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The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth

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#1 of 75 in Wildlife in Devon
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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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  • Great place to visit and it’s free .. but a donation would be great .. donkeys look well look after .. we had tea for two and a lovely lemon cake .. would visit again when back in sidmouth.. keep... 
    Great place to visit and it’s free .. but a donation would be great .. donkeys look well look after .. we had tea for two and a lovely lemon cake .. would visit again when back in sidmouth.. keep...  more »
  • Lovely Donkeys and the flowers and gardnes are beautiful. Not very wheelchair friendly as there are a lot of steep slopes and gates that are difficult to open. There is a long way to "push" to see... 
    Lovely Donkeys and the flowers and gardnes are beautiful. Not very wheelchair friendly as there are a lot of steep slopes and gates that are difficult to open. There is a long way to "push" to see...  more »
  • What a lovely day out and free to get in and park! .The donkeys were so well cared for and lots loved approaching the fence for a ear scratch and a stroke. Lots of hand cleaning stations. Well laid... 
    What a lovely day out and free to get in and park! .The donkeys were so well cared for and lots loved approaching the fence for a ear scratch and a stroke. Lots of hand cleaning stations. Well laid...  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing place to go. Loads of lovely donkeys everywhere! So many beautiful donkeys. Isn’t a full day out but will occupy you for a good few hours. It is honestly one of the loveliest days out ever. It was even better that we could bring the dog to walk around and the talk was very informative. Really recommend
  • Great place to go for a few hours. Free entry to visit. The kids did the trail which is £5. It seemed pretty popular to take your dog also. Wasn't overly busy when visiting, but can imagine during the holidays / summer months it would get very busy.
  • Love this place so tranquil the donkeys are truly wonderful the staff and volunteers are helpful and very friendly. The restaurant is top quality and reasonable priced. We have been twice this week and enjoyed it more each time. It is free to enter and a great place for kids to run around with lots of flat paths for prams and wheelchairs to access. Don't miss the French donkey D'Artagwith the long hair and the biggest ear's you have ever seen.
  • What a gorgeous place to visit. My late stepdad sponsored the Donkey Sanctuary for a very long time, now I do the same. Plenty of parking (free). I rode my mobility scooter all the way around & didn't struggle. Toilets were spotless. Everywhere was clean & tidy. Very friendly staff.
  • Such a lovely place. My son absolutely loved seeing all the donkeys so close. They are so calm and let you come close to them. He loves to touch animals so that was really lovely. Lovely cafe too with amazing views while to relax. Well worth a visit. We will be visiting many more times.

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