With a variety of attractions that cater to all ages, Sidmouth is ideally located on the jurassic coast, near a diverse range of attactions. Whether you are visiting the area or simply looking for somewhere to take the kids, Sidmouth has plenty to offer.
Below of the top 5 attactions to visit in 2017.
1. The Donkey Sanctuary
listed by the Telegraph as one of the top 10 'Best Family Days out in Devon', The Donkey Sanctuary currently cares for over 6300 donkeys world wide with 500 of those based at their Sidmouth base.
Open 365 days a year, you can visit the donkeys, mules and hinnies for free and as a dog friendly attractionyou can take your four-legged friend with you aswell! Enjoy a Hot Chocolate in the Hayloft restaurant or take a stroll down to the beach.
To find out more, visit their website.
2. Jacobs Ladder Beach
The majority of Sidmouth's beach is made up of pebbles, however if you head to the western end of the beach along the level path or via the Connaught Gardens, you will discover Jacob's ladder and sand at low tide! An ideal place to take the kids, whilst you sit back and enjoy the sunshine.
3. Sidmouth Museum
Open from March 31st onwards, Sidmouth Museum is run by volunteers of the Sid Vale Association. With a wide variety of displays to suit all ages, the museum provides an interesting insight into how Sidmouth has evolved to the town it is today. The Museum also offers free guided tours around the town.
To find out more, visit the Sid Vale Association website.
4. Connaught Gardens
Originally ocupied by a Marina villa called Cliff Cottage which dated back to the 1820's, Connaught Gardens was purchased by the Sidmouth Urban District Council in 1930 where they decided it was inportant to ensure that the gardens received different treatment to other local authority parks of its day. A scheme was designed by the Gardens department of Dartington Hall, Totnes and Construction work began.
In poor condition, ther cottage was demolished, however some of the walls were retains and can still be seen today. With the main lawn only slightly modified, this area is ideal for a variety of activities. With a wide range of plants, specificaly selected to thrive, the Connaught Gardens are stunning when in bloom.
5. Norman Lockyer Observatory
Home to an active amatuer astronomical society, the historic observatory was build in 1912 by victorian amateur astronomer, Norman Lockyer. Regularly open to the public and run entirely by volunteers, the Norman Lockyer observatory hosts the 'South West Astronomy Fair' each August. A very educstional attraction, suitable for children and adults like, the observatory offers a variety of programmes throughout the year, where you can learn about Lunar Eclipses, different types of stars and why they are different colours and much more.
To find out more visit their website.