If you have a dog, you’ll know that our four legged friends are a huge part of the family, so naturally, you want them to come with you when you’re out and about and visiting new places. Whether you’re a resident or a tourist, there are plenty of places in and around Sidmouth for you to spend time exploring with your dog.
With the surrounding countryside and the variety of walkways, Sidmouth is the ideal destination for anyone looking for a dog friendly holiday. Not only is there the South West Coast Path, but also the Byes and Margaret Meadow have the perfect terrain for having an adventure with your furry friends.
Something all dogs love is digging in the sand and running in and out of the sea and luckily for them, Sidmouth welcomes dogs to the beach. There are selected areas of Sidmouth’s beach that are dog friendly all year around and other areas where there are restrictions at certain times of year.
The main beach at Sidmouth has restrictions for dogs between 1st May and 30th September but do check local signs for the latest information.
Dog friendly attractions
If you’re planning a day out in Sidmouth and you know your dog will be joining you, there are plenty of family friendly attractions offering a great day out for everyone. Sidmouth and the Sid Valley is home to several of Devon’s top attractions and many of them are welcoming to dogs.
Each one has their own rules and restrictions when it comes to dogs, some insist on dogs being kept on leads or only being permitted in certain areas, so check with the individual locations, but you’ll find a host of fascinating places to visit. One of the most popular tourist attractions is the Donkey Sanctuary which is happy for your dogs to join you in making friends with the hundreds of rescued donkeys and mules that call the sanctuary home. Nearby you’ll also find the Seaton Tramway in the neighbouring town of Seaton and Pecorama in Beer village which is just a little way along the South West Coast Path from Sidmouth town centre.
There are also a number of National Trust properties that can be easily accessed from Sidmouth which are dog friendly.
A right dog’s dinner
Devon is well known for the array of fantastic food and drink and this is certainly true to the East Devon area where Sidmouth is located. The surrounding countryside is perfect for rearing and growing food while the coast produces the incredible fresh fish that the region is famous for. It isn’t just humans that can enjoy the range of food and drink on offer in Sidmouth either, there are plenty of pubs, cafes and even a few restaurants that allow dogs to join you. The concessions that can be found along the seafront even provide water and other treats, including dog friendly ice cream!
Dog friendly places to stay
Sidmouth and the surrounding area has a host of grand Regency style hotels, cosy cottages, family friendly holiday parks and campsites with stunning views many of which are happy to welcome dogs to come and stay with you.
The Sid Valley is full of comfortable coastal and countryside cottages which offer guests flexibility that you don’t get with a hotel, but they’re also great for dog owners as you get loads of space and they’re a real home from home. Dog friendly campsites can also be found all over the area, but if camping or a cottage holiday isn’t for you, there are several hotels and b&bs that are happy to accept dogs too. Take a look at the accommodation in Sidmouth here.