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Holidays in Sidmouth and Devon

Oakdown is located in the heart of East Devon in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  We are minutes from the majestic Jurassic coastline and a short drive from Dartmoor National Park.  We have beautiful fishing villages, market towns and many top visitor attractions to explore.  There really is something to please all members of the family.  Our local beaches have so much to offer including the Blue Flag Award 2021 in Sidmouth and Exmouth.  The South West Coast Path and the Donkey Sanctuary is within walking distance, giving you spectacular coastal views. We have so much on our doorstep – you won’t be disappointed.


Shop local in Sidmouth….

Sidmouth is home to a huge range of great local businesses. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat, pick up a gift or some essential shopping, you’ll be spoilt for choice on your holiday in Sidmouth!

We think that it’s really important to support our local businesses. Check out a few local shops to wet your appetite…



Find out more about shopping local in Sidmouth

Days out and holidays in Sidmouth


Sidmouth is a firm favourite among families and tourists looking for a traditional seaside resort.  The beaches provide both sand and shingle, which is framed by the dramatic red cliffs and rolling green hills of the Sid Valley.  Families love the expanse of golden sands on Jacob’s ladder beach.  At low tide rock pools are revealed, giving hours of endless fun for exploration – buckets and spades recommended.

The esplanade offers a lovely walk and if you continue up the high street you really get to see what Sidmouth has to offer.

When it’s time to eat you are definitely spoilt for choice – there is everything from fish and chips to fine dining.

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Days out in East Devon


Wider afield East Devon provides breath taking coast and countryside. A short drive away you can enter Dorset and Lyme Regis where you can go fossil hunting on the shores of this prehistoric coast. If you wish to explore the beaches then you can find great spots at nearby Branscombe and Seaton too.

For those looking to hit the high streets then nearby Exeter has all of the best known brands and visitors here can also explore the rich history, take in a spot of horse racing at Exeter racecourse or revel in vibrant nightlife of the city.

If you’re visiting with kids then the area is packed with attractions and great days out. We’re 5 minutes from the Donkey Sanctuary where younger children will love the rides and play. A bit further afield is Crealy packed with adventures for young and young at heart! You’ll find boat trips at Sidmouth, there’s castles and museums and when you’re tired out you won’t find a better spot to relax than Oakdown.

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Walking Holidays On The Devon Coast

Discover DartmoorOffering the perfect mix of rolling countryside and beautiful coastal walks, the best way to see all the best of East Devon is on foot. So pack your walking boots, choose a sunny day and try out some of our favourite coastal strolls, woodland wanders and more!

Walking routes in Devon




Explore the Jurassic coast

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Stretching between East Devon and Dorset, the Jurassic Coast is England’s only natural World Heritage Site. The unspoilt stretch of coast is home to geological finds dating back 185 million years. Take a walk back through time as you explore the time capsule beaches – you never know what fossils you may find.

Explore the Jurassic Coast




Free Things To Do

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We all know that holidays can soon become expensive, especially when you have to entertain the kids. The costs can mount up for activities, food and transport. But did you know just how much you could do nearby that won’t cost you a thing? Find out our favourite free things to do in Devon.

Free things to do in Devon





Download Love Sidmouth App

Love Sidmouth AppTake a look through Sidmouth’s very own app to explore all there is to see and do in the wonderful location on your stay. Whether you are looking for the nearest beach or the next attraction to try, you are sure to find all of Sidmouth’s hidden gems here.