Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary was founded in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. It is only through her amazing devotion to donkeys and hard work that the Sanctuary grew to the international charity it is today.

Over 50 million donkeys and mules exist in the world. Many need care and protection from a life of suffering and neglect, whilst others have a vital role to play in human survival and happiness; they are at the heart of everything they do at The Donkey Sanctuary.

Visit the Understanding Donkeys Zone to uncover everything there is to know about these gentle creatures.

Their work is funded entirely by donations and legacy gifts. Your kindness and generosity will help them to care and protect one of the world’s most hard working and humble creatures and help enrich so many lives.

Dogs are welcome in all areas of the sanctuary as long as they are kept on a lead. The site has various trails, making it an ideal place to take your dog.

Visitor information

Find nearby campsites


Mire Lane
EX10 0NU

Contact details

Tel: 01395 573009


Follow A358 following signs for Musbury/Seaton. At Boshill Cross turn right onto the A3052 following the signs for Exeter. After approximately 6 miles you will see a sign for the Donkey Sanctuary and follow signs on to Dunscombe Lane and then turn on to Mire Lane.