The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth

The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth


We recently enjoyed a lovely week-long stay in a holiday cottage in Devon. We visited some places whilst there and The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth was one of them.

The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth

The donkey sanctuary is open all year round and parking and admission are free. It is set along the Jurassic Coast in the most picturesque countryside in East Devon. The sanctuary is home to hundreds of donkeys and you can wander around and see them all.

There are plenty of nice paths to walk around and explore. It is on a working farm, so probably not the best idea to wear your best shoes!
The boys enjoyed reading the donkeys collars and learning who was who and how old they were.

There is a large restaurant on site, but we had eaten prior to visiting so didn’t feel the need to dine in. It looked extremely popular though, with lots of people going back and forth.

You just can’t leave without buying a nice souvenir to take home. The gift shop was full of pretty accessories for around the home and garden and of course lots of toys for the little ones. Everything was really reasonably priced too. If you are a parent then you will know how expensive some gift shops can be, and do tend to massively overcharge on their goods. But this was not the case at the sanctuary. We come away with a magnet and two donkey soft toys, which all together cost less than £10.00, so great value.
There is also the opportunity to sponsor a donkey and you get a little update in the post on how your donkey is doing. A lovely idea for the kiddies and helping a good cause at the same time.


We had a lovely afternoon at the Donkey Sanctuary and think all of the staff there do a grand job. Definitely worth popping by if you are in the area.



  1. Kim Styles April 26, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    what a great place to visit and a great cause close to my heart .

  2. Anthony Harrington April 28, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    we “adopted” a donkey from the Donkey Sanctuary and also a mother & son donkey at another rescue site. we adore donkeys and the charities do such awesome work. have never visited but would love too.

  3. Hayley Colburn April 30, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    My mum took our 2 children here a couple of years back, they came back absolutely raving about the place

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