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The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary

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TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    2537
  • Very Good
    464
  • Average
    109
  • Poor
    30
  • Terrible
    19

Recent Reviews:

  • CarolHurley
    Wombourne, United Kingdom
    DONKEYS GALORE
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th August 2019
    We stayed in a chalet right next to the Donkey Sanctuary and explored some of the fields after hours in the evenings. It was really peaceful as we saw some of the donkeys without in their very... Read full review
  • lesleyturner59
    Caterham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    The best things are free!!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th August 2019
    This is the second time we have visited this wonderfully happy place located in a stunning part of Devon. It’s free to go in, has a huge free car park and a large cafe with a great choice of... Read full review
  • jtaylor857
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Really enjoyable visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th August 2019
    Really enjoyed a 2 hour trip to the donkey sanctuary. Haven't visited for 20 years. Took disabled mother in wheelchair and 2 teen Autistic children. Very relaxing, all really enjoyed. Donkeys were... Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop
  • Tea Rooms

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site
  • Restaurant - Seating 230 inside, plus 40 outside

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children Over 3 - All children/ages welcome
  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Dog Friendly
  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs on leads welcome
  • Free car parking
  • On-site coach parking
  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Open All Year
  • Picnic Area
  • Shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 3-4 hours
  • Families
  • Groups
  • In countryside
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction - With some indoor attractions (Visitor Centre, Exhibition Barn, Understanding Donkeys Zone, The Kitchen restaurant, Gift Shop, Dr Svendsen’s Hut).
  • Weddings

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Booking essential - Pre-booking required for discounted group menu packages.
  • Cash & Cheque accepted
  • Contactless payment accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 10 for discounted group menu packages
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Wi-fi available

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Video

  • Visit The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Satnav users can enter the postcode EX10 0NU

The sanctuary is situated just 13 miles from Junction 30 of the M5 on the A3052 between Sidford and Seaton. On leaving Sidford follow the brown tourist sign at the top of the hill. The A35 and the A30 also serve East Devon and the Jurassic Coast.

The sanctuary’s car park includes a coach park lane with parking for 3 coaches, with drop off outside the main walkway to the entrance (both ramp and stairs). Group visits need to be booked in advance.

There are also 14 disabled parking spaces to allow accessibility to the sanctuary for wheelchair users.

There are two free electric car charging points, which you can use by requesting a free one hour token from the Visitor Centre.

Public Transport Directions

Bus stops are located within easy walking distance for the following services: 899 Axe Valley Mini Travel, Stagecoach 9A (Exeter – Seaton).

The sanctuary is bike friendly and sits on Route 2 of the National Cycle Network. The route between Sidmouth and Lyme Regis passes Trow Farm on Dunscombe Lane. Continue on Dunscombe Lane, crossing over the roundabout, until you reach the sanctuary's main visitor entrance. There is a bike rack (uncovered) at the main entrance.

The sanctuary is located along the South West Coast Path between Sidmouth and Branscombe. At Weston Mouth, follow the steps north towards the sanctuary where you will see the National Trust's interpretation of the Weston Potato Plats. The footpath will take you past the Field of Dreams and the Nature Centre, towards the heart of the sanctuary.

Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU
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Opening Times

Season (1 Mar 2019 - 31 Oct 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:00 - 17:00

* Visitor Centre, Restaurant and Gift Shop closed Christmas Day.

Awards

  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2019
  • Devon TourismDevon's Top Attractions Quality Stamp Devon's Top Attractions Quality Stamp 2017
  • Regional and MiscellaneousPrimary Times Reader Star Awards – 2018 Primary Times Reader Star Awards – 2018 2018
  • Regional and MiscellaneousVisit Devon Tourism awards - Gold Visit Devon Tourism awards - Gold 2018
  • Regional and MiscellaneousSouth West Tourism Excellence Award 2018- 2019 – Bronze South West Tourism Excellence Award 2018- 2019 – Bronze 2019
  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor Certification of Excellence – Hall of Fame – 2018 TripAdvisor Certification of Excellence – Hall of Fame – 2018 2018
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMuddy Stilettos – Winner – 2018 Muddy Stilettos – Winner – 2018 2018
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTaste of the West – Gold – 2018/2019 Taste of the West – Gold – 2018/2019 2018

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