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The county of Devon is the perfect place for those that love history and culture and no more so than in East Devon with its fascinating geological history making it easier for museums and other similar venues to create interactive, interesting exhibitions and displays to help you find out more about this beautiful part of the country.  

The people of Sidmouth are very proud of their heritage, something which is evident by the retaining of the Regency feel of the town as well as the heritage walks that can be found there. Many of the museums and galleries in the region are free to visit and offer a wide range of activities and workshops throughout the year, particularly during school holidays giving you plenty of chances to learn more about the region’s history, but also providing a fun day out for the whole family.  

It isn’t just history that is important in the region, it is also art and creativity. You’ll find a range of galleries displaying local art made up of everything from paintings to sculptures, so whatever your taste, you’ll find something for you.  

Heading to Sidmouth will mean you are well placed for visiting a wide range of museums across East Devon. The town has its own music, which can be found in the centre of town. It is free to enter and is run by the Sid Vale Association, who worked to install the Blue Plaques around the town.  


Sidmouth Museum 

Sidmouth’s Museum has a range of displays, with permanent exhibitions showcasing Sidmouth’s history from its humble beginnings to its present, showing how it has become this thriving tourist resort. This is in addition to a large collection of Victorian and Regency items including costumes, paintings and photographs of the region.  

Of course, being on the Jurassic Coast, there are opportunities to find out more about the town’s prehistoric times with a huge collection of fossils and rocks that have been found in Sidmouth over the years. Visitors can also join experienced guides on walks around the town where you can find out more about the most interesting places surrounding the museum. Check their website for up to date information on their seasonal displays. This is a museum with something for everyone to enjoy.  

You can find out more about Sidmouth’s history here.  


Nearby museums 

There are a host of museums and galleries within half an hour from Sidmouth town centre all focusing on different subjects. For instance, in nearby Honiton, you’ll find the most comprehensive collection of locally made lace in the world and in the Axe Valley, there are museums and displays showcasing the region’s Roman history including artefacts and detailing the area’s history in the carpet making industry.  

Further along the Jurassic Coast in Budleigh Salterton, there is a free museum and arts centre based in an 18th century cottage which features information on notable Devon residents including Sir Walter Raleigh as well as local history from around East Devon. 


Heritage attractions 

East Devon is home to a number of stately homes and historical estates which are now open to the public. Many of these are operated by national organisations such as English Heritage and the National Trust. 

For more details on heritage walks and heritage attractions in and around Sidmouth, speak to the team at the Information Centre where you can buy tickets and pick up guides, maps and advice on what is available. Get in touch with them by visiting the centre in the heart of Sidmouth or by email or phone.