East Devon is one of the most picturesque and fascinating places in the county, if you’re staying in Sidmouth, you’re perfectly places to explore the beautiful coastline and stunning countryside – so here are a few of our top suggestions for day trips from Sidmouth.
19 minutes away
Believed to be the longest village in England, Branscombe is located between Sidmouth and Seaton and is one of the most relaxing and picturesque places along the Jurassic Coast. The streets are lined with colourful, thatched cottages and some lovely views of the sea. There are several historic buildings that can be found in the village, making it a great location for anyone that loves history and heritage. The National Trust look after both the Old Bakery and the Forge which is one of the oldest working thatched forges of its kind in England.
20 minutes away
Surrounded by cliffs, Beer has some of the loveliest coastal walks that can be found in the region. The walk from Seaton to Beer along the South West Coast Path is particularly beautiful and has dramatic views across the Jurassic Coast. The beach is shingle and you can see the local fishermen bringing in the catch of the day, which is always nice to watch if the sun is shining.
22 minutes away
Full of family attractions and a haven for watersports in this region, Seaton is a great option for anyone who wants to have a bit of fun for the day. One of the most popular places to go when in Seaton is the Wetlands Nature Reserve where you can spot the resident wildlife. There are also a number of Devon’s top attractions in the town which are suitable for the whole family.
22 minutes away
This is one of those unspoiled towns that Devon is famous for. Budleigh is picturesque and charming and East Budleigh is the birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh, who you may know from Britain’s maritime history. He was born at Hayes Barton.
30 minutes away
Though over the border in Dorset, Lyme Regis is within easy reach of Sidmouth. If you’re interested in finding out more about the Jurassic Coast or doing a spot of fossil hunting, this is the place to go. The museum in town is located in the former home of famous fossil hunter Mary Anning.
33 minutes away
One of the oldest seaside town in Devon, you’ll find two miles of sandy beach here as well as a range of interesting shops and a Blue Plaque Heritage Trail, like the one you will have seen while in Sidmouth. Being located on the banks of the Exe Estuary, Exmouth is a wildlife hotspot, is perfect for watersports and has plenty of charming walking trails to explore.
Find other nearby places for you to explore while you’re in Sidmouth here.