The lovely little seaside town of Sidmouth is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Devon, and it’s easy to see why. With beautiful parkland and gardens providing great areas for leisurely walks, clean, sandy beaches, Regency history, fine hotels and friendly village shops, this beautiful seaside town is nestled beneath regal red cliffs and the rolling green hills of the spectacular Sid Valley. With so much to see and do and something for everybody, Sidmouth is a fantastic destination for UK holidays and days out.
Jacob’s Ladder Beach
Located at the sandy, western end of Sidmouth’s town beach, Jacob’s Ladder is mostly pebble and a great area for families with young children. There is a large expanse of sand, and plenty of rock pools when the tide is low. It’s popular with both swimmers and sunbathers during the summer, and the water quality is rated five stars. If you have a pet dog, you’ll be glad to know that you can bring them along as dogs are welcome all year around on the beach, so long as you clean up after them using the dog bins provided. The beach features a café and restaurant, and disabled facilities are provided. Access is via a level path from the main beach, or you can reach Jacob’s Ladder from Connaught Gardens using the set of wooden steps from which the beach gets its name.
The Donkey Sanctuary
If you’re an animal lover visiting Sidmouth, a visit to The Donkey Sanctuary is a must. Previous visitors have rated the sanctuary as absolutely amazing, and with plenty to see and do for both adults and children of all ages. The sanctuary has a gift shop and restaurant, and there’s the option to adopt a donkey of your choice, with all proceeds going towards the upkeep of the sanctuary and caring for the donkeys. The sanctuary is free to visit, however donations are much appreciated.
Those interested in local history should consider paying a visit to the Sidmouth museum. Although it is quite small and quaint, the two floors are home to a wide range of interesting material and exhibits, and the volunteer staff run regular free guided tours explaining the geology of the area. The museum portrays the rich and varied history of the town, and highlights of the collections on display include regency prints, Victoriana, old photographs, and costume lace which will fascinate any visitors interested in the heritage and history of the area. Throughout the season, local craft demonstrations are held by Sidmouth residents.
Manor Pavilion Theatre
An intimate little theatre which puts on a great show every week, Manor Pavilion Theatre has been described by its guests as delightful and with real character. With just 275 seats, it may be a world away from large city theatres, but visitors will not be disappointed with the excellent atmosphere and the enthusiasm and talent of the local performers. Well worth a visit if you’re a fan of theatre and local productions.