Looking for directions to The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon? You can find us by car, bus, bike or foot using these directions.

Opening times

2 November – 14 February: 9am - 4pm
15 February – 1 November: 9am - 5pm

While the sanctuary is open 365 days a year, The Kitchen, Gift Shop and Visitor Centre will be closed 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.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1395 578222.

How to find us

By car

The nearest motorway to The Donkey Sanctuary is the M5 which serves the West Country. Getting off at Junction 30 at Exeter will take you on the A3052 for 13 miles until you reach the Sanctuary. The A35 and the A30 also serve East Devon and the Jurassic Coast.

Satnav: EX10 0NU

Our car park includes a coach park lane with parking for 3 coaches, with drop off outside the main walkway to the entrance (both ramp and stairs). Larger group visits will need to be booked in advance on 01395 578222.

We also have 14 disabled parking spaces to allow accessibility to the Sanctuary for wheelchair users.

There are two free electric car charging points, available on a first come first served basis.

By bus

Local bus routes serving The Donkey Sanctuary include the 899 Axe Valley Mini Travel, 9A (Exeter – Lyme Regis), 52 Exeter to Seaton.

By bike

We are bike friendly and The Donkey Sanctuary sits on Route 2 of the National Cycle Network. The route between Sidmouth and Lyme Regis passes Trow Farm on Dunscombe Lane. Continue on Dunscombe Lane, crossing over the roundabout, until you reach the sanctuary's main visitor entrance. There is a bike rack (uncovered) at the main entrance.

By foot

The Sanctuary is located along the South West Coast Path between Sidmouth and Branscombe. At Weston Mouth, follow the steps north towards the sanctuary where you will see the National Trust's interpretation of the Weston Potato Plats. The footpath will join up with Walk E, take you past the Field of Dreams and the Nature Centre, towards the heart of the Sanctuary.