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

Opening hours: The sanctuary is open from 9am to 5pm daily from 1 March to 31 October and 4pm for the rest of the year.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1395 578222.

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. Why not design your own journey by using the AA Route Planner available online.

Satnav users can enter the postcode 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.

Electric car charging facilities

There are two free to use electric car charging points located in the main car park. You can use these facilities by requesting a free one hour token from the Visitor Centre.

The facilities are provided by EV Charge Online and are both Type 2 (7kW) output devices.

We ask that during busy periods you move your vehicle from the charging point once it has fully recharged.

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.

Accessibility

Our full accessibility statement outlines all the details for visitors planning a day at The Donkey Sanctuary.

Additional information

The sanctuary is a non-smoking site, although vaping is permitted.

Staff at the Visitor Centre are trained First Aiders, several of whom are trained to use a defibrillator.

Wheelchairs can be borrowed from the Visitor Centre. One land mobility scooter is also available, but booking is advised.

For dog owners

The Donkey Sanctuary was awarded second place in the Dogs Trust ‘dog-friendly attractions’ scheme and welcome well-behaved dogs but would ask that you keep them on a lead at all times and dispose of any waste in the bags and bins provided.