Some of our favourite days out from Sidmouth
Or let someone else do the driving for a change and take advantage of the extensive local bus network which links Sidmouth to many of the nearby towns and villages.
Here are some of our suggestions for days out from Sidmouth.
The cathedral city of Exeter
Just 30 minutes drive from Sidmouth is East Devon’s main city with a cosmopolitan shopping centre, beautiful medieval buildings, a Gothic cathedral, historic quayside, museums and theatres.
Seaton Bay, the Axe Valley and tramway
At the mouth of the river Axe lies the sweeping pebble beach of Seaton Bay. The Axe estuary is known for it’s rich and varied bird life which can be spotted from the Seaton wetlands and the riverside tram line.
And here’s some recommendations from our guests:
- Bob K from Cottingham recommends visiting Branscombe “but be prepared for the long single track roads!”, July 2019.
- “Lovely town and beach and surrounding towns and beaches. We travelled to Dawlish one way and Lyme Regis the other taking in all the towns and beaches in between.” Tim J from Manchester, September 2018.
- “It was great. Went to National Trust properties – Killerton and A La Ronde.” Claire T from Sandhurst, June 2018.
- “Enjoyed Budleigh Salterton, Bicton Park and the Donkey Sanctuary.” Margaret H from Rochester, September 2017.
- “Use the buses – Exeter, Lyme Regis, Beer (return via Seaton).” Sue & Jim R from Peterborough, March 2014.
- “Boat trip from Exmouth to Brixham – good.” David & Enid C from Pershore, June 2014.
- “Really enjoyed trip to Blackbury Camp and Beer – very pretty village” Sally K from Guildford, May 2016.
- “Crealy was perfect for our girls, aged 4 and 8, although may be less exciting for much older children – our girls loved it though!” Nadia L from Oxfordshire, August 2014.
- “Crealy is a must if you have young children.” Michelle P-S from Hampshire, April 2015.
- “We like visiting churches – Sidmouth, Colyton and Ottery St Mary are gems.” Stuart A from Birmingham, June 2016.
- “Branscombe is lovely – best parking at the Sea Shanty pub at the sea front – but be prepared for very narrow lanes to get there!” Claire T from Sandhurst, September 2017.
Where to find out more about Devon and Dorset:
- Visitdevon.co.uk: the official visitor guide.
- Visitdorset.com: Lyme Regis and the Jurassic coast.
- Tripadvisor.co.uk: reviews of eating places and visitor attractions in the area as well as a forum for picking the brains of both locals and other travellers.
- Crealy Adventure Park: for families with younger children, tel: 01395 233200.
- Stuart Line Cruises run boat trips along the Jurassic coast, tel: 01395 222144.
- The Stagecoach Journey Planner will help you find bus routes from Sidmouth – there’s a bus stop at the end of the road, just a couple of minutes walk from Chandler’s Cottage.