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Visitor information for Sidmouth in Devon

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An elegant Regency town, Sidmouth has a genteel ambience and charm with over 500 listed buildings, beautiful gardens and stunning coastal views. It also has some fine shops, selling desirable items such as unusual gifts, designer clothing, and lifestyle goods. It is also a great place to sample some freshly caught fish from one of the local fishmongers or stylish seafront eateries.

Sidmouth has welcomed a host of famous visitors over the years including Princess Victoria, the Grand Duchess of Russia, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Find out more about the town's history and connections at Sidmouth Museum housed in a delightful Regency cottage, also the start point for interesting town tours. Sidmouth’s beach is a paradise for children, with rock pools to explore and golden sand at low tide, perfect for building sandcastles!

Thousands of visitors head to Sidmouth every August for the internationally famous Sidmouth Folk Week, but the town has plenty of entertainment throughout the year. There are band concerts in Connaught Gardens, a regatta and the Charles Vance Play Festival in the summer, while in autumn it is the turn of Sidmouth Carnival's illuminated procession of colourful floats.

Sidmouth lies on the Jurassic Coast and its Millennium Walkway passes beneath vivid red Triassic sandstone cliffs scoured and sculpted into fantastic shapes by the passage of ancient rivers. From here you can climb the South West Coast Path to Ladram Bay with its stunning red rock chimneys in one direction or picturesque Branscombe in the other.

Just a short distance from the town is the Donkey Sanctuary, a much loved family attraction where visitors can meet over 400 rescued donkeys who adore fuss and attention! There is a visitor centre and restaurant as well as wonderful walks from the Sanctuary across the fields to the coast and there is no entrance charge. At nearby Salcombe Hill the space age domes of the Norman Lockyer Observatory are an unexpected sight, offering regular open evenings - a unique opportunity to marvel at the night sky through powerful telescopes.

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