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The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth

(4.7/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web)
More than 500 gentle donkeys welcome you to their home at The Donkey Sanctuary at Slade Farm--the main headquarters of this international charity. Where else can you challenge your children to spot a miniature donkey roaming free in the fields, and pet a gentle giant called a Poitou? Five walking trails accommodate everyone's ability: one leads to a wildflower meadow, another leads you to the nature center, and others are bicycle friendly. Your children will love getting lost in the giant maze, going on a treasure hunt, and picnicking on the farm. Plus, dogs are permitted. There's no entrance fee, but you're encouraged to contribute at any of the donation boxes scattered throughout the grounds. Another delicious way to contribute is by eating breakfast, lunch, or a snack at Hayloft Restaurant, since they donate all of their proceeds to the sanctuary. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to The Donkey Sanctuary and many more Sidmouth attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Sidmouth vacation generator.
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  • Great place to visit for all things Donkey! The donkeys are all well cared for and seem happy and content. Good invigorating walks round all the paddocks and a visit to the giant (but very gentle) Pou...  more »
  • Having been to the donkey sanctuary lots and lots the main attraction are always far more welcoming than the staff.  more »
  • Enjoyed an hour or so with children aged 4 and 7. They had put on activities for Easter which were good and kids loved opportunity to groom the donkeys in the yard. Downside though was confusing layou...  more »
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  • Great place to visit when in the area. Free Entry so you can pop in for short visits. CafĂ© serves great food and very reasonable prices and the gift shop is well stocked. We don't have kids but we still love to pop in and see the Donkeys on our way through.
  • Had a lovely time here lots of well cared for donkeys, information on the history of the place and how the project is moving forwards. The sanctuary is under big building construction but this didn't effect our visit. Has picnic areas and a good restaurant. Entry is free with donation boxes placed everywhere to help with continuation of there excellent work.
  • Went here for a friend's wedding, what an amazing day. Staff were helpful and polite, the donkeys, adorable. Would definitely visit again (to see our adopted donkey!)
  • Excellent attraction to take the kids to. Free entry. Great Cafe. Been lots of times. We went to the Christmas Carol concert and it was brilliant.. The whole place was lit up with thousands of candles, there was a brass band playing all the classics.
  • Such an amazing tranquil place with the world's most gentle and kind creatures living a happy peaceful life. Such a perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. And such a beautiful location. A must visit!!