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Come and see the donkeys and mules in our care at the heart of The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth. Grazing in the paddocks, you'll find residents from gentle giant Poitou donkeys to adorable miniatures, and our gorgeous adoption donkeys. Meet more friendly characters in the main yard, and a warm welcome awaits you at The Kitchen restaurant, Gift Shop and Visitor Centre, where you can learn more about our animal welfare work both in the UK and overseas.
You can also meet the donkeys in our sanctuaries in Belfast, Birmingham, Ivybridge, Leeds and Manchester.
All of our sanctuaries offer donkey-assisted therapy to hundreds of local school children with additional needs as well as provide outreach services in their communities.
Our main sanctuary in Sidmouth remains open 365 days a year from 9am until dusk.
Our sanctuaries in Birmingham, Belfast, Ivybridge, Leeds and Manchester are open:
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 3pm to 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm at our Birmingham and Leeds sanctuaries)
- Weekends and Bank Holidays - 10am to 3pm.
Please note these sanctuaries will be closed every Wednesday, the first Saturday of each month, and on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday.
For further enquiries, please call:
- Belfast - 028 9332 4647
- Birmingham - 0121 354 9444
- Ivybridge - 01752 690200
- Leeds 0113 261 9249
- Manchester - 0161 301 4051
- Sidmouth - 01395 578222
Our Derbyshire sanctuary holds open days once a month from April to September each year.
Free admission - donations always welcome.