Take a trip to the seaside at the historic Regency town of Sidmouth, located on the Jurassic Coast. Stroll along the Esplanade, explore the town or walk around the Connaught Gardens.
Things to do
Take a walk up Peak Hill for spectacular views over the town and coast. Visit the Connaught Gardens with a collection of cacti and carnivorous plants in the showhouse, a sunken garden and a variety of plants and topiary, as immortalised in verse by Sir John Betjeman:
“Pause on Peak Hill, look eastward to the town,
Then to the Connaught Gardens wander down
And in the shelter of its tropic bowers,
I see its bright and outsize Devon flowers”.
Spend some time on the beach. The beach next to the Esplanade is pebbles, but walk up the hill and Jacobs’s Ladder beach is sandy and sheltered by high cliffs. You can climb Jacobs’s Ladder to visit the Café or Connaught Gardens from the beach.
Take the bus to visit the Donkey Sanctuary. From small beginnings, the Sanctuary now rescues and cares for hundreds of donkeys. Visit Slade House Farm to meet some of their donkeys and learn more about the work of the Charity.
Stagecoach bus 52A operates from Sidmouth to the Sanctuary approximately hourly.
Getting to Sidmouth
From Exeter, catch 52A or 52B. The 52A also links Seaton with Sidmouth and the 52B Honiton and Sidmouth. All the bus services stop at the Triangle which is convenient for the town centre and Esplanade.
If you are travelling from further afield, take the bus or train to Exeter and then catch one of the services listed above.
Use our Interactive Bus Map