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The Donkey Sanctuary
Set along the Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Donkey Sanctuary’s working farm is home to donkeys, mules and hinnies, large and small. At the heart of the sanctuary near Sidmouth, visitors can come and say hello to some of the hundreds of donkeys waiting to meet them – completely free of charge.
Explore the sanctuary’s new indoor attractions and discover just why donkeys are so special through fun, interactive exhibits in the new Exhibition Barn, Understanding Donkeys Zone and Dr Svendsen’s Hut. And the adventure doesn’t stop there; with the maze, nature centre and farm-themed play area providing lots of fun too. Each day there are also guided tours, fascinating talks and donkey demonstrations as well as regular events throughout the year and activities during school holidays.
Take a moment to relax in the family-friendly restaurant, The Kitchen, and enjoy freshly prepared dishes using local, ethically sourced produce overlooking the donkeys’ paddocks and sea. For a selection of quality gifts and donkey-design items to suit every pocket, head to the new Gift Shop.
The Donkey Sanctuary was founded as a charity in 1969, by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. They currently have an incredible 6,300 donkeys in their care worldwide. Admission and parking is free (donations welcome). Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a lead, and many of the farm trails are access and bike-friendly.