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Heart of our Sanctuary in Devon

We currently have an incredible 5,800 donkeys in our care. Come and meet some of the 500 living here at Slade Farm, they can’t wait to meet you!

Our donkeys love to meet new people and you can discover their unique characters and stories. Can you find the gentle giant Poitou donkeys, or our gorgeous adoption donkeys? Come and cuddle our main yard donkeys or spot a miniature in one of the fields!

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We have a wealth of events for grown-ups, children, families, groups and schools all year round. Why not take a look at our events page to see what's on during your visit?

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Gift shop

Need some advice or a little reminder of your time here at The Donkey Sanctuary? You’ll find everything in the visitor centre and shop, located opposite the main barn in the heart of the Sanctuary. Alternatively, you can visit our online gift shop

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Open every day from 9am, the Hayloft Restaurant serves a delicious range of meals and snacks. Situated at the heart of the Sanctuary, you can find a delicious range of meals and snacks every day from 9am. Why not indulge in a satisfying cooked breakfast or try one of our many wonderful tasty treats, knowing that all profits are donated to The Donkey Sanctuary.

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With stunning views and tailor made facilities, The Donkey Sanctuary has a licence for weddings and civil ceremonies and is the perfect place to celebrate your special day.

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Nature Centre

Discover the wildlife here at The Donkey Sanctuary in our unique Nature Centre. Tucked away in our wild wood you can discover facts about all the local wildlife.

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There are plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife throughout the Sanctuary. Our new conservation programme aims to support our local wildlife. Look out for our new wild flower meadow and all the insects and birds that come with it. You can also keep up with our Wild Sanctuary news as our resident wildlife expert uncovers new and interesting things.

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The Maze

Can you find your way to the middle and back out again? Our amazing maze is bound to fox even the most experienced ‘mazers’!

Walking trails for everyone

No matter what your ability, there’s a trail for you. There are five beautiful walks around the Sanctuary grounds. We welcome walking groups to the Sanctuary – please contact our Visitors’ Centre on 01395 578222 ahead of your visit to organise dedicated parking facilities for your group. We’re also on the South West Coast Path – why not take a quick detour at Weston Mouth and come and see us?


There are lots of wonderful spots around the farm for you to stop and enjoy the scenery while picnicking, plus there’s a perfect picnic spot overlooking the adoption donkeys and the Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre.

Treasure hunts

Calling all intrepid explorers! Pick up your wild treasure hunt map from the Visitor Centre and you can embark on an amazing adventure around The Donkey Sanctuary. Can you find...?

Guided tours

Why not book one of our Guided Tours with our events team? You’ll hear the stories of how some of our donkeys came to be with us. While many of our donkeys have had a tough time in life, we’re sure you’ll feel uplifted when you hear a how well they are doing now.

Dog friendly

Please feel free to bring your dog, our donkeys love meeting your four legged friends too.

Bike friendly

We welcome cyclists to The Donkey Sanctuary. Access is via the National Cycle Network, Route 2.

Group visits

We welcome many different groups to the Sanctuary including school visits. Please contact us on 01395 578222 to organise your visit and tailor made package.

Groups by coach

We also welcome coach operators to the Sanctuary, even if it's just a stopover to break your long journey. To accommodate large groups by coach in our restaurant, please contact us on 01395 578222.

Family fun

There’s so much for families to do from meeting the donkeys to bat box building, from walking the trails to getting lost in the maze. Check out our calendar of events to get the whole family involved – there really is something for everyone.


From cuddling the donkeys in Main Yard to taking part in the Treasure Hunt, children will find lots of things to do here. The Hayloft has a special children’s menu and you can all enjoy a visit to the Nature Centre and Box 16. Don’t forget to check out our Events Calendar for details of forthcoming children's activities.