Once integral to the daily lives of villagers, the donkeys are now some of Clovelly’s favourite residents and meeting them should be a priority when visiting.  Formerly beasts of burden, they now lead a much more restful existence enjoying the spectacular views from top of the village street. 

They’re an international bunch from a range of nationalities including English, Welsh, Irish and French!

These days Sue and Bart Kelly look after the donkeys, treating these amazing animals as part of their family. They are no longer owned by the Estate.

You can help our donkeys in their retirement by adopting a donkey



Meet the Donkeys