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Sidmouth Town in Devon

Photograph of Sidmouth


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.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre.

Events near Sidmouth

Dining out near Sidmouth

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary, Honiton and Seaton.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:


arrowBudleigh Salterton





Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:


	arrowBudleigh Salterton


	arrowOttery St Mary


Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Newton Abbot, Paignton, Brixham and Moretonhampstead.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:


	arrowRadway Cinema

	arrowManor Pavilion Theatre

	arrowBicton Park Botanical Gardens

Budleigh Salterton

	arrowOtterton Mill

	arrowLily Farm Vineyard

Ottery St Mary

	arrowCadhay House

	arrowCadhay Gardens


	arrowWorld of Country Life

	arrowA la Ronde

	arrowSavoy Cinema

	arrowExmouth Pavilion




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