Donkeys in the sanctuary.

The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon is an extraordinarily successful charity. Frequently ranked in the top 50 UK charities by funds raised, in 2018 it spent £40M and pulled in £42.3M - more than half of which was from legacies in people’s wills. The sanctuary is responsible for more than 6,000 donkeys worldwide and the headquarters in Sidmouth usually hosts a population of several hundred. The British public really likes donkeys.

Founded by Elisabeth Svendsen in 1969, the sanctuary moved to its present location in 1974 when she was bequeathed a legacy of 204 donkeys by the estate of Violet Philpin - joining Elisabeth’s existing herd of 38. The charity continued to grow over the years, and today operates in 35 countries worldwide.

Visits to the sanctuary are free, and it opens 365 days a year.

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Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, EX10 0NU, United Kingdom - Map

30 December 2019

Fact checking the myth that The Donkey Sanctuary is the richest charity in the UK

Hannah Finch, Devon Live, 2 August 2018

Elisabeth Svendsen obituary

Hester Lacey, The Guardian, 24 May 2011

Britons give more to donkey sanctuary than abuse charities

Robert Booth, The Guardian, 23 April 2008

Pin the cheque on the donkey

Tim Dowling, The Guardian, 18 February 2003

A beautiful pink tram.

Seaton Tramway

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Buckfast Abbey.

Buckfast Abbey

29.34 miles away

Farming implements.

Museum of Dartmoor Life

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