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One of the top ten 'Best Family Days Out in Devon' - The Telegraph, 2017.
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.
Our donkeys love to meet new people, so come and discover their unique characters and stories – completely free of charge.
Discover and be entertained
Visit the sanctuary’s exciting new indoor attractions and find out just why donkeys matter through our fun and 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. Climb aboard an actual mobile unit, where teams travel to remote locations to help improve donkey welfare. Step up to our world map of donkeys (one of the UK’s largest spinning globes!) to find out just how widespread donkeys are and the jobs they carry out to help us.
Donkeys and mules are at the heart of everything we do; visit the Understanding Donkeys Zone where you can learn everything you need to know about these wonderful animals, and share our passion. Little ones can also try-on some theatre scrubs and lab coats – they’ll really look the part!
No visit is complete without visiting Dr Svendsen’s Hut to learn the story of the sanctuary’s much-loved founder.
Explore and unwind
Enjoy our scenic farm trails home to hundreds of donkeys, discover our Nature Centre, burn off steam in the farm-themed play area and get lost in the Maze. Or for an extra challenge, venture further afield to the South West Coast Path at Weston Mouth.
During school holidays there are activities to keep the family entertained, from Easter hunts to pumpkin carving plus daily talks and tours provided by our visitor team. We also hold events for all the family throughout the year. Times and days may vary so please contact us when planning your visit.
When it’s time to take a well-deserved break, relax in our stunning new family-friendly restaurant, The Kitchen, where you can enjoy freshly prepared dishes using local and ethically sourced produce overlooking the donkey’s paddocks and the sea.
And before heading home, don’t forget to pop into the new Gift Shop for a selection of quality gifts and donkey-design items to suit every pocket.
Plan your visit
For information on travelling to the sanctuary, please visit our page on getting here.
Donkey assisted therapy
We offer donkey assisted therapy to local school children with additional needs. If you know someone who would benefit, then call the team on 01395 573009. For details on forthcoming events being offered as part of our donkey assisted therapy programme, please check our calendar of events.