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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

Not to be missed, Dartmoor National Park is only 26 miles from our hotel, with huge expanses of open moorland and the famous wild ponies. Perfect for walking trips, a picnic, or a visit to a local Dartmoor Inn.

Child and Piglet at Pennywell Farm
Pennywell Farm

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

Lemurs at Exmoor Zoo
Exmoor Zoo

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

Exeter Cathedral South Devon
Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is one of the great cathedrals of England, and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere. Its visual beauty is a story in stone and glass, embroidery and wood of the faith that built it.

Statue of Agatha Christie in Torquay
Greenway House & Gardens

This is an extraordinary glimpse into the private holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family. The relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s.

Church at Killerton House
Killerton House

Killerton House, built between 1778-9, brings to life generations of the Aclands, one of Devon's oldest families. Visit to see the house, learn the family's history and walk the landscaped gardens. 

Giraffes with Trees in Background
Paignton Zoo

With more animals than anyone else in the South West you're in for a really wild time. See them all - giraffes, lions, gorillas, cheetahs and thrilling crocodiles, plus cheeky meerkats, colourful snakes and amazing monkeys.

Powderham Castle
Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle is located in a unique, picturesque setting just outside Exeter, beside the Exe estuary. Six hundred years of history are contained within the walls of one of England's oldest family homes.

NORMAN LOCKYER Observatory Sidmouth
Norman Lockyer Observatory

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

The best adventure park in Devon, located near Exeter and featuring over 60 rides and attractions set in 100 acres of lovely countryside. Great fun is guaranteed for everyone in the family.

The Devon park is just a 20 minute drive up the road from us here at The Victoria. 

Babbacombe Model Village
Babbacombe Model Village

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 entertainments.

Bicton Botanical Gardens Glasshouse
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

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

Six miles away from us at The Victoria, Budleigh Salterton Riding School offers horse riding lessons and hacks in the countryside. Many of the rides are over attractive heathland, with great views of the coastline.

Caves at Beer Devon
Beer Quarry Caves

This fascinating underground quarry has been worked since Roman times, so some 2000 years, and provided Beer stone for famous buildings across the country, including St Paul’s Cathedral.

Take a tour in the unique setting. 

Hand Holding Ammonite Fossils on the Jurassic Coast South Devon
Jurassic Coast

This unique and beautiful World Heritage Site has over 95 miles of stunning coastline for you to explore. On the way, you can go fossil hunting and learn about The Jurassic Coast's fascinating history, which stretches back 185 million years!

Father and Daughter at Museum
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

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

A wonderful charity that has been providing sanctuary and care for animals from all over the world for over 50 years. Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary is open every day of the year with free admission.

Man Playing Golf
Sidmouth Golf Club

Set in stunning countryside, and with spectacular sea views, Sidmouth Golf Club will delight the novice or experienced golfer. The Clubhouse, with sensational views of the Jurassic Coast, is a perfect spot to enjoy delicious food, a drink from the bar, and a warm Devon welcome. It’s golf at its finest and it’s very close to the Victoria Hotel.

Sidmouth Museum
Sidmouth Museum

"Something to interest everyone of all ages" is the aim of Sidmouth Museum, recently described in a review as a 'gem' amongst museums, which is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Guided Walks depart from the Museum at 10:30am every weekday morning from April to the end of October.

Sidmouth Toy and Model Museum
Sidmouth Toy & Model Museum

A unique collection of vintage and modern toys and models for all the family to enjoy. The museum contains the toy and model collection of Ian and Rebecca Gregory which has been accumulated over many years.

Stuart Line Cruises in South Devon
Stuart Line Cruises

Stuart Line Cruises offer wonderful sea cruises off the Jurassic Coast which are a much loved activity for our guests. Take in amazing panoramic views of Sidmouth Bay, the seafront and beyond.

Family shopping at Store
Trago Family Shopping & Leisure Parks

Thousands travel from far and wide to save fortunes on the biggest range of discounted goods in the West Country from carpets to paperclips - and to enjoy the superb family leisure facilities set in 100 acres of rolling South Devon countryside.

Public at Concert
Westpoint Exeter

Situated only 11 miles from Sidmouth and just off the M5, the Westpoint arena is host to exhibitions, events, conferences and entertainment throughout the year. They host the yearly Devon County Show too. 

Tiger at Zoo
Dartmoor Zoo

Dartmoor Zoological Park is a 30-acre zoo just north of the village of Sparkwell, on the south-west edge of Dartmoor. From Lions to Jaguars Dartmoor zoo has a wide variety of animals and fun for all ages. 

Visit Dartmoor Zoo Website

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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