Ferry Travel

You will need to visit the Isle of Wight via ferry, so please follow these instructions: ...from Southampton Take either the Red Funnel Car Ferry (1hr) to East Cowes or the Red Jet (20 mins) to West Cowes. They go back and forward regularly throughout the day. ...from Portsmouth Take either the Wightlink Car Ferry (35 mins) to Fishbourne or the Wightlink Catamaran (15 mins) to Ryde Pier Head. They go back and forward regularly throughout the day.

Bus Travel

If you would like to visit the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary via bus, please follow these instructions: ...from Newport From Newport Bus Station, you will need to take the No.3; it leaves Newport Bus Station at 5 mins and 35 mins past each hour throughout the day. ...from Ryde From Ryde Bus Station, you will need to take the No.3; it leaves Ryde Bus Station at 15 mins and 45 mins past each hour throughout the day. Please note, this is a much longer journey than Newport.
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Visitor Attraction

In order to ‘pay the bills’ the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is a visitor attraction.

Admission is free and the Sanctuary is open 7 days a week from 10am – 4.30pm all year round. Additionally, the Sanctuary runs special events during the Christmas period. A calendar of events appears on the website.

Visitor Attraction

Although admission is free, there are a number ways that people can contribute to the running costs of the sanctuary. There is a gift shop and café, a bric a brac shop, and a number of opportunities for people to donate through our donation boxes. People adopt donkeys and in so doing become ‘members’ of the sanctuary, in that they get regular information about the progress and activities of the donkeys and activities on site.

Additionally, people are able to donate legacies and we are grateful to supporters who kindly leave money in their wills to help us with our work.

New ventures for the Sanctuary will include birthday parties, ‘caring for a donkey’ days and ‘leading a donkey’ days.