff friendly and informative, cafe excellent, lovely merchandise in shop... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Paul T
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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
+44 1395 578222
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is superb, entry is free and they only ask for donations, which is a brave move but a nice surprise to be so trusting. It is very well set up with lots of walks around the various paddocks and numerous display boards to...More

Thank ChrisNicholson1967
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really enjoyed our day, staff friendly and informative, cafe excellent, lovely merchandise in shop and the donkeys made the day. Will definitely return.

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

they do amazing job and its a charty and very knowledgable about they do and its got a small maze which is for kids

Thank HLP12
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

During this "flaming"July we picked the one wet day to visit the donkeys. But it did not matter, the donkeys did not seem to mind the rain and ambled over to see us. They are clearly happy and well looked after which, bearing in mind...More

Thank Barbara V
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Free entrance, ample parking, beautiful grounds and many walk trails to choose from. You don’t need to love Donkeys to come to the Sanctuary: going to the Sanctuary helps in looking after these often undermined animals, however it also gives the chance to have a...More

Thank silviastones
Reviewed 4 days ago

Have always wanted to visit here and was not disappointed. The setting is gorgeous and all the donkeys looked to be very well looked after. There is no admission charge but donations are gratefully received. There is a large restaurant serving a variety of delicious...More

Thank randwick1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Place is lovely, donkeys are very well taken care of and the story about this place is wonderful. My only disappointment is the food at the cafe, it’s just blend and overpriced. Will visit again but I’ll make sure I’ll have a decent breakfast before...More

Thank Rosabelle C
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to Sidmouth mainly to see our two adopted donkeys. We found all the donkeys living in excellent accommodation and extremely well treated and obviously well fed which almost makes me wish I was a donkey !!!!!! We were able to see our donkeys...More

Thank monkey7266
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We have been a few times now this year . Such a lovely place to visit for the whole family . Beautiful restaurant/ cafe and all money goes back to donkeys which is fab or there is a picnic area you can can take a...More

Thank stacer24
Reviewed 6 days ago

Always take the grandkids here when they visit, a great time had by all.well worth a visit, they love putting money in the donation boxes.

Thank Lainey J
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Katie M
31 March 2018|
Response from craziequeen |
You can find information on rehoming on the Donkey Sanctuary website.
Santi C
31 March 2018|
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Response from billybear27 | Reviewed this property |
It's open every day except Christmas...
12 October 2017|
Response from The Donkey Sanc... S | Property representative |
Hi Lyn, In answer to your question - yes, we have lots planned for Christmas! Firstly, we have our fabulously festive Christmas Fair on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November, where Santa will be visiting with his reindeer... More