VISIT DONKEYS in the UK & IRELAND
Search below for places to visit donkeys in the UK and Ireland, from donkey sanctuaries and rescue centres to farms and nature reserves.
PLEASE NOTE: Places listed may be open to the public at limited times or by appointment only. Please check before travelling. Happy Donkey Visits!
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VISIT DONKEYS in the UK
VISIT DONKEYS in the NORTH of ENGLAND
“Amazing place filled with amazing people who genuinely care for the welfare of animals! Friendly atmosphere with great events for all ages to come play a part in and help out! One of the best places I’ve ever had the pleasure of coming to!” – Victoria Sherlock. Click here for more visitor reviews.
Nestled on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Irwell valley, Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary is a charity committed to caring for dogs, cats, farm animals and equines. Open every day 10am – 4pm including including weekends and Bank Holidays. Admission is free and there is ample parking, though donations towards running costs are welcome. There is a cafe serving hot and cold home-cooked food and a shop selling pet products, gifts and souvenirs.
Saddleworth Llama and Donkey Trekking Centre, Oldham, Greater Manchester Donkey rides for children.
Hee Haw Donkeys, Wetwang, East Yorkshire Donkeys who regularly visit schools, special needs establishments and care homes and who attend all kinds of events. Please phone ahead. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VISIT DONKEYS in the MIDLANDS
Manor Farm & Woodlands, Loughborough, Leicestershire Situated in acres of beautiful countryside on the Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire this is the perfect day out for people of all ages. With indoor and outdoor play areas, the Young Farmers’ Play Barn, Adventure Play Area, living willow structures, picnic and toddler play areas and nature trails. As well as the most delightful donkeys you can see many other wonderful animals including a large collection of owls from around the world. Read visitor reviews on Facebook.
Donkey rescue and rehoming in the Severn Valley area, West Midlands, and across the UK. Animals for adoption are listed on their Facebook page. Email: email@example.com
VISIT DONKEYS in the EAST of ENGLAND
As well as meeting 50 rescued donkeys at Redwings’ idyllic visitor centre in north Norfolk, visitors can enjoy a relaxing stroll around the centre’s peaceful wildlife walks. The Nosebag Café serves hot drinks and snacks and there is a play area for young children. The gift shop sells a wide range of souvenirs. Free entry and parking. Redwings Aylsham is open all year round on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).
“What a lovely and humbling place to visit. The horses are so well cared for, and after what they have been through, it is so nice to see them in such good condition and thriving.” Click here for more visitor reviews.
Redwings Caldecott is home to over 30 lovable donkeys, as well as 90 ponies and horses. Visitors can put their feet up with a warm cuppa in the Nosebag Café while there’s a play area for young children to explore. There’s also a gift shop offering a wide range of souvenirs. Free entry and parking. Dogs on leads welcome. Redwings Caldecott is open all year round on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).
“A great place for a quiet wander around to see the donkeys and horses and a nice playground area for the kids. Highly recommended.” Click here for more visitor reviews.
One of the UK’s largest equine welfare charities, Bransby Horses is a great day out for the whole family, located eight miles from Lincoln. With more than 400 horses, donkeys and mules to meet and a full calendar of events throughout the year, including adoption days, pony grooming and children’s craft days, there is something for everyone. The beautiful 600 acre site has endless walkways for visitors to explore and a café, gift shop, play park and picnic area. The Horse Sense Room provides a fun educational experience and guided tours take place regularly. Open 362 days a year 10am-4pm Tel: 01427 788464
Redwings Oxhill is home to almost 90 rescued donkeys, ponies and horses. Visitors are welcome to stroll the centre and enjoy plenty of cuddles with its many gorgeous residents before putting their feet up in the Nosebag Café with a hot drink and a slice of cake. There’s also a gift shop offering a wide range of souvenirs. Free entry and parking. Dogs on leads welcome. Redwings Oxhill is open all year round on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).
“Beautiful place, well laid out. Love all the information that is available on all the horses as it gives you a real sense of what they have been through to find their way there. All the horses look immaculate and the whole place is very neat and tidy and well cared for.” Click here for more visitor reviews.
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Redwings Ada Cole provides a peaceful haven for over 70 rescued donkeys, mules, ponies and horses. Visitors can enjoy getting up close with the donkeys before relaxing with a hot drink and tasty snack in the Nosebag Café. There’s also a gift shop offering a range of souvenirs. Free entry and parking. Dogs on leads welcome. Redwings Ada Cole is open all year round on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).
“Visited here while in the area visiting family and spent a lovely hour or so walking around, looking at the horses. They are all obviously well cared for. We found it very sad reading some of the stories about how the horses came to be there but it’s great to know they are now being cared for so well.” Click here for more visitor reviews.
Hayling Island Donkeys, Hampshire A sanctuary for ex-working donkeys and those in need of help. Younger donkeys give donkey rides to children in Staunton Country Park, Havant, daily during the school holidays and weekends throughout the year (weather permitting). Riders must be under 16 and under 7 stone or 45kg in weight.
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is based between Shanklin and Ventnor on the road to Wroxall. Everyone is welcome to visit including well behaved dogs. Open 7 days a week all year round 10am-4.30pm. There are also special events throughout the year. Click here for Events Calendar.
Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary is a registered charity which cares for abused and ill-treated donkeys and other animals. Located in the picturesque village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, near Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Visitors welcome 11am – 4pm daily.
RSPCA Lockwood Centre for Donkeys and Horses, Surrey An equine centre which rehabilitates and rehomes horses, ponies and donkeys, with a resident herd of donkeys. Open to visitors between April and October, when you can meet the donkeys on Wednesdays and Sundays between 11.30am and 4pm. There is a small shop selling ice creams, gifts and drinks and there are footpaths to wander around the donkey fields. Enjoy a picnic in the garden area and watch Donkey Treat Time at 12.30pm or Donkey Grooming at 2.30pm.
The Brewers Arms, Heathfield, East Sussex This cosy country pub is run by friendly staff and serves great food – and there are donkeys living in the field next door, who are always glad to greet visitors.
Raystede provides sanctuary to more than 2000 animals each year and a lifelong home for goats, horses, ponies and donkeys. It is also a safe haven for waterfowl, ducks and geese. Free admission almost every day of the year.
“We visited last week with our 2 children; what a lovely place and a great day out. There are lots of animals to see and some nice walks it’s also dog friendly including the cafe!!! The staff are all lovely and very helpful.” Click here for more visitor reviews.
VISIT DONKEYS in SOUTH WEST ENGLAND
Set along the historic Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Donkey Sanctuary’s working farm is home to 500 donkeys, mules and hinnies. Open 365 days a year. Free admission and parking. Dogs on leads welcome. Bike-friendly trails.
Clovelly Donkeys, Torridge, Devon The beautiful little heritage village of Clovelly in north Devon is famous for its steep cobbled street, its fishing harbour and its long association with donkeys. In the summer, the donkeys give children’s rides around their meadow and can be seen on the street. In the winter, the local children ride and drive them in the woods.
Weymouth Donkeys, Dorset These famous, award-winning donkeys have been giving donkey rides to children on Weymouth beach since the late 1800s. They can be found at the Pavilion end of the beach next to The Boat Café. Riders must be 16 years and under, with a weight limit of 7 stone or 45kg. Beach rides run every day (weather permitting) from March to October and also at Christmas and February holidays and most winter weekends throughout the year.
The Flicka Foundation currently houses approximately 70 donkeys. Open all year round at weekends (closed Mondays and Fridays). Also open Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-4pm from March to December. You can keep up with events such as summer tours and special donkey care days by following the Flicka Foundation on Facebook.
Nailsworth Donkey Sanctuary, Gloucestershire Tim and Dawn rescued their first donkey Gussy over 30 years ago and they moved to Nailsworth in 2015. Lots of visitors and families stop by to see the donkeys, but it’s best to call and arrange a time if you want to visit properly. School children are welcome and the sanctuary also works in partnership with special education schools and children that are ill. If you would like to visit the donkey sanctuary, arrange a school visit or help out by volunteering please do get in contact. Tim and Dawn would love to hear from you. Tel: 07756 465 908
VISIT DONKEYS in WALES
VISIT DONKEYS in NORTH WALES
Snowdonia Donkeys, Tregarth, Gwynedd, North Wales Snowdonia Donkeys was established in 2013 to promote health and well-being through working and walking with donkeys in the local environment of North Wales. It is our mission to be a centre of excellence for the promotion of health and wellbeing of people and donkeys.
Quiet, scenic, self-catering holiday accommodation in the sleepy hamlet of Capel Gwyn, 3 miles from Rhosneigr, with rescued donkeys. Visitors have the opportunity to spend time with the donkeys and help out with grooming. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VISIT DONKEYS in MID WALES
Dyfi Donkeys, Machynlleth, Powys An exciting opportunity for all the family to meet the donkeys up close and personal, in their own habitat without any barriers. Wander through the woodland, go up to the donkeys, give them a stroke, maybe a cuddle and watch them as they graze, play and roll in the dust! Look out for farm open days on the website or Facebook page.
VISIT DONKEYS in WEST WALES
VISIT DONKEYS in SOUTH WALES
Amelia Trust Farm, Barry Set in 160 acres in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan, this small charity supports disadvantaged and vulnerable young people through alternative education and community engagement. Play area for children, café, animals and woodland trails. Free entry (£3 donation for car parking). Bunkhouse, sports hall and BBQ areas available for hire. Children’s parties and other activities catered for. Dogs on a lead welcome. Open to the public daily (10am-4pm in winter, 10am-6pm in summer).
Little Donkey Cottage, Talgarth, Brecon Beacons, South Wales
VISIT DONKEYS in SCOTLAND
The sanctuary is open to visitors every Saturday and Sunday from Easter until the first week in January. There is a conducted tour on each of these days. No need to make an appointment, just come along for 2pm prompt and join in the fun! Most of the site is accessible to wheelchair users. We have small gift shop and there is a cafe at nearby Milestone Garden Centre.
“This place is a must for animal lovers, it’s amazing I cannot fault it. The volunteers that led us round were so informative and answered any questions, you can tell they love these donkeys so much. Plenty of time to walk around freely on the tour, it took us just over 2 hours and we enjoyed every minute of it, especially being allowed to pet any of the animals. The house and grounds are beautiful and you can see how well the animals are looked after, will definitely be back, if you have time go.” Click here for more visitor reviews.
Set in 200 acres of beautiful paddocks and woodland, Redwings’ Scottish visitor centre provides a place of sanctuary to 90 donkeys, mules, ponies and horses. Visitors can also enjoy bountiful local wildlife such as red squirrels and mountain birds. The Nosebag Café serves hot drinks and snacks and the gift shop sells a wide range of souvenirs. Free entry and parking. Dogs on leads welcome. Redwings Mountains is open all year round on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).
“All the animals are given exemplary care in beautiful surroundings. Opportunities to cuddle and talk with the donkeys are not to be missed!” Click here for more visitor reviews.
Farmersfield Rest Home for Elderly Donkeys, South-West Scotland Farmersfield provides a permanent home for older donkeys over the age of 20 to live their life in peace with loving care and attention.
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