A visitors guide to the Regency town of Sidmouth

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Shopping in Sidmouth town centre and paddling on Jacob’s Ladder beach

Sidmouth is a charming unspoilt seaside town in East Devon. It has a thriving town centre with a unique mixture of independent shops, galleries, pubs, cafes and restaurants. There is a cinema and theatre as well as parks, playgrounds and a public swimming pool. The focal point is the long esplanade where visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the seafront with views out to sea and to the distinctive red cliffs of the Devon coastline.

E&LJ wrote “We have been visiting Sidmouth two to three times a year for the past 30 years. We recommend it so many times to people we meet and all our friends and family. It just keeps getting better, great places to eat and places to visit. To us there’s no place like Sidmouth” (September 2014).

Sidmouth Folk Festival

Every year, at the beginning of August, the town plays host to a week long folk music and dance festival that attracts visitors from all over the world. The effects echo throughout the year with regular live music performed in venues around the town and on the High Street.

Photos: Sidmouth album

Sidmouth photo album

Get a flavour of the town and beaches from this collection of our favourite pictures.

Photo: Sidmouth beach

Sidmouth’s beaches

Sidmouth has beautiful pebble beaches with sand and rock pools to explore at low tide.

> Find out more about Sidmouth’s beaches.

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Eating out

Holiday makers enjoy a wealth of restaurants, pubs and cafes in and around Sidmouth.

> Find out more about local eateries on our Eating out in Sidmouth page.

Photo: the Sidmouth Donkey sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary

At the Donkey Sanctuary you can make friends with rescued donkeys from all over the world as well as enjoy walks down the valley to the nearby pebble beach. Entry is free and there are children’s trails, a maze, cafe and shop.

> More about the Donkey Sanctuary.

Photo: Sidmouth walks

Walks around the Sid Valley

From gentle strolls along the river valley to bracing cliff top hikes there are walks to suit everyone in this part of East Devon.

> Find out more about walks in and around Sidmouth.

Photo: Connaught Gardens

Connaught Gardens

At the top of Jacob’s Ladder steps are freely accessible walled gardens with a band stand, cafe and stunning views along the coast.

> Find out more about the Connaught Gardens.

Photo: Sidmouth at Christmas

Winter and Christmas time in Sidmouth

Winter breaks offer bracing seaside walks; cosy country pubs; relaxing evenings by the log burner; unique Christmas shopping opportunities and some unusual festive events.

> Find out what’s on offer in Sidmouth in the winter time.

Sidmouth itself, in our opinion, is a very pretty town to stay in with fantastic views and a pretty little town centre with good places to eat. Whilst it is quiet it is definitely worth a visit.

J&EC from England

September 2012

We liked the range of independent shops and eateries in Sidmouth.

R&MM from England

July 2014

Sidmouth is a real walking town of quality. The walk down the Byes is lovely as is the sea front.

Stuart A from Birmingham

April 2017

Most memorable aspect: evening entertainments at Kennaway House and Sidholme musical evening.

P&NG from England

May 2015

Lovely seaside town with good selection of shops and lovely scenery.

AD from England

November 2015

Good shops, friendly people, great coffee shops, restaurants, botanical gardens and beach.

JS from England

August 2014

Lovely beaches, excellent choice of eateries, easy access by car to surrounding villages.

MPS from England

April 2015

A seaside town that still retains its original charm.

PN from England

July 2015

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