Family enjoys meeting friendly donkey
Boy enjoys a special moment meeting a donkey
Kick back with coffee & cake at The Kitchen restaurant
Family enjoys meeting friendly donkey
Boy enjoys a special moment meeting a donkey
Kick back with coffee & cake at The Kitchen restaurant

The Donkey Sanctuary


Contact information

01395 578222

The Donkey Sanctuary, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, EX10 0NU


Our Facilities

  • Free entry and parking
  • Family friendly
  • Dog friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Gift shop
  • Award-winning gardens
  • Scenic walks
  • Play area
  • Wheelchair access
  • Free Wi-fi

About Us

Planning on visiting the sanctuary during October half term?
Please visit the website to book your free tickets for visits between 24 October – 1 November.

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 – all year round, whatever the weather. With trails, talks and demonstrations, there’s so much to explore with your own herd. Friendly dogs on leads are welcome too!

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 9.30am, 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.


Our Awards

  • Gold Large Attraction of the Year – 2018 Visit Devon Tourism Awards
  • Silver Large Attraction of the Year - 2019 Visit Devon Tourism Awards
  • Bronze Large Attraction of the Year – 2018/19 South West Tourism Excellence Awards
  • Best Family Attraction (Half Day) in Devon – 2019 Primary Times Star Reader Awards
  • Best Free Local Family Event in Devon (Summer Fair) – 2019 Primary Times Star Reader Awards
  • Best Family Attraction – 2019 Devon Muddy Stilettos Awards
  • Visit England Quality Assured Attraction
  • Devon Association of Tourist Attraction’s Quality Assured
  • Trip Advisor Hall of Fame Certificate of Excellence 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
  • Gold Taste of the West Cafe/Tearoom 2019/20

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