We know we’re biased but we can’t think of a single reason why you shouldn’t want to spend a weekend in Sidmouth! With the town easily reachable from places like London, Birmingham and Cardiff, it’s never been easier to enjoy a weekend away.

There are trains running from Paddington and Waterloo heading towards nearby stations like Exeter St Davids, where you can get a connection to Honiton or Feniton to take you on to Sidmouth. Mainline coach companies also offer visits to Sidmouth, or hop in the car, Sidmouth is just 10 miles from junction 30 of the M5. Now you know how easy it is to get here, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can spend a weekend in and around Sidmouth.

Enjoy the region’s natural larder

Sidmouth is in East Devon and benefits from the incredible local food and drink scene that makes East Devon so beloved. Eateries all over the region offer incredible local, seasonal food and drink, with locally brewed ales and ciders, wine from local vineyards and gin distilled on the Jurassic Coast. You’ll also find home grown meat, vegetables and fruits and of course – a traditional Devon cream tea, complete with local cream, home made scones and jam sourced from East Devon.

Explore the Jurassic Coast

Visiting Sidmouth means a chance to explore the beautiful Jurassic Coast. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Jurassic Coast is a must-visit location. You’ll find stunning coastal walks, the South West Coast Path and everything from boat trips to watersports, which will give you a whole new view of the Jurassic Coast.

See the wildlife

While Sidmouth makes an excellent base, as it is full of incredible accommodation options, it is also a good place to use as a base for exploring the rest of the region. East Devon is home to otters, beavers and a host of birdlife, particularly in places like the Seaton Wetlands and the River Otter. There are convenient public transport links between the various towns and villages in East Devon – how often is it that you can share the same air as a beaver after all!

Wonderful places to stay

If you’re looking for grandeur, you have to stay in Sidmouth. The town’s Regency charm features a host of hotels in former Victorian and Georgian manors and even the childhood home of Queen Victoria is available to stay in! There are a host of wonderful places to stay in and around Sidmouth, making it ideal for a weekend away.

A chance to escape the city

Enjoy a change of pace by spending a weekend in Sidmouth where you can move at your own pace, there is no hustle and bustle, but rather you can exist on your own time where you can do everything or nothing at all – whatever suits you!

Convinced to book a weekend away in Sidmouth?

Find more ideas of things to see and do, as well as places to stay below and check out our itineraries to help you plan your trip!