The Donkey Sanctuary The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary

Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, EX10 0NU, United Kingdom | 01395 578222 | Website

Venue Description

The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare charity, based in the UK, working to protect and care for donkeys and mules. We currently have an incredible 5,800 donkeys in our care. Come and say hello to some of the 500 at Sidmouth, who can't wait to meet you! Our donkeys love to meet new people and you can discover their unique characters and stories. Can you find the gentle giant Poitou donkeys, or our gorgeous adoption donkeys? Come and cuddle our main yard donkeys or spot a miniature in one of the fields. During your trip you can also enjoy visiting our Hayloft restaurant, Visitors' Centre and Gift Shop. We also have a maze and children's outdoor play area, Nature Centre and beautiful walking trails where you can take in the wonderful wildlife and countryside that surround our donkeys. The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon is open 365 days a year. Admission and parking are free, but donations are very welcome.


Access to the main facilities is via even tarmac or concrete surfaces. The Visitors' Centre is easily accessible from the main car park; there are no steps to negotiate. It has wide, side-hinged doors for wheelchairs access. Benches are situated outside the doors. Much of the main site is level; there is a slight incline to some areas. There are tarmac, concrete and grass surface paths. All central walkways are wide with plenty of benches. All internal public areas are at ground level

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Awards List

Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme Devon Association of Tourist Attractions Green Tourism Silver Award Food and Drink Devon Doggy Devon TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


There are two WC blocks; one is located next to the main car park, the other is near the restaurant. Both blocks are easily accessible with a wheelchair. Each block has baby changing facilities, non-slip flooring and facilities for visitors with limited mobility. Doors are side-hinged, one block has a cubicle with an outward opening door. Each block has a cubicle with grab-rails. Hand-washing facilities are designed for ease of use by visitors with limited mobility, e.g. lever taps.


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The Donkey Sanctuary is very dog-friendly, with fabulous walks for dogs on the lead. A dog bowl is available outside the Visitors' Centre.

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  • Accessible Format
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Parking
  • Access Statement

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