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About Sidmouth

The stately coastal town of Sidmouth is a wonderful destination for lovers of the great outdoors, with myriad clifftop walks, beautiful beaches and heaps of history to discover. There is plenty of shopping, too, a lively food and drink scene, and all the charm of a classic Regency seaside escape. Hugely popular with families and couples, Sidmouth offers a broad array of accommodation options — from cosy B&Bs to imposing spa hotels. Whether you’re dreaming of spectacular sea views, envisaging a pretty place to unwind with the kids and the dog, or eager to hide away in a fantastic foodie spot, our pick of the best places to stay in Sidmouth promises something for everyone.

Devon’s standout attractions are its natural wonders: the dramatic cliffs and sandy stretches of the 95-mile Jurassic Coast make for brilliant windswept walking throughout most of the year. Setting off from Sidmouth, there are paths criss-crossing the countryside in almost all directions, with lovely pubs in pretty villages for a well-earned pint and a bite to eat. Speak to your hotel for their top recommendations of rambles in the area, whether along the East Devon Way, the Thomas Hardy Trails or the Exe and Axe Estuaries. Head to Bicton Park Botanical Gardens for strolls in verdant surroundings, or take the whole family to the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary to meet hundreds of furry friends before venturing to Wildwood Escot for a fun-filled day of outdoor adventures.

Back in picturesque Sidmouth, amble along the Esplanade to soak up endless sea views and admire white-painted Regency buildings with intricately decorated balconies. Sidmouth Beach is a brilliant place to dip your toes in the sea, whilst the town’s winding streets are lined with independent boutiques, bustling cafés and a burgeoning selection of excellent eateries. Delve into the past at the Sidmouth Museum or gaze up towards the heavens at the Norman Lockyer Observatory. If you’re eager to get out on the water, there’s sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking to try, as well as some good surf in Lyme Bay.

Featuring Devon’s famously striking coastline, a plethora of walks, beaches and activities in the area, Sidmouth is a tremendously appealing base for an elegant seaside holiday. Many of the best places to stay in Sidmouth offer spellbinding sea views, whilst some of our favourite retreats are tucked within expansive gardens or in rural villages, encouraging you to unwind in absolute tranquility.

The Best Places to Stay in Sidmouth

For a seaside stay

  • Bedford Hotel offers elegant rooms in tranquil blue and white tones, perfect for a coastal escape. One of the first Regency houses to be built on Sidmouth seafront, the property boasts heaps of history as well as an excellent location. Dine in style at the restaurant and unwind with a local ale in the cosy bar. Also dog friendly! Great for ramblers and relaxed holidaymakers.
  • Sidmouth Harbour Hotel is a beautiful seaside hotel with fantastic views of the dramatic Jurassic Coast. Pick this place for its luxurious boutique feel and extensive spa — including a sauna, steam room, heated swimming pool and fitness centre. The 56 rooms are crisp and contemporary, whilst the seafood grill is a real highlight! An indulgent spa hotel for grown-ups.

For Foodies

  • The Salty Monk is a lovely restaurant with seven comfortable rooms in a sixteenth-century building on the edge of Sidford. The mini spa is a wonderful place to unwind, but the big draw is the award-winning restaurant. Stay here to feast on delectable West Country dishes in a blissful countryside setting. An intimate choice for foodies and walkers.

For Families

  • Woodlands Hotel is a charming family-friendly property just ten minutes' walk from Sidmouth Beach. The 18 bedrooms are smart and spacious, with large family options, and the generous gardens are ideal for the kids to play in after a scrumptious afternoon tea. With the beach nearby and lots to see in Sidmouth, this is a wonderful base for keen explorers and families eager to soak up the best of this pocket of Devon. 

For an apartment or holiday cottage

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Exeter Airport, which has good connections across the UK and Europe, or travel by train from London to Exeter. You can then hop aboard a bus or take a taxi to Sidmouth.
  • Devon is a wonderful region to explore by road, as there’s so much to see both inland and on the coast. If you would like to rent a car, we suggest that you contact our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Visit during the summer months (July and August) for the best weather and lots of sunshine. Sidmouth is, however, a year-round destination, and especially appealing in the spring or early autumn, when it's quieter.

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Best Hotels in Sidmouth

  • Woodlands Hotel Sidmouth (South Devon) 18 rooms from £130

    Families  -  A laid-back hotel with a large garden for children to play in; an ideal choice for those travelling with kids (and pets too)
    Local exploring  -  Centrally located in Sidmouth making it easy to access historic sights, boutique shops, and sandy beaches
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the dramatic Jurrassic coastline
    Sights nearby  -  Spend the day in Bicton’s grade 1 listed gardens
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    A charming white house with pretty blue shutters set in mature gardens in the heart of Sidmouth. Light rooms feature large sash windows, crisp white linen, and modern bathrooms. The restaurant uses locally sourced produce and serves craft beers. An idyllic choice for a coastal escape. See More

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  • Bedford Hotel Sidmouth (South Devon) 40 rooms from £155

    Families  -  With friendly-staff, family suites, and even the dog welcome - this is ideal for a family break
    Beach Life  -  Overlooking picturesque Lyme Bay, an idyllic spot for a British beach holiday
    Great walks  -  Spend days exploring the epic Jurassic coastline
    Sailing  -  View the coastline from the sea on a ferry ride
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    A family-run hotel set in a regency house overlooking Lyme Bay. Elegant rooms have been lovingly renovated resulting in a fresh take on traditional design. A laid-back restaurant offers British fare while the bar serves up local ales. An idyllic choice for a British coastal break. See More

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  • The Salty Monk Sidmouth, Devon 7 rooms from £159

    Country Escape  -  A relaxing rural property surrounded by the natural riches of East Devon.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the beautiful Jurassic coastal path.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the majestic Exeter Cathedral.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
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    An award winning restaurant and adjoining B&B set in the pretty town of Sidmouth. Rooms vary between uber contemporary - think in-room glass screened bathrooms - and a little more on the country chic side. The fabulous restaurant serves up exemplary fare using seasonal produce. See More

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  • Sidmouth Harbour Hotel Sidmouth (South Devon) 57 rooms from £205

    Country Escape  -  A country house boasting a location on the spectacular Jurassic Coast, ideal for a rural getaway.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Sidmouth's interesting Norman Lockyer observatory.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the Jurassic Coast.
    Kayaking  -  Explore the coast from the sea by kayak.
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays

    A nautically inspired hotel set on the famed Jurassic Coast. Light and airy rooms are decorated with soft hues and have floor to ceiling windows (the best are sea facing). Boasting both a spoiling spa and an excellent restaurant serving British classics. A fabulous spot for a weekend getaway. See More

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