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Things To Do

Couple Walking Along Jurassic coast

Let's plan yourSidmouth Break

There are many things to do in Sidmouth, reachable from The Victoria by foot and bus, or within a short drive around the south of Devon. Enjoy a break filled with stunning scenery, glorious gardens and beautiful beaches.

From a wealth of sporting activities including golf, horse riding, sailing and water sports to easy access to The South West Coast Path, and Sidmouth's iconic gardens, there is always a plethora of things to do in Sidmouth.


Girl with Cow at Devon County Show Parade

Local events inEast Devon

Here are some of the highlights in the East Devon events calendar to help you plan your trip. There are all kinds of wonderful events happening all year round in Sidmouth, Devon and the surrounding area; ranging from festivals to shows, and everything in between. 

Discover Events at The Victoria Hotel

Man Playing Golf

Tee-Off in gorgeous Sidmouth

Imagine playing golf at the glorious Sidmouth Golf Club, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sid Valley and with gorgeous views of the Jurassic Coast. 

Discover Golf in Sidmouth


Local Attractions

To give you a helping hand, we've pulled together a list of some of the things to do in Sidmouth and the surrounding area. 

Dartmoor Sunrise


38.7 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 53 minutes]

Not to be missed, Dartmoor National Park is just under an hour's drive from our hotel, with huge expanses of open moorland and the famous wild ponies.

Child and Piglet at Pennywell Farm

Pennywell Farm

36.6 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 51 minutes]

Treat your family to a day of hands-on animal action at Pennywell Farm. 

Lemurs at Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo

63.1 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 1 hour 28 minutes]

A friendly, award-winning zoo with a focus on education and conservation.

Exeter Cathedral South Devon

Exeter Cathedral

15.8 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 36 minutes]

Exeter Cathedral is one of the great cathedrals of England, and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere.

Statue of Agatha Christie in Torquay

Greenway House & Gardens

39.9 miles from the Victoria Hotel [Approx 1 hour 8 minutes]

This is an extraordinary glimpse into the private holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family.

Church at Killerton House

Killerton House

16.9 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 40 minutes]

Killerton House, built between 1778-9, brings to life generations of the Aclands, one of Devon's oldest families.

Giraffes with Trees in Background

Paignton Zoo

35.7 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 55 minutes]

With more animals than anyone else in the Southwest, you're in for a really wild time.

Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle

19.2 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 41 minutes]

Powderham Castle is located in a unique, picturesque setting just outside Exeter, beside the Exe estuary.

NORMAN LOCKYER Observatory Sidmouth

Norman Lockyer Observatory

1.8 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 7 minutes]

This unique astronomical observatory just outside Sidmouth regularly hosts wonderful open evenings, where visitors can enjoy a planetarium show and visit the historic telescopes.

Ride at Crealy

Crealy Adventure Park

9.5 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 20 minutes]

The best adventure park in Devon, located near Exeter and featuring over 60 rides and attractions set in 100 acres of lovely countryside.

Babbacombe Model Village

Babbacombe Model Village

33.8 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 54 minutes]

Widely regarded as the best model village in the world and a popular attraction for over 50 years, the beautifully crafted exhibits are complemented by an imaginative programme of entertainment.

Bicton Botanical Gardens Glasshouse

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

4.4 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 12  minutes]

Magnificent gardens which are Grade 1 listed and span 300 years of horticultural history, nestling in a spectacular setting in the Otter Valley and open all year round.

Horse Riding Budleigh Salterton Riding School

Budleigh Salterton Riding School

7.1 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 18 minutes]

Six miles away from us at The Victoria, Budleigh Salterton Riding School offers horse riding lessons and hacks in the countryside.

Caves at Beer Devon

Beer Quarry Caves

8.4 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 19 minutes]

This underground quarry has been working since Roman times and provided Beer stone for famous buildings across the country.

Hand Holding Ammonite Fossils on the Jurassic Coast South Devon

Jurassic Coast

0.03 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 2 minutes]

This unique and beautiful World Heritage Site has over 95 miles of stunning coastline for you to explore.

Father and Daughter at Museum

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

16.2 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 38 miles]

Located in central Exeter close to Sidmouth. It was voted Museum of the Year 2012 and is home to an amazingly diverse collection.

Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth

Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

3.8 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 11 minutes]

A wonderful charity that has been providing sanctuary and care for animals from all over the world for over 50 years.

Man Playing Golf

Sidmouth Golf Club

4.5 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 12 minutes] 

Set in stunning countryside, and with spectacular sea views, Sidmouth Golf Club will delight the novice or experienced golfer.

Sidmouth Museum

Sidmouth Museum

0.06 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 3 minutes] 

"Something to interest everyone of all ages" is the aim of Sidmouth Museum, recently described in a review as a 'gem' amongst museums.

Sidmouth Toy and Model Museum

Sidmouth Toy & Model Museum

0.04 miles from The Vicotria Hotel [Approx 2 minutes]

A unique collection of vintage and modern toys and models for all the family to enjoy. 

Stuart Line Cruises in South Devon

Stuart Line Cruises

10.05 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 28 minutes]

Stuart Line Cruises offers wonderful sea cruises off the Jurassic Coast which are a much-loved activity for our guests. 

Family shopping at Store

Trago Family Shopping & Leisure Parks

27.5 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 43 minutes]

Thousands travel from far and wide to save fortunes on the biggest range of discounted goods in the West Country from carpets to paperclips.

Public at Concert

Westpoint Exeter

10.9 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 23 minutes]

Situated just under 11 miles from Sidmouth and just off the M5, the Westpoint arena is host to exhibitions, events, conferences and entertainment throughout the year. 

Tiger at Zoo

Dartmoor Zoo

50.08 miles from The Victoria Hotel [Approx 1 hour 7 minutes]

Dartmoor Zoological Park is a 30-acre zoo just north of the village of Sparkwell, on the Southwest edge of Dartmoor. 

Lemurs at Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo boasts the only black leopard on exhibit in the UK, plus many other wonderful attractions and animals!

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