Our guide to Sidmouth holiday cottages

Tucked beneath dramatic red cliffs and perched beside a shimmering sea, Sidmouth is an idyllic place to unwind and discover rural Devon at your own pace. Sidmouth holidays are the perfect way to relax, surrounded by striking Devon scenery and the architecture of elegant days gone by. As a regular winner of Britain in Bloom, Sidmouth is a floral spectacle with bursts of colour throughout the town.

Things to do in Sidmouth

In the summer sunshine, it makes sense to head to a beautiful beach. Budleigh Salterton is a short drive from Exmouth and this stunning pebbled beach has made an impression on both visitors and locals. The water is shallow enough to splash around in while taking a walk in the fresh sea air always makes a good pastime.

If you’re feeling adventurous, take a walk from Sidmouth to Seaton. The section known as Jurassic Coast has some remarkable landmarks and sights to see. The 10 mile walk along the cliffs isn’t for the faint hearted but the remarkable scenery will make your jaw drop.

Another walk from Sidmouth to Beer takes you over the course of 9 miles along the South West Coast Path. Reach the steep cliffs and you’ll see some amazing picturesque views. A bus service also runs to Beer so if you need to put your feet up, take a rest in-between your stroll.

Sidmouth Attractions

If you’re in Sidmouth, a trip to Connaught Gardens is the perfect place to spend a summer’s day. Every Sunday during summer, the town band perform so grab a spot and wind down with a song or two. You might just fancy a snooze in the beautiful botanical gardens instead or relax with your favourite book. The garden looks out onto the sea and coastline so have your camera on hand to take some memorable shots.

A trip to Sidmouth Beach is the nearest you can get to Jurassic coastline without leaving Devon. The pebbled beach at Sidmouth is a great place to take a stroll as you admire the pretty views of the lovely Georgian parade. The beach begins at the River Sid and stretches to Jacobs Ladder. All the family will enjoy this day out as there are rockpools, red cliffs and roaring waves to keep you entertained.

Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary is a favourite with many visitors. The wide open fields means it’s a natural sanctuary for its residents. The donkeys love attention and meeting every guest so don’t forget to say hello. You can even have a cuddle with your favourite. If you want to know more about the visitors, attend one of the daily talks or ask a volunteer for updates. You can also sponsor your own donkey too as the sanctuary happily takes generous donations.

Restaurants in Sidmouth

Foodies who love pub grub will enjoy a trip to The Anchor Inn. This 450 year old pub is known for its seafood menu and its views overlooking the harbour in the village of Cockwood. The rustic interior, low beams and cosy atmosphere are highly welcoming. In summer months, you’ll be greeted by colourful, blooming flower baskets while in winter, twinkling fairy lights adorn the property. Enjoy a meal by candlelight or dine outside as you watch the swans swim by.

Mouth-watering pasta dishes, seafood ravioli and fine wine are just three highlights from The Rendezvous Restaurant. Open for daytime snacks and on weekend evenings, this lovely little eatery has something to offer all tastes and ages. Alternatively, you might fancy a sweet treat instead. Ice Cream Paradise boasts over 20 organic ice creams as well as a variety of cones. If you’re searching for the best ice cream in town, make sure you visit here.

For traditional cream tea and cake, the place you need to go is The Dairy Shop. This hidden gem is a real treat for Sidmouth visitors and you can expect a friendly welcome on arrival. We highly recommend a toasted teacake or pastry with a hot coffee or tea. But, if that doesn’t take your fancy, you can always enjoy a jacket potato, vegetarian option or another tasty snack. The warm environment has a lovely feel but if you want to enjoy the views of the sea, ask to take out your snacks instead.

Budleigh Salterton to Sidmouth

If Exmouth seems a little far, the 6 mile walk from Budleigh Salterton to Sidmouth may be the section of the South West Coast Path for you. This Sidmouth walk has an easy start, following the beach at Budleigh Salterton along the flat path behind. Cut through a nature reserve and cross the River Otter, before heading back to the...

The Dairy Shop

Described as ‘a hidden gem’ by one of the many happy TripAdvisor reviewers to have prasied this cafe, The Dairy Shop is ideal for a treat during a holiday in Sidmouth. This friendly cafe is renowned for its cream teas (well this is Devon after all), so if you’re determined to try a traditional Devon cream tea during your holiday...
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