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One of the top ten 'Best Family Days Out in Devon' - The Telegraph, 2016.
The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth, in east Devon, is a registered charity working around the world protecting donkeys and promoting their welfare worldwide.
Its main site, Slade House Farm, provides permanent refuge to over 500 donkeys. Many have been neglected or unwanted, whilst others have come from loving homes for a secure future, perhaps due to health reasons, for companionship, or the owner’s circumstances may have changed.
No charge is made for admission or car parking as the Sanctuary considers that, being a charity dependent on the support of the public, visitors should be able to see its work free of charge.
Visitors are therefore free to spend as much time as they wish meeting the donkeys and taking strolls along its unique field walks. Plenty of information about the work of the charity and gifts are available from the Visitors’ Centre, and the Hayloft Restaurant offers a selection of drinks and snacks.
There is also a maze, video room, nature centre and four adorable donkeys to ‘adopt’, along with family picnic areas. Dogs on leads are welcome.
- Free Entry
- In countryside
- Outdoor Attraction
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted - Guide dogs only inside the restaurant.
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking
- On site parking
- Parking (free)
- On-Site café/restaurant - Restaurant seating 50 inside, 70 outside.
- Picnic Site
- American Express accepted
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Solo accepted
- Visa accepted
- Dogs Accepted - Dogs on leads welcome
- Family Fun
Tours and Demonstrations
- Demonstrations Given
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups - Prior Bookings
Map & Directions
The Sanctuary is situated just 30 minutes from the M5 Junction on the A3052 between Sidford and Seaton. On leaving Sidford follow the brown tourist sign at the top of the hill.
Public Transport Directions
Bus stops are located within easy walking distance for the following services: Axe Valley Mini Travel 899, Stagecoach 52a and the Coastlinx 53/54 Jurassic Coast. If you are on foot, access to the Sanctuary can be found via Weston Mouth on the South West Coast Path whilst cyclists will find us on National Cycle Network route 2.
- Devon Tourism Devon's Top Attractions Quality Stamp 2017
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|The Donkey Sanctuary (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|
* Open to DuskDates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change