Tourist Information in Exeter and East Devon
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Sidmouth Town Information

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Sidmouth Seafront Photo © Chris J. Dixon
Sidmouth Seafront - Photo: Chris J. Dixon CCL

  Sidmouth is the most popular seaside resort on east Devon’s magnificent coast and has managed to retain much of its old-world charm in spite of the crowds that annually invade its genteel streets.
The town lies in the picturesque Sid Valley, sandwiched between the cliffs of Salcombe Hill and Peak Hill.

It became fashionable in the 19th century and attracted luminaries such as the poetess Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Shopping at Sidmouth Photo © Andy Peacock
Shopping at Sidmouth -
Photo: Andy Peacock CCL

Sidmouth Photo © Christine Matthews
Sidmouth - Photo: Christine Matthews CCL

  Later another poet, Sir John Betjemen, said it was a ‘feast of visual delight’.

Its Old Ship Inn dates to the 14th century and may well have been a watering hole for local smugglers.

Apart from the town’s main beach, Sidmouth is famous as the location of Jacob’s Ladder beach.