For my next visit to Sidmouth as well as having a proper pub crawl and sussing out where's good to eat I really must make the time for a museum visit.The local museum claims to cover 240 million years of history! That of course refers to the town's Jurassic Coast location. Other exhibitions cover the town's Regency evolution which is slightly more...more
Sidmouth is located on the East Devon section of the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, and also obviously on the Southwest Coast Path. The town is flanked, both to east and west, by spectacular red sandstone cliffs and both directions offer scenic walking with interesting destinations.Heading west the path takes you to Otterton and then Buldeigh...more
Although Sidmouth markets itself as a "Seaside Resort" it doesn't really have that much in the way of a beach and what there is is mostly pebbles. There is a sandy section but that only appears when the tide is out and so if it is beach activities that you are after you'd best consult the local tide timetables when planning your trip.The upside of...more
Being a foodie, I will travel far and wide for something special. I can honestly say this was one of the most wonderful surprises I've had in a long time in Britain. The monkfish special was melt-in-your-mouth tender. It was accompanied by, surprisingly, pumpkin with a very delicate cream sauce.I also noticed the plate my neighbors were enjoying,...more
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If visiting Sidmouth from Exeter the Stagecoach #52 (A and B) runs about half-hourly during the day and hourly later in the evening with a journey time of about 45 minutes. If making a day of it then the £6.50 "Explorer" ticket is your best buy as this allows unlimited travels on all the company's services around south and mid Devon and so if you...more
Stagecoach Mainline bus routes 52a and 52b run from Exeter Bus Station every half an hour (hourly on Sundays) throughout the day until late evening. The route is quite scenic.For the Sidmouth seafront, get off the bus at the Sidmouth Triangle.A day return ticket costs £6.00. This is actually a Stagecoach Devon Day Explorer ticket, so you can use it...more
One of the first things you'll notice about Sidmouth are the well-kept gardens, both private and municipal, and from early spring until late autumn the town is a riot of colour. Not only do the locals compete against each other but the town too is a regular winner of various horticultural awards locally, nationally and even internationally.
No business is complete without at least a couple of hanging baskets and some of the municipal spaces have outstandingly artistic displays such as the fish on pic #1 from the little park area next to the triangle.
Also well worth a wander are the Connaught Gardens on top of the hill at the western end of town, where incidentally the local brass band holds Sunday evening concerts at the bandstand during the summer.
Sidmouth has hosted an annual folk festival since 1955. This began as a relatively low-key event run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society and grew into an international festival of music and crafts and appropriately renamed the Sidmouth International Festival in 1986.It almost became a victim of its own success, attracting over 65,000...more
Sidmouth's TIC is located on Ham Lane at the eastern end of the Esplanade. This is open from about 10 am to 6 pm seven days a week in the summer and between 10 and 4 Monday to Saturday in the winter (website has precise details). Here you can get all the assistance you require regarding local info and assistance with accomodation. Especially useful...more