As you would expect, we have introduced a range of new health measures that seek to reduce the risk associated with the presence of Covid-19. They are in line with government advice and the requirements of our local health authority. You can find us by car, bus, bike or foot using these directions.

Opening times

9.30am – The Kitchen and Gift Shop
10.00am – Outdoor areas
4.00pm – The Donkey Sanctuary closes


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

Telephone: +44 (0) 1395 578222.

How to find us

We have changed the way visitors enter the sanctuary to help us maintain social distancing.

  • Access is via the main entrance only.
  • The public footpath to the coastal path is open.
  • Walkways from the A3052, Weston and Oakdown are closed.
  • Hermitage woods, via coastal path, are closed.

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

The main car park has space for approximately 70 cars parking on stone chippings and our overflow grass car park can accommodate a further 600 cars.

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 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 Plats, famous for potato farming in the 1800s. The footpath will take you past the Field of Dreams and the Nature Centre, towards the heart of the sanctuary and the main entrance.