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The Donkey Sanctuary

No trip to Devon is complete without visiting The Donkey Sanctuary. Set along the historic Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, hundreds of friendly donkeys are just waiting to meet you.

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This free-to-visit, award-wining attraction has something special to offer for you and your four-legged friends, whether you’re looking for quality time with the kids, or somewhere calming to kick back with coffee and cake. Explore everything the sanctuary has to offer, from scenic coast path walks and award-winning gardens to engaging exhibits and and of course, hundreds of adorable donkeys, including giant Poitou donkeys and gorgeous miniature donkeys. There’s so much to explore with your own herd whatever the weather. Eating out? Take sanctuary in the Taste of the West award-winning restaurant and enjoy fresh, local, seasonal produce while soaking in the unparalleled coast and country views. Hearty breakfasts, luscious lunches and tempting afternoon treats are dished up daily, within a safe and relaxed environment. You can even adopt your own donkey in the Gift Shop, where you’ll also find quality donkey design products on every shelf. What’s more, every penny of profit goes towards helping millions of donkeys and mules around the world. Since its humble origins as a charity in 1969, The Donkey Sanctuary has grown from a UK organisation rescuing donkeys from neglect and abuse, into an international animal welfare advocate, transforming the lives of these hardworking animals and the people who depend on them for their livelihood. Open daily from 9am, 365 days a year, admission and parking are free, though donations are welcome to help many more donkeys with troubled pasts live a life of total sanctuary.

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Listing Updated: 01/11/2023


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Listing Address

Slade House Farm
EX10 0NU
01395 578222

Listing Details

Opening Times

Daily, from 9am

Where are dogs allowed?

Everywhere, on leads

Car Parking

Ample, free parking

Park, Gardens or Nature Reserve


House, Castles or Museum




Water Activities


Dog Show


Enclosed Field or Play Area


Farm, Sanctuary or Zoo


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