Visit Donkeys 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!
- North of England
- East of England
- South East England
- South West England
- Northern Ireland
- Republic of Ireland
VISIT DONKEYS in the UK
VISIT DONKEYS in the NORTH of ENGLAND
The Donkey Sanctuary Hurdlow, Buxton, Derbyshire
Derwent Valley Donkey Sanctuary Cromford, Derbyshire
The Donkey Sanctuary Eccup, Leeds
Hope Pastures Leeds
“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.
Heaton Park Donkey Rides Manchester. Donkey rides for children aged 4+ (8 stone weight limit) and grooming sessions, based near The Farm Centre, Heaton Park, available from April throughout the summer. Booking not required, except for parties of 5+. Group bookings available during term-time (weekdays only). Check opening times before visiting on the Facebook page or Tel: 07507 746 658.
The Donkey Sanctuary Green Fold, Abbey Hey, Manchester
Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester
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 including including weekends and Bank Holidays. Free admission and parking, donations welcome. There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and a shop selling pet products, gifts and souvenirs.
The Wonkey Donkey Visitors Centre Knottingley, West Yorkshire
VISIT DONKEYS in the MIDLANDS
The Donkey Sanctuary Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham
Manor Farm & Woodlands Loughborough, Leicestershire. Situated in acres of beautiful countryside this is the perfect day out for people of all ages. Indoor and outdoor play areas, a Young Farmers’ Play Barn, Adventure Play Area, living willow structures, picnic and toddler play areas and nature trails. As well as the delightful donkeys you can see many other wonderful animals including a large collection of owls from around the world. Read visitor reviews on Facebook.
Rescue and rehoming centre for donkeys, dogs and other animals in the West Midlands and across the UK. Not open to the public and appointments to see the animals are strictly by appointment only.
VISIT DONKEYS in the EAST of ENGLAND
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary Brentwood, Essex
Redwings Ada Cole Nazeing, Essex
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. Gift shop, free entry and parking. Dogs on leads welcome. Open all year round, check the website for visiting days and times.
“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.
Redwings Aylsham Norfolk
As well as meeting 50 rescued donkeys at the 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. Gift shop, free entry and parking. Open all year round, check the website for visiting days and times.
“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 Fritton, Norfolk
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. Gift shop, free entry and parking. Dogs on leads welcome. Open all year round, check the website for visiting days and times.
“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.
Hillside Animal Sanctuary Frettenham, Norwich, Norfolk
Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary Alford, Lincolnshire
Bransby Horses Bransby, Lincolnshire
One of the UK’s largest equine welfare charities, this is a great day out for the whole family. 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.
Redwings Oxhill Banbury, Warwickshire
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. Git shop, free entry and parking. Dogs on leads welcome. Open all year round, check the website for visiting days and times.
“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..
VISIT DONKEYS in SOUTH EAST ENGLAND
Bucklebury Farm Park Berkshire
The New Forest Hampshire
Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary 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).
Folly’s Farm Berkamsted, Hertfordshire. Folly’s Farm Home of Rest for Donkeys and Ponies is a non-profit organisation, run entirely on voluntary help and contributions. Most of the donkeys have been rescued from mistreatment and abuse but at Folly’s Farm, they receive love, care and a comfortable home for the rest of their lives. Open to the public every Sunday afternoon between April and October, 1.30pm-4.30pm. Please check before visiting. Tel: 01442 879 612.
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Wroxall, Isle of Wight
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.
Norley Farm New Forest National Park
Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary Oxfordshire
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 Godalming, Surrey. An equine centre which rehabilitates and rehomes horses, ponies and 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 Centre for Animal Welfare Ringmer, East Sussex
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.
Sussex Horse Rescue Trust Uckfield, East Sussex
Dedicated to the rescuing, rehabilitation and re-homing of horses, ponies and donkeys in Sussex, with over 300 equines at both the sanctuary and in loan homes. Open on Sundays during the summer (check website for current visiting days and times). Visitors can meet the animals, groom a donkey or pony and learn about equine welfare. There is a tea room, shop and field walks to enjoy.
East Clayton Farm Washington, West Sussex
VISIT DONKEYS in LONDON
Hackney City Farm Hackney, Inner London
Donkeys and other farm animals, including rare breeds, are on hand to help visitors learn about food, nature and the environment. A unique opportunity for people of all ages to experience farming, volunteering and craft workshops, in the heart of Hackney.
Mudchute Park & Farm Isle of Dogs, East London
Set in 32 acres of countryside, this is one of the largest inner city farms in Europe. A community charity with a working farm, stables, a children’s nursery and a wide range of educational activities. The donkeys work regularly with local school children as part of educational programmes. Open every day, free of charge.
Spitalfields City Farm Spitalfields, East London
As well as donkeys, this East End farm boasts ducks, geese, parrots, chickens, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, ferrets, bees and bugs! Opportunities for volunteers to work with the animals and help out in the gardens. Schools welcome for bespoke guided workshops, courses and tours. Available for parties. Open 6 days a week, Tuesday to Sunday, free of charge.
Surrey Docks Farm South East London
A working charitable farm, with two donkeys and a Shetland pony, among many other animals. The farm provides a huge range of programmes for children, adults and vulnerable groups. For those with green fingers, there are community plots, permaculture and herb gardens and regular green workshops. Work experience and volunteering opportunities, hire space, a mobile farm, working forge, farm shop and other delights. Open 7 days a week, 10am-4pm.
VISIT DONKEYS in SOUTH WEST ENGLAND
The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth, Devon
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 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 Tamar Valley Donkey Park Gunnislake, Cornwall
The Flicka Foundation Donkey Sanctuary Penryn, Cornwall
The Flicka Foundation is home to over 100 horses and donkeys. Open all year round, check website for visitor days and times. 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. School children are welcome and the sanctuary also works in partnership with special education schools and children that are ill. Call ahead to arrange a proper visit.
Longleat Family Farmyard Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire
VISIT DONKEYS in WALES
VISIT DONKEYS in NORTH WALES
Barmouth Donkeys Barmouth, Gwynedd. Open every day over the Easter Holidays, May Bank Holiday and every day of the Summer Holidays.
Snowdonia Donkeys Tregarth, Gwynedd. 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.
Donkey Holidays Caravan, Capel Gwyn, Nr Rhosneigr, Anglesey
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: email@example.com
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
Happy Donkey Hill B&B and Holiday Cottages Ceredigion
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. Children’s parties and other activities catered for.
Donkeys of Wales Carmarthenshire
Little Donkey Cottage Talgarth, Brecon Beacons
VISIT DONKEYS in SCOTLAND
Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary St. Boswells
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.
Redwings Mountains Forfar, Angus
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. Gift shop, free entry and parking. Dogs on leads welcome. Open all year round, check the website for visiting days and times.
“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.
VISIT DONKEYS in NORTHERN IRELAND
VISIT DONKEYS in ANTRIM
The Donkey Sanctuary Ballyclare
VISIT DONKEYS in the REPUBLIC of IRELAND
VISIT DONKEYS in NORTH WEST IRELAND
Donegal Donkey Sanctuary Co. Donegal
VISIT DONKEYS in WEST IRELAND
Slieve Aughty Centre Donkey Walking Holidays Co. Galway
VISIT DONKEYS in EAST IRELAND
Clissman Donkey Walking Co. Wicklow
VISIT DONKEYS in SOUTH IRELAND
The Donkey Sanctuary Liscarroll, Mallow, Co. Cork
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