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Holidays in Sidmouth

A charming seaside resort at the start of the Jurassic Coast

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As you wander into Sidmouth, it soon becomes clear why this place is so special. Not only is it the gateway of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, it’s also one of Devon’s most unique coastal towns. Backed by imposing red cliffs, standing for over 240 million years, Sidmouth’s delightful centre is brimming with shops, galleries, traditional pubs and eclectic eateries.

For a beach day, you’ll be spoiled for choice on this glorious section of coastline. Sidmouth’s own beach stretches away from the bustling centre, offering panoramic views of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Just 15 minutes from Sidmouth is Ladram Bay. Often likened to beaches in warmer climes such as Portugal, impressive rock formations rise from the sea, making this a truly unique location.

Walkers will enjoy the town’s prime location on this ancient coastline hiding a wealth of fossils. To fully appreciate Sidmouth’s unique geology, wander the circular route over the ridge. It’s a mild walk, perfect for all ages and abilities.

Sidmouth seafront

For independent shops and boutiques, head to Sidmouth’s renowned Fore Street. This is the perfect place to pick up a gift or souvenir. Be sure to pop into one of the many galleries on the esplanade, showcasing beautiful work from local artists, craftsmen and photographers.

For a taste of Sidmouth’s quirky culture, visit during Sidmouth Folk Week. The week-long event celebrates music and dance every August, and attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Families will enjoy a visit to The Donkey Sanctuary. Meet 500 of the centre’s 3,000 donkeys currently being cared for by the sanctuary.

For a day exploring beautiful greenery, head 5 miles west to discover Bicton Botanical Gardens, boasting exotic flora alongside fun rides including a woodland railway and outdoor play area for children. Another fun family attraction you might like to stop by is the Sidmouth Toy and Model Museum, home to a host of old curiosities and memorabilia from across the years.

“With striking red cliffs, a prime spot on the Jurassic Coast and a charming town centre, Sidmouth is an idyllic holiday destination.”

When it comes to dining out in Sidmouth, you’ll be spoiled for choice. A range of traditional pubs and contemporary eateries makes this a foodie haven. Neil’s Restaurant is revered among locals and visitors, using only the freshest seasonal produce from Devon. Expect dishes such as pan-fried Brixham brill steak with caper and gherkin butter or West Country sirloin steak with green peppercorn and brandy cream sauce. For a hearty pub meal, head to 16th-century coaching inn, The Bowd Inn. Serving British pub classics and dishes with a twist, such as homemade mushroom, leek and blue cheese crumble, you’re guaranteed to find something to tickle your taste buds.

Sidmouth is close to Exeter, Lyme Regis and Exmouth.

While you’re there

Sidmouth Museum

Step inside Sidmouth Museum to uncover a little of the legacy of this beautiful seaside town and see some of the famed fossils

The Donkey Sanctuary

Visit and learn about the rescued donkeys in the sanctuary set in pretty and peaceful countryside

Norman Lockyer Observatory and James Lockyer Planetarium

Take a tour of this working observatory and see demonstrations of the historic telescopes and domes

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