Visit The Donkey Sanctuary for FREE [Belfast / Birmingham / Derbyshire / Ivybridge / Leeds / Manchester / Sidmouth]
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Visit The Donkey Sanctuary for FREE [Belfast / Birmingham / Derbyshire / Ivybridge / Leeds / Manchester / Sidmouth]

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Found 14th Oct
I dodn't know these were free entry. I was googling things to do with the kids over half term and found this. Quite a few locations and all are free entry (donations welcome).


Come and see the donkeys and mules in our care at the heart of The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth. Grazing in the paddocks, you'll find residents from gentle giant Poitou donkeys to adorable miniatures, and our gorgeous adoption donkeys. Meet more friendly characters in the main yard, and a warm welcome awaits you at The Kitchen restaurant, Gift Shop and Visitor Centre, where you can learn more about our animal welfare work both in the UK and overseas.
You can also meet the donkeys in our sanctuaries in Belfast, Birmingham, Ivybridge, Leeds and Manchester.


All of our sanctuaries offer donkey-assisted therapy to hundreds of local school children with additional needs as well as provide outreach services in their communities.
Opening times
Our main sanctuary in Sidmouth remains open 365 days a year from 9am until dusk.
Our sanctuaries in Birmingham, Belfast, Ivybridge, Leeds and Manchester are open:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 3pm to 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm at our Birmingham and Leeds sanctuaries)
  • Weekends and Bank Holidays - 10am to 3pm.
Please note these sanctuaries will be closed every Wednesday, the first Saturday of each month, and on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday.
For further enquiries, please call:Belfast - 028 9332 4647
  • Birmingham - 0121 354 9444
  • Ivybridge - 01752 690200
  • Leeds 0113 261 9249
  • Manchester - 0161 301 4051
  • Sidmouth - 01395 578222
Our Derbyshire sanctuary holds open days once a month from April to September each year.
Free admission - donations always welcome.

Top comments

It might be free to get in but I bet you get stung on the donkey rides..

Free entrance is them just carrot dangling, by the time they've finished with you I bet you would have bought some donkey treats to feed them as you walk round, cuddly toys and signed up to a direct debit to sponsor a donkey or 10. Only joking I feel a bit of an ass now I love animals, especially bacon. This is a really good cause and donkeys are more than just rides at the sea side and cheap Farmfoods burger meat so voted hot!
Edited by: "Madchester" 15th Oct

Madchester8 m ago

It might be free to get in but I bet you get stung on the donkey rides

I think you get asked to leave if you mention donkey rides! They would never have the donkeys forced into slavery.

I got married at the Sidmouth sanctuary, and we had our adopted donkeys as bridesdonks 😊

Who wants to feed my ex wife.....
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It might be free to get in but I bet you get stung on the donkey rides..

Free entrance is them just carrot dangling, by the time they've finished with you I bet you would have bought some donkey treats to feed them as you walk round, cuddly toys and signed up to a direct debit to sponsor a donkey or 10. Only joking I feel a bit of an ass now I love animals, especially bacon. This is a really good cause and donkeys are more than just rides at the sea side and cheap Farmfoods burger meat so voted hot!
Edited by: "Madchester" 15th Oct

Madchester8 m ago

It might be free to get in but I bet you get stung on the donkey rides

I think you get asked to leave if you mention donkey rides! They would never have the donkeys forced into slavery.

The Sutton Coldfield one (Birmingham) is a lovely place to visit. Staff are really patient and ensure your child/ children enjoy the experience. Would highly recommend for anyone close by.

Madchester23 m ago

It might be free to get in but I bet you get stung on the donkey rides


Haha, that has to be the most amazing thing I have ever read since the Internet was born!

Who wants to feed my ex wife.....

I'm going tomorrow. 11 of them on show at Pride Park against Notts Forest.

only open april to september very strange

I have been to the sidmouth one and it's great family place to go, especially being that it's free.

If your in central London you can nip into Westminster and look at all the donkeys in there.....

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luminox15 m ago

only open april to september very strange



Our main sanctuary in Sidmouth remains open 365 days a year from 9am until dusk.

Our sanctuaries in Birmingham, Belfast, Ivybridge, Leeds and Manchester are open:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 3pm to 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm at our Birmingham and Leeds sanctuaries)
  • Weekends and Bank Holidays - 10am to 3pm.
Please note these sanctuaries will be closed every Wednesday, the first Saturday of each month, and on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday.

I thought it meant visiting the House of Lords!

Madchester2 h, 35 m ago

It might be free to get in but I bet you get stung on the donkey …It might be free to get in but I bet you get stung on the donkey rides..Free entrance is them just carrot dangling, by the time they've finished with you I bet you would have bought some donkey treats to feed them as you walk round, cuddly toys and signed up to a direct debit to sponsor a donkey or 10. Only joking I feel a bit of an ass now I love animals, especially bacon. This is a really good cause and donkeys are more than just rides at the sea side and cheap Farmfoods burger meat so voted hot!



The 1 in Sidmouth has 0 pressure to buy or give money and has a great priced new restaurant + loads of free parking for you and dog if you take it on holiday with you.

luminox1 h, 52 m ago

only open april to september very strange



Sidmouth open all year.

No need to go anywhere just switch on the TV............

Has anyone told user Wishihadadonkey?

Ive been to the Belfast one. Expect not to spend more than 1hour here. Has a lovely small outdoor play area. If your child has special needs call prior going as they use the donkeys as therapy for children. Most of the donkeys are rescue and you can give a donation

I got married at the Sidmouth sanctuary, and we had our adopted donkeys as bridesdonks 😊

Keith.Hunt8 h, 39 m ago

The 1 in Sidmouth has 0 pressure to buy or give money and has a great …The 1 in Sidmouth has 0 pressure to buy or give money and has a great priced new restaurant + loads of free parking for you and dog if you take it on holiday with you.



Don't eat the burgers!!

Why wasn't this deal posted by wishihadadonkey??

Heated.

hcc271 h, 20 m ago

Why wasn't this deal posted by wishihadadonkey??Heated.

They posted it last time 😁

DonkeyLover14 m ago

They posted it last time 😁



yeah - Eeyore ways posts that

Also thumbs up for the sanctuary in Sidmouth . No pressure at all the buy anything just a few charity boxes around the place. We wandered in and had a look, had a really nice time even on a cold windy day. The donkeys are looked after well.

Plenty of donkeys outside my house, coming from a night out. I don't need to travel to Birmingham to see them.

Great deal, I love looking at some Ass.

The "free entry" thing is a bit of a misnomer as it's always free! NIce day out though only been to the Sidmouth one mind.

The Leeds one has a very friendly cat...

That is all.

free donkey sanctuary? no need we got one right here on HUKD waheyyyy... lol

luminox16 h, 7 m ago

only open april to september very strange



Open 365 days a year!

These poor creatures need every penny we can spare!

Free glue too

i have been to a goat sanctuary. Whatever you do do not make movements of your hand to your pocket else the goats think food and you'll have a all thegoats trying to get in your trousers !
Edited by: "ashman33" 15th Oct

MoreJustLess8 h, 25 m ago

Ive been to the Belfast one. Expect not to spend more than 1hour here. Has …Ive been to the Belfast one. Expect not to spend more than 1hour here. Has a lovely small outdoor play area. If your child has special needs call prior going as they use the donkeys as therapy for children. Most of the donkeys are rescue and you can give a donation


where is it ?

heat OP ty

We go to the sidmouth one most years when we stay in exmouth and its really nice. The kids love it and there is a "maze" trail and lovely cafe.

Not many things for free, but I love the Sidmouth one - although I end up adopting a donkey instead of paying an entrance fee. They have improved the cafe and they do some lovely food.

Gabi19 h, 55 m ago

Who wants to feed my ex wife.....

How much?

Although not part of the above donkey sanctuary "chain", there is an excellent donkey sanctuary on the Isle of Wight near Ventnor that is free to visit - iowdonkeysanctuary.org/

Redwings in Aylsham Norfolk. Free Entry.
Great Café. Dog Walkers welcomed. Zero pressure to donate.
Grateful if you take some windfall apples or ginger nut biscuits.
Edited by: "naughtybunnies" 15th Oct

Went to Sidmouth today funnily enough- really nice place with a lovely smart new restaurant. Currently building a new visitor centre. These convalescing donkeys are living a rightful life of luxury there- good on them! Heat added

widzmorrow4 h, 11 m ago

where is it ?heat OP ty



It's actually outside Templepatrick. Come off the M2 at Templepatrick and head towards Ballyclare, after the new roundabout and park and ride take the road just on your right, just before the national speed limit sign. Sign post on left. Head up the road 1.5 miles and it's on your left (sign posted)

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72 Ballymartin Rd, Templepatrick, Ballyclare BT39 0BS

DonkeyLover12 h, 42 m ago

I got married at the Sidmouth sanctuary, and we had our adopted donkeys as …I got married at the Sidmouth sanctuary, and we had our adopted donkeys as bridesdonks 😊

I bet they were better looking than some of the bridesmaids I've seen.

Heat for the pic.
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