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24 hours in Sidmouth: A town guide

PUBLISHED: 17:02 14 September 2018

Sidmouth (c) Jason Cartwright, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Sidmouth (c) Jason Cartwright, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


As part of her regular series where she visits Devon’s best places for 24 hours, Lydia Tewkesbury has this time been to Sidmouth


The Donkey Sanctuary

Make some new four-legged friends while you stroll the lovely grounds of the Sanctuary. Pop into Dr Svendsen’s hut to learn about the charity’s work.


Treat yourself to a massage, beauty treatment or day package at this serene spa. Take a dip in the hydrotherapy pool and finish off your session with a cream tea.

Jacob’s Ladder

This pebbled beach is perfect for a day out with the family. Swim, sunbathe or simply marvel at the gorgeous sea view. A section of the beach is dog-friendly year round – always check the signs.


The Pea Green Boat

With produce so local they even go out of their way to list their suppliers on their website – many of them in Sidmouth itself. Enjoy fresh, seasonal food with a sea view.

Bedford Hotel

Take in the full regency experience with a stay in this spectacular and historic building – one of the first built on the seafront in the early 1800s.

Sidmouth Harbour Hotel

Spend a luxurious evening in the Upper Deck Bar and Restaurant. With floor to ceiling glass windows, it offers a panoramic view.


The Clock Tower

Placed perfectly within the historical Connaught Gardens, this recently renovated café, restaurant and cakery has some of best home-made sweet treats in town.


Able to cater for any occasion, from a lavish dinner date to a laid back lunch. Expect fresh, seasonal fare accompanied by stunning views across Lyme Bay.

Mocha Restaurant

Set within a beautiful Grade II listed building, sit down for an atmospheric breakfast, lunch or dinner in these perfect seafront surroundings. Also dog friendly!


Potburys of Sidmouth

Supplying homeowners with furniture for over 150 years, go here for stylish home furnishings including beds, dining room furniture and carpets.

Fields of Sidmouth

One of a handful of remaining family-owned department stores in the UK, you’ll find clothes, beauty, gifts and more – all with unrivalled customer service.

Dotty Home and Gifts

An eclectic mix of the latest Scandi style, shabby chic, French vintage and country cottage looks. Search through unique pieces at affordable prices.

Paul Herbinator Herbert: The Black Horse for good food, good atmosphere and great staff.

Karen Whittaker: Have some fun times with Jurassic Paddle Sports.

Gill Melly: Rock pooling at low tide .

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