Sidmouth is a popular holiday town located on the famous Jurassic Coast and nestled in the picturesque Sid Valley of East Devon. However, Sidmouth isn’t just a great destination for a British seaside holiday. An unspoilt area, the town is well served by a multitude of amenities, including the usual town centre, supermarkets, and leisure centre, but also a cinema, hospital, golf course, and beachfront promenade. Sidmouth is particularly popular with families and is famed for the Victorian character it has retained from the past.
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Schools in Sidmouth
Sidmouth is home to one junior school and three primary schools. St Nicholas CofE Junior School is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. Sidmouth Primary School was told it ‘requires improvement’ during its latest Ofsted inspection, whilst Sidbury CofE Primary is ‘good’, as is Tiption St John CofE Primary.
Sidmouth College is the only state secondary in Sidmouth and also has a sixth form for students to take their A Levels. The school is ‘good’ in the eyes of Ofsted.
St John’s International School is a co-educational boarding and day preparatory school in Sidmouth for children ages two to 18. The Independent Schools Inspectorate, the Ofsted for independent schools, stated that St John’s met all requirements.
Beaches in Sidmouth
Sidmouth is blessed with two stunning beaches; Sidmouth and Jacobs Ladder. Sidmouth is a pebble beach popular with water sports fans, as well as families. The beach has a café, toilets, and a shop. Dog walkers also favour this beach as the east end is dog friendly all year around.
Jacobs Ladder is the far western end of Sidmouth beach and is sandy. Young children love Jacobs Ladder for this reason, and the vast amount of rock pools at low tide to explore.
If you fancy a jaunt just outside of Sidmouth, Ladram Bay is a popular pebble beach, as is the remote Weston Mouth beach.
Transport Links Sidmouth
Located on the coast, there are two main roads connecting Sidmouth to the A3052, which connects to the likes of the M5, Exeter, and runs along the south coast to Lyme Regis.
Although Sidmouth has an ample amount of local and regional buses it does not have a train station. The nearest is Exmouth, a 35-minute drive west along the coast. Trains from Exmouth run to Paignton, Barnstaple, and Exeter St Davids, where connecting trains to the likes of London Waterloo, Woking, Basingstoke, and Salisbury depart.