Connaught Gardens are the perfect spot to enjoy a summer’s day by the sea during a Sidmouth holiday. As well as the scenic location to enjoy, there’s always something going on at the gardens so they’re a hive of activity during the summer.
The town band perform every Sunday evening during the high season and the grass fills with an audience enjoying the last hour or two of sunshine before the weekend comes to a close. The botanical gardens are one of Sidmouth’s most colourful corners and they’re a sleepy spot to enjoy a book on a warm day.
The gardens’ views out to see and along the coastline haven’t always just been there for visitors to admire, they were put to good use during World War II and still show the marks from their part in history today.
The gardens were closed and became home to a pair of swivel guns used to defend the south coast. There was a searchlight fitted to the clock tower and a gun was fitted in the Sunken Garden for practice. Due to a lack of shells the guns were only actually fired once or twice but the concrete emplacement remains in them to this day.
Jacob's Ladder, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RU