Top 10 Things to do in Sidmouth, United Kingdom (UK)

July 26, 2017 Christa Meece

Sidmouth /ˈsɪdməθ/ is a town situated on the English Channel coast in Devon, South West England, 14 miles (23 km) east-southeast of Exeter. In 2004, it had a population of about 15,000, of whom 40% were aged 65 or over. By the time of the 2011 census the population was 12,569. It is a tourist resort and a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. A large part of the town has been designated a conservation area.
Restaurants in Sidmouth

1. Peak Hill Llamas

4 Lower Brook Meadow | Sidford, Sidmouth EX10 9PS, England +44 1395 578697
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5 based on 81 reviews

Peak Hill Llamas

Fun-filled activity sessions and guided walks with llamas on East Devon's spectacular Jurassic Coast

Reviewed By Simon M

We had a meet and greet with the llamas and an afternoon cream tea. Upon arrival we were greeted by Maggie with open arms. Everything was explained to us in full as to how to handle the llamas and how each llama had its own personality. Even though we were there in the rain we had the most wonderful experience for which I dont think any off us will forget. Ideal for any age come rain or shine.

2. The Donkey Sanctuary

Sidmouth EX10 0NU, England +44 1395 578222
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

The Donkey Sanctuary

Set along the historic Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our working farm is home to donkeys, mules and hinnies - large and small. Come and say hello to some of the hundreds of donkeys waiting to meet you, completely free of charge. Explore our exciting new Visitor Centre, Understanding Donkeys Zone and Dr Svendsen’s Hut, and discover just why donkeys are so special. Also enjoy our scenic farm trails, guided tours, outdoor play area, Nature Centre and Maze. Head to the new Gift Shop for donkey-design items for every pocket. When it’s time to take a break, relax in our new family-friendly restaurant, The Kitchen and enjoy freshly prepared dishes using local, ethically sourced produce alongside stunning views over the donkeys paddocks out to the sea. The Donkey Sanctuary was founded as a charity in 1969, by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. Open 365 days a year; entry and parking is free. Dogs on a lead are welcome.

Reviewed By Jenny C - Weymouth, United Kingdom

Have been here many times but this visit surpassed all the others.It has a brand new building housing the cafe, visitor centre, shop and toilets etc. A superb lunch in the cafe at a very reasonable price. There is a beautiful outdoor decking area which looks over the fields and the donkey shed. And as for all the donkeys,what can one say. They all look so happy in their forever home. I will be back again in the summer.

3. The Byes Riverside Park

Salcombe Road, Sidmouth EX10 8PR, England
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The Byes Riverside Park

Reviewed By rayrest

Easy walk along the River Sid, in the lovely town of Sidmouth. Fairly easy to find. This walk is easy and no steep inclines, mostly flat and awesome walking by the river.

4. Connaught Gardens

Jacob's Ladder, Sidmouth EX10 8RU, England +44 1395 517528
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4.5 based on 701 reviews

Connaught Gardens

Reviewed By Jacqui S

The Connaught Gardens are a delight. Obviously at this time of year, flowers and plants are only just now starting to come to life. But living here in Sidmouth, it is delightful to go through seasons awaiting the new life that is about to come. It is a beautiful place to visit for contemplation and mindfulness, even on a dark winters nighht. Highly recommended.

5. Jacobs Ladder Beach

Sidmouth EX10 8QL, England
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4.5 based on 258 reviews

Jacobs Ladder Beach

Reviewed By Caroline B - Chichester, United Kingdom

Jacob's Ladder gets its name from the wooden steps which lead down from Connaught Gardens. Here is one of Sidmouth's two large Beaches which is an expanse of sand and shingle.
Although the beach can be accessed via the steps you can walk around from the town's main beach.
It is backed by steep, red cliffs giving some shelter from the wind. At low tide there are rock pools - great fun for the children and a nice spot for families.

6. Sidmouth - Valley, Ridge and Jurassic Coast walk

Bedford Hotel | Station Road, Sidmouth EX10 8RR, England +44 1392 383560
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Sidmouth - Valley, Ridge and Jurassic Coast walk

A moderate 5.5 mile walk around Sidmouth, an attractive seaside town on the coast of East Devon. Situated where the River Sid meets the sea, it is flanked on both sides by high ridges which contain the town and give it its scenic backdrop. No stiles; the route climbs on the South West Coast Path from sea level to 200m/650ft at the ridge top, a long steady rather than steep climb.

Reviewed By Henry T - Reading, United Kingdom

We were staying in Sidmouth and walked two days along the South West Coastal Pathway in each direction.
Either way you'll come across either this part of Sidmouth beach-front or something similar and not be disappointed.
Even on a bank holiday Monday in August we were able to get away from the crowds and pretty much enjoy the pathways to ourselves.

7. Salcombe Hill Walk

Car Park Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth EX10 0NY, England +44 1392 383560
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Salcombe Hill Walk

This moderate 2.8 mile walk starts from Salcombe Hill, high above Sidmouth. You drop through woodland to the path beside the River Sid. At the seafront, a shingle ridge provides a buffer zone between the sea and town. Zigzag up the hill, above the towering red cliffs, to bring you up to a viewpoint with breathtaking views out over Lyme Bay and the famous cliffs of the Jurassic Coast.

Reviewed By Stephen W - Nottingham, United Kingdom

This really is a beautiful walk and must be done if visiting Salcombe.
Obviously, there is a large hill to climb so don't do it if your not able or fit but the views walking up and on the top are really breath-taking. If you do get a little tired there are plenty of benches to get your breath back and enjoy the amazing views.
You will also walk through a small woodland which is full of bluebells - we went in April and they were all out and just looked stunning.
Well worth a visit!!

8. Sidmouth Museum

Hope Cottage Church Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LY, England +44 1395 516139
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Sidmouth Museum

Reviewed By carole2710 - Adelaide, Australia

I recommend this Museum to people of all ages, but especially for children: they cater very well for the young ones. The Wednesday afternoon geology walk is particularly interesting for anyone looking to learn more about the history and formation of the Jurassic coast.

9. Manor Pavilion Theatre

Manor Road, Sidmouth EX10 8RP, England +44 1395 514413
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Manor Pavilion Theatre

Reviewed By HertsDebbie - Herts

Stayed in Sidmouth for three nights and chose to visit this wonderful theatre two nights in a row as different plays were on. Saw Birthday Suite which was absolutely great. The second evening we saw Absent Friends which was not as funny but still worth seeing. The actors are part of the only repertory company left in the UK which is wonderful. All the actors were talented and it was particularly lovely how they spoke to their audience at the end of
the performance. They also greeted the audience as they left the theatre which was really nice. The theatre itself was also very nice and all the box office staff were lovely too. A definite place to visit if staying in Sidmouth.

10. Sidmouth Parish Church (St Giles' & St Nicholas')

Church Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LG, England +44 1395 512595
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Sidmouth Parish Church (St Giles' & St Nicholas')

Reviewed By David D - Devon, United Kingdom

Saturday 22nd April, we were in Sidmouth and we strolled up Church Street and we visited this Church, which is in the centre of the Town. We walked up the pathway to the church through the well maintained grounds and graveyard.
The church building is a Victrorian rebuild, in 1860, and is situated ancient foundations.
We entered the Church through a side door which led us into one of the two side aisles, this one housed the organ with its large pipes. At the end of the other side aisle was a small altar for prayer and  reflection. When we visited this was the Easter altar which was decorated with flowers, as was the whole church, displays of flowers all around, it looked lovely.
Both side aisles had dark wood beamed ceilings but were not has high as the ceiling in the main. 
At both ends of the Church, over the main door and behind the altar there are beautiful large colourful stained glass windows, which mostly date from 1860s. All around the church are smaller but equally as colourful windows.
Just inside the main doorway there are some old stone floor slabs which blend so well with the new modern tiles.
There is the main section of the church, the Nave, leads down to the altar and choir area. This section has a very high wooden beamed ceiling.
A delight to walk around. We left through the main door.
There was a sign on the doorway stating that dogs on leads were permitted into the church.

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