Our donkeys love to meet new people, so come and discover their unique characters and stories here in Sidmouth, Devon - completely free of charge.

Set along the historic Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our working farm is home to hundreds of donkeys, mules and hinnies who have been rescued from mistreatment or relinquished into the charity’s care.

Discover and be entertained

Explore our exciting new indoor attractions and find out just why donkeys matter through fun, interactive displays.

Embark on a journey into the far reaching work of The Donkey Sanctuary and the vital lifeline donkeys provide for communities around the world in the new Exhibition Barn.

Donkeys and mules are at the heart of everything we do; visit the Understanding Donkeys Zone to learn everything you need to know about these wonderful animals.

No visit is complete without a trip to Dr Svendsen’s Hut to learn the story of the sanctuary’s much-loved founder.

Explore and unwind

Enjoy the great outdoors with our scenic farm trails, discover our Nature Centre, burn off some steam in the farm-themed Play Area and get lost in the Maze. Or venture further afield to the South West Coast Path along the Jurassic Coast.

We also run activities during the school holidays to keep the whole family entertained as well as regular events throughout the year.

When it’s time to relax, unwind in the sanctuary’s stunning new restaurant, The Kitchen before browsing our unique range of donkey-design items in the new Gift Shop.

Essential information

Opening hours: The sanctuary is open from 9am to 4pm daily from 1 November to 28 February and 5pm for the rest of the year. The Kitchen, Gift Shop and Visitor Centre are closed on Christmas Day.

We are a working farm and many of our walkways are grass, so please dress appropriately and bring suitable footwear for the weather.

Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a lead, and many of our trails are access and bike-friendly.

Wheelchairs are available to borrow, subject to availability.

Our full accessibility statement outlines all the details for visitors planning a day at the sanctuary.

Feeding policy

We ask that you do not feed the donkeys as it encourages them to expect food from everyone and fingers can look deceptively like carrots to a donkey. Some foods also present a choking hazard. Kindly pass any treats to staff in the Visitor Centre who will ensure they are distributed to the donkeys at feeding time.

Contact us

01395 578222 | enquiries@thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk