The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Ventnor

Type:Farm

Lower Winston Farm, Wroxall, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 3AA

Tel: 01983 852693

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

About

Welcome to the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, where animal care and welfare is our priority. Nestled in 55 acres of stunning Isle of Wight countryside, our sanctuary is a haven for over 100 much loved donkeys and Shetland ponies. As a charity, we're dedicated to extending our caring ethos to visitors all year-round, offering free entry, free parking and a warm welcome to groups. 

We’re very dog-friendly and offer a dedicated section on our café menu. Beyond our furry friends, our sanctuary doubles as a working farm, boasting countryside walks and bridlepaths leading to local villages and beauty spots. 

Join us for a behind-the-scenes experience during your visit with one of our bookable activities, including Donkey Experiences, Pamper a Donkey or Shetland pony, and Donkey Grooming. During school holidays we offer free guided tours for the whole family. 

Refuel at our award-winning café that offers a range of light meals, snacks, and cakes. New in 2024, enjoy our mouth-watering afternoon tea (bookable with 48 hours notice). And don't forget to explore our well-stocked gift shop, featuring unique gifts, many donkey themed, for every member of the family including four legged friends! 

Established in 1987, our mission is to provide refuge, exceptional care, and new beginnings for donkeys and other equines in need. Many of our donkeys and ponies are available for adoption, allowing you to support our cause and adopt someone new into your family!  

A visit to our sanctuary is more than just a day out—it's an opportunity to experience rural life, connect with animals, and support a worthy cause.  

We look forward to seeing you.  

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Free to enter attraction

Paid for activities include:

Donkey Experience
Pamper a Donkey
Pamper a Shetland pony
Donkey Grooming

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchair user accessible - Main paths accessible

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Open Christmas - Except Christmas Day
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Approx length of visit - 2 to 3 hours
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates - Group discount on cream or savoury tea for coach parties and large groups
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside - working farm
  • Indoor Attraction - Some indoor barn areas
  • Outdoor Attraction - Set in 55 acres of gorgeous countryside

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is on the B3327 is easily accessible from both Shanklin, Newport and Ventnor.

Public Transport Directions

We are well served by local buses operated by Southern Vectis.   The number 3 stops outside our gate. It runs between Newport and Ryde covering Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor, Lake, Rookley and Godshill. Buses run approximately every 30 minutes.  

From March 29 to 28 September 2024 the Island Coaster will stop outside the sanctuary 9 times a day.  

Awards

  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Bronze Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Bronze 2024

Opening Times

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Open all year round from 10am to 4.30pm. Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Café open 10am to 4.00pm

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