The Home of Rest for Old Horses is where you can find retired horses, ponies and donkeys waiting to be stroked and fed.
Unfortunately, the Home of Rest isn’t open all year round but they do open during school holidays (check their Facebook page) and in the summer months.
Location & Access
If you are in Douglas, head south on the New Castletown Road (A5) and the Home of Rest for Old Horses will be clearly signposted on your right as you get to the bottom of the first dip.
There is a lot of free parking and the whole area is pushchair friendly. Please note, if you are attending during their Christmas Lights events, it is extremely busy and the area often gets gridlocked.
Entry is free but donations are greatly appreciated and animal feed can be bought from the gift shop for a small fee. The site is actually quite large so you spent a good hour or two going to see the horses, donkeys and ponies.
Food & Drinks
There’s a cafe serving hot drinks, sandwiches and toasties all for a very reasonable price. The cafe has three plastic highchairs with trays and some small plastic toddler chairs too. Within the cafe there are baby changing facilities with a drop down changing table and there were even baby wipes available to use. The staff at the cafe are incredibly friendly and I was particularly happy to meet a lady wearing a Christmas jumper at the start of November. She was lovely to Millie and even gave her a small bag of sweets for singing ‘Hop-tu-Naa’.