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The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds

The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds


Throughout the day, year round, we deliver our Donkey-Assisted Therapy (DAT) programme, which is specifically for vulnerable children and adults. Opening to the public in the late afternoon and weekends - when our sessions are not running - allows our team to be available to answer all of your questions and queries about our fantastic herd of donkeys, and the DAT work we deliver here with them.


Donkeys have an innate emotional intelligence that can help to develop the psycho-social and emotional skill set of humans. We allow our donkeys the freedom to work with our clients on the same level to develop an empathetic relationship, which is mutually beneficial for the client and donkey. One of the key aims of this programme is also to raise the status of the donkey to be recognised as a sentient, intelligent being, with a huge capacity to teach us about ourselves.


We also welcome visitors to the centre to find out more about what we do, and of course to say hello to our lovely donkeys. All the donkeys who help us deliver this service have either been rescued or otherwise surrendered to the charity, and rehabilitated at The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon, before joining us here in Leeds. To ensure the highest standards of safeguarding policy and procedures for our vulnerable clients, we have created designated visitor times outside of the programme sessions. This allows our team to be available to answer all of your questions and queries about our donkeys. Entry to the centre is free of charge, but as a charity we make no charges for any of the services we offer the community, so all donations are gratefully received.


Monday-Friday - 3pm to 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm).
Closed Wednesdays.
Weekends - 10am to 3pm (last admission at 2.30pm).
Closed first Saturday of each month.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, and Easter Sunday.

During visiting hours donkeys may be found in the paddocks grazing or alternatively in the arena or stable areas, being groomed, fed, or playing with a ball or one of the other enrichment activities we offer our donkeys, when they are having some down time. Visitors have the opportunity to watch them, talk to the staff and learn about their normal daily routine and behaviours. You may be lucky enough to give them a scratch if the donkeys decide to approach, as we honour the donkey's right to choose to interact.

Throughout the centre and grounds you will find displays highlighting donkey information such as feeding, The Donkey Sanctuary’s international work, individual donkey stories, and the benefits of our life skills development programme.

Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Monday: 3pm – 5pm
Tuesday: 3pm – 5pm
Wednesday: CLOSED (for Twilight Session)
Thursday: 3pm – 5pm
Friday: 3pm – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 3pm (closed 1st Saturday of each month)
Sunday: 10am – 3pm
Bank Holidays: 10am – 3pm (except New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day & Boxing Day)


Free entry



Swan Lane,
LS16 8AZ



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Map reference: SE 281429  Lat: 53.88190 Long: -1.57385

We are situated at the bottom of Swan Lane off Black Hill Lane near Eccup, Leeds


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed