Sidmouth on East Devon’s Jurassic World Heritage Coast is a Regency seaside gem brimming with unique charm and character. Visitors flock here all year round, attracted by Sidmouth’s wonderfully clean beaches, charming independent shops, the distinctive red cliffs framing the town and the gentle hills of the Sid Valley just inland. Spectacular scenery combined with great beaches, world class events, captivating Georgian architecture and a selection of excellent restaurants, inns and cafes make Sidmouth one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Jurassic Coast. The variety of accommodation available is as charming as the town and includes Regency cottages, luxury boutique B&Bs and classic small, independent seaside hotels. Character and quality come as standard with Sidmouth accommodation.
Folk Week & The Donkey Sanctuary
The internationally acclaimed Sidmouth Folk Week takes place annually in August attracting musicians and performers from all over the world. Don’t miss a visit to Sidmouth’s Donkey Sanctuary which welcomes visitors all year round. Admission and parking are free and dogs are welcome. The Donkey Sanctuary is a charity, and includes the on-site Hayloft Restaurant and a Nature Centre where children can enjoy a range of activities including bark rubbing and nature trails.
The beaches at Sidmouth are superb for rock pooling, with golden sands at low tide. Right up to the red stone cliffs you have clean gentle pebbles. Beach choice includes beautiful Clifton beach flanked by red sandstone cliffs and explore the stunning eastern end towards Port Royal which is popular for fishing.
History & Museum
Sidmouth has a long history as a popular seaside resort stretching back to the Georgian era. The town has over 500 listed buildings and quite a few Blue Plaques, with a mix of elegant Georgian properties and thatched cottages. Regency magic can be seen in buildings like the Royal Glen Hotel which was briefly a childhood home of Princess Victoria. There are many more Strawberry Gothic styled and Cottage Orne buildings dotted about the town.
Explore the history of Sidmouth’s Royal visitors and Regency resort heyday at the free entry Sidmouth Museum with examples of Honiton lace and a collection of watercolours of local scenes by artists such as Hubert Cornish. Browse the diary of local resident Peter Orlando Hutchinson, son of a doctor, who came to Sidmouth in 1825 and ended up writing a five volume history of the town. A choice of guided walks are organised from Sidmouth Museum offering a fascinating insight into the formation of the Jurassic Coast.
Sidmouth sits at the heart of East Devon’s Jurassic Coast, on one of the most beautiful stretches. Rich in geology, the red rocks crowned by yellow upper greensand and white chalk are a breathtaking sight. For a real understanding of just how they were formed visit the Sidmouth Museum and take a free guided walk with expert commentary. The surrounding land surface is ancient, and part of what is called the Great Unconformity, an effect produced from erosion which took place 40 million years ago.
Walking along the South West Coast Path around Sidmouth is incredibly popular all year round. From the magnificent red cliffs at Sidmouth head east along the coast towards Seaton to appreciate the spectacular and dramatic changes in rock formation along this World Heritage Coastline. Gradually the great red earth and cliffs of the Triassic Period change to white chalk around Beer village, before arriving at the mouth of the Axe and deep red cliffs at Seaton village.