Laurel & Hardy happily grazing

The Donkey Sanctuary


The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth is set in tranquil, unspoilt farmland and countryside, is both pushchair and wheelchair friendly and offers free entry!

The Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary is a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction sure to delight families of all ages. Admission and car parking are free, the Sanctuary considers that, being a charity dependent on the support of the public, visitors should be able to see the work done, free of charge. Of course, if visitors would like to make a donation at the time of visit that would be much appreciated. The Sanctuary is open 365 days a year from 9.00am until dusk.

Meet the Donkeys - there are about 400 donkeys to meet! Some have been rescued following mistreatment or neglect; some are retired beach donkeys; some come to the Sanctuary because their owner's circumstances change, but they all have one thing in common - they are all lovely!

Stroll along the filed walks or ramble down to the sea - easy to follow walk guides are available from the Visitor's Centre. The walks at the main site are wheelchair and pushchair friendly. Other walks are a little more challenging.

Rest a while for a bite to eat - The Hayloft restaurant serves hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks. There are also picnic areas if you prefer to bring your own food.

Buy gifts at the Visitors' Centre - browse in the shop a the range of fun and attractive gifts and stationery items all with a donkey theme, of course!

Adopt a donkey - adopt a specially chosen donkey from The Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children and Donkeys and you'll receive a certificate and regular updates.

Dogs are welcome - but please keep them on a lead.

Walk through the Maze - will you get lost? Can you find your way out without a map?

Learn all about the Sanctuarys' worldwide work - find out more about the work the Sanctuary does in the video room or at the Visitors' Centre.

Visit the nature centre - learn about the beautiful and abundant natural habitat around the Sanctuary.

Activity Days - the Sanctuary runs fun and interactive workshops for children during the school holidays; there is a nominal fee to cover the cost of materials. No booking is required; children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For dates, times and further details please visit the website or give us a call using the contact details below.

Opening times - 365 days a year from 9.00am till dusk.
Restaurant opening times - please call The Hayloft  01395 514996 or visit our website.

Tel: 01395 578222
Fax: 01395 579266
Email: enquiries@the

The Donkey Sanctuary
EX10 0NU

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015