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The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds

The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds


The Donkey Sanctuary at Leeds is primarily a centre offering the opportunity for children (and other groups) with additional needs and disabilities to benefit from donkey-assisted interaction. 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.

We also have an active Outreach programme, where other vulnerable groups in the community can interact with our donkeys. We visit nursing homes and hospices, working broadly with dementia patients, and residential homes and day care centres, working with adults with learning disabilities. We also have an Educational Outreach programme, attending schools and nurseries to talk about what our donkeys do, our wider animal welfare work, and the charity as a whole. We are also happy to go out and deliver talks to other focus groups across the region by prior arrangement.

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. To ensure the centre remains a sanctuary, not only for our donkeys, but also for the children in our care, we only open the centre to the public outside on our donkey interaction session hours. 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.


We run lots of fundraising events throughout the year, to enable us to continue the work we do here. We run four large events per year, this year being:

Spring Fair - Saturday 22nd April 2017
Fun Dog Show - Sunday 4th June 2017
Summer Fair - Saturday 15th July 2017
Christmas Fair - Sunday 3rd December 2017

We also offer lots of opportunities for the general public to interact with our donkeys, over and above usual visiting, namely our ‘I Love Donkey’ and ‘Experience’ days. Please check our events calendar for listings and availability at:
or by visiting our Facebook homepage at:

Coach parties acceptedFacilities 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



    See location of The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    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


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • 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