Let's plan your Sidmouth trip
There are many things to do in Sidmouth, reachable from The Belmont Hotel 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.
Tee off with Fantastic Golf
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.
Local Events in 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.
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.
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 9am to dusk every day. There is free admission and free parking.
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.
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.
"Something to interest every 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 end of October.
This unique astronomical observatory just outside Sidmouth regularly hosts wonderful open evenings, where visitors can enjoy a planetarium show and visit the historic telescopes.
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.
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.
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.
Babbacombe Model Village is the world’s most famous model village and it recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. You will have fun exploring Britain in miniature and marvelling at some of the superb details.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Located in central Exeter close to Sidmouth. Museum of the Year 2012 and home to an amazingly diverse collection.
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.
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 Belmont.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Treat your family to a day of hands-on animal action at Pennywell Farm.
A friendly, award-winning zoo with a focus on education and conservation.