Things to do and local attractions around Sidmouth and South Devon

There are many things to do in Sidmouth, reachable from The Belmont by foot and bus, or within a short drive to elsewhere in the south of Devon. Have a look at what you could be getting up to during a stay with us...

Sidmouth Donkey Santuary

Sidmouth Donkey Santuary

You will love Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary, which is a sanctuary for donkeys and mules from around the world. A registered charity, their Sidmouth site is open from 9a.m. to dusk every day. There is free admission and free parking.

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Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

With plants from around the globe, these colourful gardens are to be found in East Devon's Otter Valley. The gardens are open all year and always make a lovely day out for people of every age.

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Play Golf at Sidmouth Golf Club

Play Golf at 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. This is golf at its finest and it is very close to the Belmont Hotel.

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Sidmouth Museum

Sidmouth Museum

"Something for everyone of all ages" is the motto of Sidmouth Museum through its interpretation of Natural History and the Jurassic Coast.
Free guided strolls depart from the Museum every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Young visitors have their own area and special activity days.

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Westpoint, Exeter

Westpoint, Exeter

Situated only 11 miles from Sidmouth and just off the M5, Westpoint is host to exhibitions, events, conferences and entertainment throughout the year. You'll find the Devon Country Show here. 

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Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

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

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Visit Exeter Cathedral

Visit 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.

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Sea cruises

Sea cruises

Check out Stuart Line Cruises for exciting scenic sea cruises off the Jurassic Coast and Sidmouth Bay. These are amongst the most popular boat trips in Devon and they are always enjoyed by guests of the Belmont Hotel.

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Norman Lockyer Observatory

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.

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Be amazed by underground caverns

Be amazed by underground caverns

Beer Quarry Caves are extraordinary underground caverns which you can explore with expert guided tours. The underground quarry has been worked for 2000 years and provides a fascinating glimpse into some of our local Devon history.

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Visit Killerton House

Visit 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, the family history and the landscaped gardens. 

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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.

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Walk on Dartmoor

Walk on Dartmoor

Less than 30 miles from the Belmont Hotel, you can discover the rugged natural beauty of Dartmoor with miles of unspoilt moorland and its pretty wild ponies. Every guest enjoying a luxury holiday at the Belmont Hotel should try to include an outing to Dartmoor, one of the most beautiful places in Britain.

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Crealy Adventure Park

Crealy Adventure Park

Crealy Adventure Parks in Devon and Cornwall are amongst the best outdoor attractions in the South West. They always offer a great day out for the whole family; with fun slides, rides and all-weather play areas, just in case the sun does not shine.

Ffeaturing 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 Belmont. 

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Explore the Jurassic Coast

Explore the 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!

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Explore Britain in miniature

Explore Britain in miniature

Babbacombe Model Village is the world’s most famous model village and it recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. You will have fun exploring Britain in miniature and marvelling at some of the superb details.

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Greenway House and Gardens

Greenway House and 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.

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Paignton Zoo

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.

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Trago Family Shopping and Leisure Parks

Trago Family Shopping and 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 guests can also enjoy the superb family leisure facilities set in 100 acres of rolling South Devon countryside.

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Horse riding near Sidmouth

Horse riding near Sidmouth

Just six miles from us, 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.

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