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 Sidmouth Museum,  Hope Cottage,Church Street, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8LY
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 Norman Lockyer Observatory, Salcombe Hill EX10 ONX
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 The National Trust are the landowners at Littlecombe Shoot.
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Gateway Town road sign Sidmouth is a Gateway Town to the Jurassic Coast.

Sidmouth still has a unique charm, which has captivated thousands. Beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, Regency history, fine hotels, clean beaches and friendly shops - it's all here in this lovely seaside town.

Sidmouth still has a unique charm, which has captivated thousands.  Beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, Regency history, fine hotels, clean beaches and friendly shops - it's all here in this lovely seaside town.  Sidmouth nestles beneath majestic red cliffs and the green hills of the glorious Sid valley, meaning it is not only picturesque but also enjoys a very mild climate.

There are a variety of good restaurants housed in many of its fine hotels, while its cafes and pubs serve excellent food to suit all tastes. There are safe clean beaches for swimming, sailing or wind surfing, a superb golf course and driving range, plus pitch and putt, bowls, tennis, a croquet lawn and a welcoming seafront cricket club. The town is also home to the wonderful 'Fields', one of only a few select, family owned and managed, independent department stores left in England, whose bags boast 'service as it used to be'.

Every year, at the height of the summer, the town literally overflows with colour and swings to the sound of world music during the internationally acclaimed folk festival. The once quiet promenade becomes a packed corridor of Morris dancers, didgeridoos, fire eaters and lyre players. Festival goers trip from pub to pub, pewter tankards in hand sampling the local ale at the town's many pubs. 

People who have visited Sidmouth once generally return again and again. Its old world charm is enchanting.

The main headquarters and intake centre of the Donkey Sanctuary are located at Slade House Farm near Sidmouth, just off the South West Coast Path. There are no commercial attractions at the Sanctuary, just gently rolling countryside with walks around the fields where you can meet the donkeys. Use the following link for more information about the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary.

Getting There

By Foot: Accessible via the South West Coast Path which runs along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast.

By Bus: There is a regular bus service from Exeter bus station to Sidmouth. In summer the bus service meets certain main trains at Honiton railway station but visitors are advised to consult Stagecoach. Tel: 01392 427711, or your local railway station for details. Find out more about the Jurassic Coast Bus Service or contact Traveline on tel: 0870 6082608 or visit Traveline for further information.

By Coach: National Express Services from all parts of the country to Exeter.  Contact tel: 08705 808080 or visit National Express.

By Rail: Fast trains from the Midlands and the North to Exeter St Davids, from London (Paddington) to Exeter St Davids, and from London (Waterloo) to Honiton. Call National Rail Enquiries on tel: 08457 484950 or visit National Rail Enquiries for further information.

By Road: The A3052 goes straight to Sidmouth. If travelling south on A303 join A30 exit at Honiton and follow signs A375 to Sidmouth.

By Air: Exeter Airport is 30 minutes from Sidmouth. Scheduled services for domestic and international flights.


Map Key

  • Gateway Town

  • Abbotsbury

    This very old village, settled amongst the hills behind the great Chesil Bank, is world famous for its swannery.

  • Axminster

    Axminster, is a pleasant market town with charm and character. Its famous carpet industry was started in 1755, by Thomas Whitty whose factory produced high quality, custom made carpets for stately homes and mansions.

  • Axmouth

    A ten minute walk along the coast from Seaton is the ancient harbour of Axmouth, home to the Sea Discovery Centre.

  • Beer

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    Nestling in a small valley, lies the delightful, 'picture postcard', fishing village of Beer.

  • Bournemouth

    Bournemouth is a superb resort and offers something for everyone.

  • Branscombe

    The picturesque village of Branscombe is said to be the longest in the country, sweeping down a spectacular valley, past colourful thatched cottages with hanging baskets and climbing roses, down to the sea and a shingle beach.

  • Bridport

    Bridport is a small market town with a warm welcome and a world renowned rope and net making industry.

  • Budleigh Salterton

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    This tranquil and historic seaside town nestles on the edge of a pebble beach beneath spectacular red cliffs, made famous by literary giants such as Noel Coward, P.G. Woodhouse and Anthony Trollope.

  • Charmouth

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    Charmouth is a quiet seaside hamlet where time has stood still - the perfect location for a relaxing holiday. It is the best place along the Jurassic Coast to look for fossils.

  • Corfe Castle

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  • Dorchester

    Dorchester is a historic market town with its roots in Roman times; however it is most famously associated with Thomas Hardy. With its elegant 18th century houses, broad Walks and bustling shopping streets, Dorchester has much to offer the visitor.

  • Exeter

    Old and new lie side by side to make Exeter a rich and vibrant city.

  • Exmouth

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    Exmouth, at the estuary's mouth, marks the World Heritage Coastline's western gateway and despite being one of England's oldest resorts, remains untouched by commercialism.

  • Honiton

    Honiton is famous for lace making and is also a major centre for antiques, with shops devoted to furniture, art and second-hand books.

  • Kimmeridge

    Long rock ledges, a pebbled beach line and rocky outcrops all make this bay stunning.

  • Langton Matravers

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  • Lyme Regis

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    The seaside town of Lyme Regis nestles in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the point where the rugged West Dorset and East Devon coastlines meet - the heart of the Jurassic Coast.

  • Ottery St Mary

    Ottery St Mary is a little town with a long history. Ottery's roots run deeper than Doomsday Book. In 1061, Edward the Confessor ceded the already established wealthy manor of Oterie to the Cathedral Chapter of Rouen.


  • Poole

    Poole Harbour is the second largest harbour in the world after Sydney, Australia. The Quay is a hive of activity all year round with a huge array of fishing boats, yachts, powerboats and pleasure cruisers.

  • Portland

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    Portland is an explorer's island with beautiful scenery and a mysterious quality of isolation, joined only to the mainland by Chesil Beach.

  • Seaton

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    Tucked away in the south eastern corner of Devon, is the beautiful, unspoilt Axe Valley. At the mouth of the River Axe is the friendly, coastal resort of Seaton.

  • Sidmouth

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    Sidmouth still has a unique charm, which has captivated thousands. Beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, Regency history, fine hotels, clean beaches and friendly shops - it's all here in this lovely seaside town.

  • Studland

    The lovely village of Studland is famous for its National Nature Reserve and beautiful natural bay. The village has an interesting Norman church with breathtaking views across the bay.

  • Swanage

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    The gentle shelving beach at Swanage, with its Victorian pier and fabulous views across to the Needles on the Isle of Wight, is hugely popular with families.

  • Wareham

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    Wareham is a fascinating and picturesque market town which dates back over 2000 years.

  • West Bay

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    Just south of Bridport is the pretty harbour village of West Bay, once known as Bridport Harbour. 

  • West Lulworth

    Lulworth Cove is a stunning, textbook perfect, cove and the landscape surrounding it is some of the most outstanding in Britain.

  • Weymouth

    Gateway Town road signWeymouth has so much to offer every visitor. Its fame as a seaside resort dates back over 200 years when King George III holidayed here.