No trip to East Devon is complete without visiting The Donkey Sanctuary.
There’s a tranquil corner of the Jurassic Coast near Sidmouth that hundreds of donkeys call home, and they’re all waiting to meet you.
This free-to-visit, award-wining attraction has something special to offer, whether you’re looking for quality time with the kids, or somewhere calming to kick back with coffee and cake.
Explore everything the sanctuary has to offer, from award-winning gardens and scenic coast path walks to engaging exhibits and losing yourself in the maze – all year round, whatever the weather. With activities, trails, tours and talks, there’s so much to explore with your own herd. Friendly dogs on leads are welcome too! And there’s lots of family events and donkey experiences throughout the year, including overnight camping if you fancy a ‘Bray and Stay’!
Take sanctuary in the Taste of the West award-winning restaurant and enjoy fresh, local, seasonal produce while soaking in the unparalleled coast and country views. Hearty breakfasts, luscious lunches and tempting afternoon treats are dished up daily – best served with friends, family and fabulous views.
You can even adopt your own donkey in the Gift Shop, where you’ll also find quality donkey design products on every shelf. What’s more, every penny of profit goes towards helping millions of donkeys and mules around the world.
Since its humble origins as a charity in 1969, The Donkey Sanctuary has grown from a UK organisation rescuing donkeys from neglect and abuse, into an international animal welfare advocate, transforming the lives of these hardworking animals and the people who depend on them for their livelihood.
Open daily from 9am, 365 days a year*, admission and parking are free, though donations are welcome to help many more donkeys with troubled pasts live a life of total sanctuary.
*The visitor centre, restaurant and gift shop are closed on Christmas Day.