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The Donkey Sanctuary

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Address: Slade House Farm | Sidmouth, Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England
Phone Number:
+44 1395 578222
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09:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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As a member of the Sanctuary for several years I finally visited the place. Fantastic. The staff do an excellent job looking after all the donkeys. Any animal lover must surely... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Morgankane1
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a member of the Sanctuary for several years I finally visited the place. Fantastic. The staff do an excellent job looking after all the donkeys. Any animal lover must surely be delighted with the experience. I know I was. Staff are so friendly and helpful. Only downside - children who are not supervised by their parents and ignore the... More 

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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a lovely peaceful place for both humans and donkeys. The staff and volunteers here do the most amazing job.

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Thank Gillian B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had been meaning to visit for several years and wish we'd done it sooner. This is a charity which is open to the public with no entrance fee but there are a couple of buckets for donations. Good car parking and paths to walk around. The donkeys come over to the fences for a stroke and there is also a... More 

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Thank devonmaid3
Bath, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit and have a wander around - can't believe its free! Good for children and adults alike and definitely worth a stop off in you are in the area.

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Thank hannahjaynestevens
Bristol, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did visit on a rainy day, but did feel signage was very poor, so we struggled to find our way around and see what was going on.

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tds_uk, Visitor Marketing Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, responded to this review

We are sorry you did not enjoy your visit. As you will have seen, we are currently building a new restaurant and visitor centre, which are due to open this year. To limit disruption we have temporary signage and visitor maps. We also have an Information Centre located next to the car park which is manned by volunteers who are... More 

Cirencester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to go, lots to see, donkeys to stroke, the staff were amazing and a real credit to the place, wonderful for children and adults alike, amazing that the place is free, definitely go if you are near the area and also help support the sanctuary by donating or buying items in the shop.

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Thank Andrew A
Essex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Used to visit every year as a child with my parents - this is back in the late 70's early 80's it was my mum's favourite place - so to be able to visit again with my granddaughter some 30+ years later and see the transformation was magical. Granddaughter had a magical time with all the different characters and for... More 

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Thank archiebabs
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just look up how badly Donkeys can be treated, then if your in the area of a sanctuary please take a visit, it's free. The place lights up your day. Parking plentiful, refreshments available. A true insight into the plight and help you can provide for this friendly of creatures.

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Thank Lttlemick
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Grand Daughter is now old enough to enjoy the delights of the Donkeys we take her there early in the morning so she can see them all eating their Hay from the troughs and shout "Eat " at them they don't seem to mind. Lots of building works being done but still access the Donkeys. A trip to Devon must... More 

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Thank Wendy B
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful to see the donkeys and how well they are loved and looked after. Great to have left the Sanctuary having adopted beautiful Ruby. Well worth a visit and walk round. Wonderful grounds and work done by the Sanctuary.

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