Sidmouth is a small town on the east Devon coast in an Area of Outstanding Beauty. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is on the south-west coastal path offering great walking opportunities. The town retains much of its charm; there are many Regency, Georgian and Victorian buildings to be seen.
As you explore the town you will see a variety of architecture from some splendid houses to relatively small cottages. A visit to Sidmouth Museum will give you an insight into the local area. This location also is the starting point for the guided walks around the town. You can get a copy of Sidmouth’s Blue Plaque Trail from the Tourist Information Centre and discover Sidmouth’s historic sights independently.
The town’s main beach area
runs the length of the esplanade here you will find bars, ice-cream parlours, cafes etc. and where you can spend some time; watching the boats and relaxing in the lovely setting. Sidmouth Town Beach is mainly made up of pebbles there are boat trips available, departing from Sidmouth Beach in the holiday season taking visitors for a sail along the fascinating Jurassic coastline.
Jacob’s Ladder Beach is a sand/pebble beach popular with families, children can have some fun in the rock pools, and facilities here include beach hut hire plus various eateries. There are some water sports on offer around the resort area, if you require more information on any of the topics mentioned you should contact the Tourist Information Centre. www.visitsidmouth.co.uk They can help on attractions, accommodation information etc.
Sidmouth is particularly beautiful in the summer months you will see many of the buildings decorated with hanging baskets, the parks and gardens are worth visiting for the wonderful scenery and the impressive floral displays.
You will find some of Sidmouth’s shopping streets a joy to wander through particularly the charm of the old narrow streets. There are gift shops, antique shops and craft centres to browse around as well as department stores and fashion shops. Many of the shops in the town are independent retailers.
At the beginning of August Sidmouth holds an annual Folk Festival which attracts musicians, street theatre and much more, as well as many more visitors to the town.
Accommodation choices vary in the area from, bed & breakfast, hotels, cottages to caravan holiday parks. During the main holiday weeks and when the Folk Festival is held it is recommended you book in advance of your holiday break.
The Manor Pavilion in Sidmouth offers a variety of productions throughout the season which includes concerts, drama and music.
Nearby attractions which might be of interest are the Beer Quarry Caves (around 6 miles east of town) conducted tours of the caves take about one hour, this underground quarry was first worked by the Romans.
La Ronde a unique 18th century sixteen sided house! These are both visitor attractions worth seeing.
There are many things to enjoy in the coastal town of Sidmouth including some stunning scenery; the Sid Valley is a wonderful place to explore. Sidmouth is worth considering for a short or longer holiday stay.