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The Donkey Sanctuary

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Slade House Farm | Sidmouth, Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
+44 1395 578222
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A WONDERFUL PLACE TO VISIT!

Yes it can be a little sad when visiting,however the thrill and enjoyment,and the knowing that... read more

Reviewed yesterday
freddiedoncaster
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doncaster
Brilliant!

We spent at least 3 hours at the Donkey Sanctuary, but could’ve stayed longer. The donkeys allowed... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Shannon S
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London, United Kingdom
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Set along the historic Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our working farm is home to donkeys, mules and hinnies - large and small. Come and say hello to some of the hundreds of donkeys waiting to meet you. There is also the exciting new Understanding Donkeys Zone and Dr Svendsen’s Writing Hut to explore, as well as guided walks, meet the groom sessions twice daily, the Nature Centre, the Maze to lose yourself in and a range of souvenirs to browse in the Gift Shop. When it’s time to take a well-earned break, the Sanctuary’s new family-friendly restaurant, The Kitchen, provides local, ethically sourced food alongside spectacular views over the donkeys paddocks out to the sea. Open 9am - 5pm, daily. The Donkey Sanctuary was founded as a charity in 1969, by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. Open 365 days a year; entry and parking is free. Dogs on a lead are welcome.
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Slade House Farm | Sidmouth, Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Yes it can be a little sad when visiting,however the thrill and enjoyment,and the knowing that these fine four legged friends are in wonderful hands and being looked after so well. It is a definite must to visit whenever you are in the Sidmouth area.

Thank freddiedoncaster
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent at least 3 hours at the Donkey Sanctuary, but could’ve stayed longer. The donkeys allowed us to pet them and scratch behind their ears. They were so friendly and happy! Everything on the grounds is well maintained. The new cafe had just opened,...More

Thank Shannon S
Reviewed 3 days ago

A truly wonderful place to visit!! No charge....just a donation It's lovely just wandering around reading about the donkeys and seeing them all in their happier forever lives, We loved it.

Thank Claire L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just visited the cafe for a drink to warm up on a freezing cold day. Have to say that the Latte and hot chocolate were very very good, probably the best we have had. We also had a yogurt coated fruit flapjack which was...More

Thank sunshinegirlDevon
The Donkey Sanc... S, Visitor Marketing Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting our new restaurant, The Kitchen and we are pleased that you enjoyed the experience - the coffee is actually our own unique blend and is proving very popular with our visitors. We look forward to welcoming you back, perhaps on a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Surprised at how well maintained the fencing, paddocks and barns are. So much fresh clean bedding also. A wonderful day out and not at tall tacky or diverted from the valuable purpose of the Sanctuary.More

Thank Katie M
The Donkey Sanc... S, Visitor Marketing Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to visit us and for leaving such a lovely review. The Donkey Sanctuary works tirelessly to improve the welfare of donkeys and mules here and around the world as well as the communities that rely on them, and it...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sadly when we visited the weather wasn’t great and therefore the gorgeous donkeys weren’t very cooperative, hiding inside. The new Visitor Centre looks very impressive but was obviously not finished and sadly there was no information as to when it would be. I would recommend...More

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The Donkey Sanc... S, Visitor Marketing Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting despite the unkind weather and I am sorry to hear that you were left disappointed. Donkeys originate from warm, arid areas and most therefore prefer to stay in the comfort of their shelters during poor weather, but we do offer the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've not been here for a couple of years and this time we were only really there to make a donation on our way home. Wow what a difference a couple of years make! Loads of improvements - a very large modern restaurant was where...More

Thank gizmo2brian
The Donkey Sanc... S, Visitor Marketing Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting; it is pleasing to hear that you enjoyed your visit and the improvements we have made. The building work you refer to is our new Visitor Centre which opens at the end of this month and we hope you'll come back...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You get there and free parking, no charge for entry and you can spend the whole day there, a pleasure great staff lots of room and you can take your dog to have a day out too. Plenty of room to wonder round the different...More

Thank Ve L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was an interesting place to visit and to read all the information about the welfare of these animals. I enjoyed seeing them up close and seeing their names on their collars, but as a wheelchair user my journey was fraught. The Sanctuary is on...More

Thank Janet C
The Donkey Sanc... S, Visitor Marketing Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to visit the sanctuary and I am pleased to hear you enjoyed meeting our donkeys. It is however disappointing to hear of your difficulties navigating around the sanctuary. I appreciate the sanctuary's location among the rolling hills of East...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on New Year's Day. Adopted a donkey as a gift for our son at Christmas so went to visit. Friendly staff member told us where to find the donkey and warned us it was very muddy. We had missed the time to meet her,...More

Thank DevonPetal
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rhodo
12 October 2017|
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Response from The Donkey Sanc... S | Property representative |
Hi Lyn, In answer to your question - yes, we have lots planned for Christmas! Firstly, we have our fabulously festive Christmas Fair on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November, where Santa will be visiting with his reindeer... More
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Maurigal
25 September 2017|
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Response from sandsreed | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are. People had their dogs with them & there are many footpaths for walking throughout the grounds. It's a lovely place to spend a couple of hours, no admission charge, & a nice cafe with a view!
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gfcosgrove59
5 June 2017|
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Response from Josh H | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jill, While I cannot remember his name I believe they where the blankets to protect their coat, the donkeys in the main barn are the few that come out into the courtyard and are shown around to the public and can be... More
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