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The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth

#1 of 60 in Wildlife in Devon
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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  • Due to Covid restrictions only part of the Sanctuary is now open. precautions were good - sinks for hand washing were available as you went in. Time slots for entrance had to be booked so that not...  more »
  • We were so lucky that the Donkey Sanctuary had just reopened after being shut due to Covid 19. We had not visited for some years but love this place as we are very fond of donkeys and I had a pet....  more »
  • What a wonderful morning out followed by a very nice lunch in the restaurant. Very orderly and safe the whole time. It was a Monday morning local term time so not busy which was nice. The donkeys...  more »
  • I love the donkey sanctuary. They have lots of donkeys that you can sponsor (I’ve sponsored Zena). They have signs to tell you the different donkeys in each field or stall. Underneath the picture of them, they have the name, number and a little bit about them. There is also a tearoom which do very nice cheese scones and cakes with cream filling. Overall, I think the donkey sanctuary is a great place to visit.
  • Lovely place. Really friendly and informative staff. My little girl loved petting the Donkeys. Refreshments are a bit pricey but you have to expect it to be fair as its free entry. Would definitely come back 👌🏿
  • Great place to visit. It's free to get in, tons of donkeys, smart new cafe/facilities, woodland to walk around, abundance of picnic spots and a decent maze; super relaxed. Great to learn about the charity and all the great work they do around the world. Honestly, when Lyme aquarium can charge £20+ for two adults and two kids to see some crabs in a manky tank, this place is a breath of fresh air. Well worth donating/adopting for the pleasure and/or buying something in the gift shop.
  • Wow! Visited while on holiday after a recommendation from my parents last year. Very easy to find as well signposted. Free to park and enter with donation boxes stationed around the park. Had a wonderful cream tea in the cafe, place was absolutely spotless and very reasonable prices, plenty of seating. Lots of benches around the park too. The donkeys & mules are so cute, have lots of character and are clearly well looked after, cared for and loved. Rather big place, lots to get around and see & do. Also very easy to get around with my nan in her wheelchair, everywhere was accessible for her. Toilets were spotless. Gift ship also wonderful, lots of great things to buy and all profits go towards running the sanctuary and continuing the work they do, which was explained in lots of detail in the video room. Definitely worth the visit and will definitely be back when down this way again! Thank you for a great day out!
  • A lovely place to go and take children. Lots to see and do and amazing that it is free entry. Spent the whole day here and still didn't have time to get it all done. Fabulous maze there and trail for the children to follow. Will definitely go back for another visit.

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