Sidmouth Town in Devon
A picturesque seaside town in southeast Devon, Sidmouth lies at the end of a narrow valley wedged between deep, red sandstone cliffs that climb to over 500 feet high.
Approximately 15 miles southeast of Exeter, the town curently has a population of about 15,000, of whom 40% are over 65.
Sidmouth dates from at least Saxon times and was originally a small market town whose main industry was fishing. It is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Sedemuda". As fish stocks fell, Sidmouth fell into decline, but, happily for the town this was compensated for by the arrival of Georgian visitors hoping to take advantage of the areas mild climate.
From the 1780s increasing numbers of visitors came to Sidmouth for its beneficial health effects. Many settled here building seside getaways and villas.
These still characterise the town today. Many of the Regency and Georgian villas have now been converted into hotels and due to its shingle beach being less "family friendly" Sidmouth retains much of its former character today.
Highlights of Sidmouth include its Annual Sidmouth Folk Festival, the Esplanade and Connaught Gardens.
Sidmouth is also home to the Norman Lockyer Observatory and Planetarium.
The nearest source of local information is available from Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre.
Events near Sidmouth
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:
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