The Donkey Sanctuary - Things to Do on the Jurassic Coast

The Donkey Sanctuary

Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

01395 578222

Open 365 days a year, there are hundreds of donkeys waiting to meet you!

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23.5 miles from Highlands End
21.3 miles from Golden Cap
26.8 miles from Graston Copse
46.7 miles from Sandyholme

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  • The Donkey Sanctuary - Things to Do on the Jurassic Coast
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  • The Donkey Sanctuary - Things to Do on the Jurassic Coast
  • The Donkey Sanctuary - Things to Do on the Jurassic Coast
  • The Donkey Sanctuary - Things to Do on the Jurassic Coast
  • The Donkey Sanctuary - Things to Do on the Jurassic Coast
  • The Donkey Sanctuary - Things to Do on the Jurassic Coast

Open 365 days a year, the Donkey Sanctuary has hundreds of donkeys waiting to meet you in their glorious little corner of Devon!

The donkeys love to meet new people and their unique characters and stories are ready to be explored. Set along the Jurassic Coast, this working farm is home to hundreds of donkeys, mules and hinnies who have been rescued from mistreatment or relinquished into the charity’s care. You can explore the indoor attractions, interactive displays, the exhibition barn, the understanding donkeys zone and the Dr Svendsen’s Hut to learn the story of the sanctuary’s much-loved founder.

Enjoy the great outdoors with scenic farm trails, a nature centre, a farm-themed play area and a maze. There are activities during the school holidays and regular events throughout the year, including junior vet days, a car show, a summer fair, a family food fair and school holiday events. There is a stunning restaurant called The Kitchen and a Gift Shop.  The Sanctuary is open every day of the year. Many of the walkways are grass so appropriate footwear is required and dogs are welcome on leads. Many of the trails are access and bike friendly. Donkey Experience Days are available to go behind the scenes and get up close and personal with the donkeys.

Entry and parking are both free with donations welcome.

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Our parks have been recognised as some of the best in Dorset. We're extremely proud of the awards and it's easy to see why our guests return year on year. You can be safe in the knowledge that you're staying at one of the best parks in the county! Please note awards vary by Park.

What our guests say

  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Best holiday ever!

    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

    Esther Woodhouse - Facebook
    Golden Cap

  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse