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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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bring lady for the 1st time

i have been coming to the donkeys sanctuary for over 35 years (yes that makes me 72)and i have... read more

Reviewed today
Lady-ben M
Great attraction, especially being free

We visited with our 2.5yr old daughter and she loved seeing so many donkeys and getting close... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Emma H
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  • Average3%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Slade House Farm | Sidmouth, Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
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Reviewed today

i have been coming to the donkeys sanctuary for over 35 years (yes that makes me 72)and i have always brought my dogs with me so yesterday 19 sept 2017 we brought lady for the first time as we only rescued her on 11 july...More

Thank Lady-ben M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited with our 2.5yr old daughter and she loved seeing so many donkeys and getting close enough to stroke them. We stopped off after spending the day at Sidmouth beach, turned out we could have done with longer at the sanctuary as there's plenty...More

Thank Emma H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went here whilst on holiday in dawlish and some of the ratings implied dont expect too much but my family and parents spent over 4 hours here enjoying the animals and wonderful scenery and grounds . Was very surprised it was free to get in...More

Thank Christopher L
Reviewed yesterday

A great visit - we did not realise it was free until we got there so an added bonus. Wonderful that you can take your dogs and they are welcome in the restaurant . I had not visited for quite a few years and was...More

Thank Topsy37
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited the sanctuary yesterday and the new restaurant. Surprised at the high end pricing and this is a move away from the previous type of food on offer. Obviously by maximizing the cost/retail ratio that means more profit and more monies that can go to...More

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I love donkeys and I adore the Sidmouth Donkey Santuary. We try to visit at least twice year and the sanctuary has undergone many changes over the years. We have been very excited to see & experience the new restaurant. Unfortunately we were very disappointed....More

Thank Sundancespirit1
tds_uk, Visitor Marketing Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

I am sorry to hear your disappointment of our new restaurant after taking the time to visit us and our lovely donkeys. The new menu has been carefully created using local, ethically sourced ingredients while being mindful of pricing for our visitors, which is on...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Took my toddler along with granny to visit the Donkey Sanctuary. I was very glad it was free to get in, if we had paid I think I would have been very disappointed. As it was we found the whole visit very underwhelming. They are...More

Thank ZuluDelta
tds_uk, Visitor Marketing Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

I am sorry to hear of your disappointment after taking the time to visit us. As you note, we are currently making substantial changes to the site, which will include a new interactive interpretation centre and visitor centre. These areas are due to complete in...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Such a good day out but I wished we had taken a picnic for our family as the cafe was not cheap and that day service was slow.Donkeys delight, and so well cared for.Did the cafe have to be so large though.Nice dog friendly place.More

Thank jennys472017
tds_uk, Visitor Marketing Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for visiting us and I am sorry to hear that you believe the restaurant to be expensive. Our menu has been created using local, ethically sourced ingredients while being mindful of pricing, which is on a par with local restaurants, so we feel...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the Sanctuary and have been before. The staff and customer service is excellent. The restaurant serves good quality food and drinks. You can stroke the donkeys and this is great for children and adults of all ages. Would highly...More

Thank sarahkJ2331NZ
Reviewed 4 days ago

The sanctuary is a good place for family's with the free entry, However we tried the restaurant which is new, the service was very slow and it was not very busy.The sandwich we had was very, very dry it had to be returned, but to...More

Thank rod e
tds_uk, Visitor Marketing Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback and I am sorry to hear that your experience of our new restaurant, The Kitchen, was less than satisfactory. I have discussed your concerns with the restaurant team and they are being addressed, ensuring we continue to improve the service...More

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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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MerryWales
23 February 2017|
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Response from tds_uk | Property representative |
Hello, Ruby is located in New Barn on Main Yard at our Sidmouth Sanctuary. A member of our team will be able to introduce you to Ruby at 11am and 2.50pm, though you are welcome to visit her at any time. For more... More
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Jenny C
22 January 2017|
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Response from Kim R |
The donkey snactuary is free of charge The sidmouth hopper will not be running. But the AVMT Buses route 899 will be running it goes from Sidmouth to Seaton via the donkey sanctuary. It takes approx 11mins from Sidmouth... More
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