The Donkey Sanctuary
Discover this incredible sanctuary for donkeys and mules, which is part of a worldwide network of protection for these unique animals. Meet, learn about, and sponsor the donkeys. Explore the sanctuary and absorb the latest research by the charity, which was founded by Dr Elisabeth D. Svendsen.
Dating back to 1820 and once owned by an eccentric recluse, these gardens boast blooming flowers, an adventure playground, and sweeping lawns. Queen Victoria played here as a child, and due to the gardens' strategic position, they played an important role in World War II efforts. They are now a venue for music, theatre, and art.
Jacob’s Ladder Beach
Jacob's Ladder is the sandy end of Sidmouth's town beach, which is mostly an atmospheric blend of pebbles and reflective rockpools. Low tide exposes a vast stretch of sand, which children happily inhabit, after climbing down the "ladder" of steps from Connaught Gardens.
The Byes Riverside Park
One of the most important green spaces in Sidmouth, The Byes is two kilometres of meadow and field surrounding the winding 6-mile River Sid, Devon's longest. A centre for wildlife conservation, the park is buzzing with life, from fluttering butterflies to rabbits, hares, and voles.
Visitors of all ages will engaged by the exhibits at this fascinating museum, which includes local natural history in the Jurassic period, the story of Sidmouth's long history as a fishing village, and Regency and Victorian times. Displays of local lacemaking and a plenitude of photographs transport you back to Sidmouth's enigmatic past.