Set along the historic Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside, The Donkey Sanctuary is an award-winning visitor attraction home to hundreds of friendly rescue donkeys just waiting to meet you.

Besides the furry residents, explore our exciting new indoor attractions and find out just why donkeys matter through interactive displays in the new Exhibition Barn, Understanding Donkeys Zone and Dr Svendsen’s Hut.

Enjoy a delicious meal at The Kitchen restaurant, where freshly prepared dishes using local, ethically sourced produce are served overlooking the donkeys’ paddocks and coast. Great value group menus are available for pre-booked groups, including a complimentary meal for the driver.

The new Gift Shop stocks a wide selection of quality gifts and souvenirs to remember your visit by. From donkey-design items to cards, locally-made produce and our Adopt a Donkey gift packs, browse at leisure in the knowledge that every stylish purchase goes towards helping donkeys in need.

Free entry and parking, guided tour and meal for driver

We welcome groups of any size all year round, with free admission and parking. Groups can also benefit from tailored menus in The Kitchen restaurant and a complimentary guided tour or talk when pre-booking at least one week in advance.

Group booking benefits

  • FREE admission
  • FREE on-site parking with dedicated coach lane for easy drop-off
  • FREE guided tour or talk from one of our expert guides*
  • FREE meal for driver
  • Great value group menus
  • Dedicated member of staff to plan your group's perfect day

*A guided tour or talk is included with all group menu bookings.

We are open 364 days a year from 9am until 5pm (4pm from November to February).

Dogs on leads are welcome. Please do not leave them in vehicles.


The dedicated coach lane allows easy drop-off at the main entrance. The main grounds of the sanctuary are accessible by wheelchair. Wheelchairs and a mobility scooter are available to borrow, subject to availability. Our full accessibility statement outlines all the details for planning a day at the sanctuary.


Pre-booking is essential with a minimum one week’s notice. For more information or to book a group visit, please call 01395 578222.

Payment by debit or credit card will be required to confirm the booking and must be made at least one week in advance of the booking date. Payment is non-refundable.