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The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth

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#1 of 44 in Wildlife in Devon
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. Add The Donkey Sanctuary to your Sidmouth travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Sidmouth day trip planning website .
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  • This is especially enjoyable with children and there is a fair amount for them to do other than look at, stroke and squeal with delight at the donkeys! The donkeys are well cared forand there is gener...  more »
  • Have been here many times but this visit surpassed all the others.It has a brand new building housing the cafe, visitor centre, shop and toilets etc. A superb lunch in the cafe at a very reasonable pr...  more »
  • Enjoyed a visit to this site today, very well and thoughtfully laid out. Refreshments in the cafe were well priced and very tasty. Will certainly recommend to friends and family.  more »
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  • Free parking and entry. With that i didnt expect that much, however i was pleasantly surprised. Lots of donkeys as you would expect and well looked after. I thought this was just a local thing but you soon discover they help donkeys all over the world. The facilities this place has is surprising. The food hall is very modern and nice and reasonably priced. I went with my 7 and 4 year old and they had fun. Half a day is plenty of time to visit.
  • Look its free. Its clean. Modern. Well laid our ample parking good restaurant. Would I drive an hour to go again? No. Worth a visit for couple of hours with kids? Yes once only. Beware the large donkey he bites! Do not stand on the fence he will eat your feet! Donkeys looked happy.
  • Great place to spend a few hours with the children . So much to see with a lovely Nature Trail walk through the woods , play area & of course loads of donkeys all looking well cared for . The Sanctuary is extremely well run, everywhere was clean & well tended. There is even hand washing facilities in the main barn where a lot of donkeys were but they were able to go outside whenever they want . There were also loads of donkeys in the surrounding fields. There is a fabulous cafe catering for all tastes even an area to sit outside . A new visitors centre is currently being built . Entry & parking is free . Well worth a visit.
  • Great place for families. It's free. The donkeys have such a sad face but the donkeys are so well looked after. Clean and very tidy place. Worth a visit.
  • Great place to visit for all the family. Great cafe overlooking the donkeys in the fields. Gardens are beautiful, the maze is great fun. Parking is easy and plentiful. Places to eat a packed lunch. Its just great there. Remember to donate thought as its free to go in. They should charge really, people wouldn't mind as its such a great cause !

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