Day trips from Sidmouth

Photos: Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park

Some places to explore around 1 hour or more driving distance from Sidmouth

Sidmouth makes a convenient base for exploring Dorset, Somerset and Devon. Here are some ideas for day trips.

Heading West:

  • Dartmoor National Park, Widecombe in the Moor, Castle Drogo and the House of Marbles (35 miles).
  • Torbay (known as the English Riviera) with its popular sandy beaches, Paignton Zoo and Babbacombe Model Village (35 miles).
  • South Devon Railway departing from Buckfastleigh (35 miles) – take a steam train to Totnes to explore England’s best preserved Norman motte and bailey castle and a town centre that features a wealth of independent shops and cafes.
  • Greenway, Agatha Christie’s holiday home overlooking the Dart estuary (39 miles).
  • Dart Valley Steam railway from Totnes (40 miles) to Dartmouth and then take a paddle steamer trip on the river Dart.
  • Coleton Fishacre country house and gardens (42 miles).
  • The historic port of Dartmouth (50 miles).
  • Plymouth Hoe (where Drake famously played bowls), the historic Barbican, lively waterfront and the National Marine Aquarium (55 miles).

Heading East:

  • Forde Abbey and gardens (25 miles).
  • West Bay, the setting for the TV series Broadchurch, and the pretty village of Burton Bradstock with its excellent Hive beach cafe (just under 30 miles).
  • Chesil beach, Abbotsbury Swannery and sub-tropical gardens (35 miles).
  • The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm museum at Yeovilton (40 miles).
  • Dorchester, Dorset’s county town, (45 miles) and ‘Max Gate’, Thomas Hardy’s town house, and nearby Athelhampton 15th Century manor house and gardens.
  • Weymouth with it’s safe sandy beaches popular with sand sculptors, Georgian sea front, and Sea Life Adventure Park (44 miles).
  • At the far end of Chesil beach lies the Isle of Portland (actually a peninsular) with a 16th Century castle and a lighthouse on the Bill whose light can be seen from Sidmouth on clear nights (50 miles).

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