Sidmouth Jacobs Ladder

Views of Jacobs Ladder Sidmouth

Jacobs Ladder beach is formed by a large expanse of legally protected pebbles in a bay accessed by a slope and steps from Connaught Gardens, or by a level path from the main town beach. The bay is backed by steep cliffs.

Holiday Accommodation
in and around Sidmouth



 Local Houses -

  • Killerton House and Gardens (NT)
  • Branscombe - The Old Bakery, Manor Mill & Forge (NT)
  • A La Ronde (NT)
  • Cadhay
  • Marker's Cottage (NT)

Tourist Information CentreSidmouth Tourist Information Centre
Ham Lane, Sidmouth, EX10 8XR.
Tel. +44 (0) 1395 516441

Thanks to Joy Seward -
Vice Chairman "Sidmouth in Bloom"
for her assistance with this page

Looking towards Sidmouth from Salcombe Hill

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Sidmouth is a beautiful and unique regency town located on the edge of Lyme Bay.

Sidmouth has avoided the temptation for developement at any cost - instead, this charming town has chasen to preserve its old world charm and character - avoiding the clutter of modern stalls and kiosks that blight the promenades and seafronts of so many of our traditional seaside towns.

Sidmouth Beach with lobster Pots

Sidmouth hosts an annual Folk Festival during the summer, with the town transforming into a festival of colour and sound. The promenade becomes a metropolis for Morris dancers, musicians, fire eaters and lyre players and of course the festival goers themselves.

Sidmouth appears in the Doomsday book as, Sedemuda. The town lies in a beautiful valley, protected from the elements by the sandstone cliffs. The town used to have a harbour, where the River Sid now runs across the beach. During the fifteenth century the town was subject to a particularly long spell of violent stormy weather, which caused land slips along the cliff edge, blocking the harbour permanently.

Connaught gardens - Sidmouth
Connaught Gardens - Sidmouth

There was a plan to re-establish the harbour in the 1810's. To execute the plan, stone would have to have been transported to Sidmouth in large quantities. The most cost effective option was to build a railroad through the cliff face.

The remains of the railroad and rock tunnel can easily be seen today. The venture itself was abandoned - the daunting task of creating a railway by excavating through such difficult terrain had been achieved, but the more basic requirement to ensure that the narrow tunnel was wide enough for the engines to fit through - was not. The catastrophe led to the abandonment of the railway and consequently the plans to revitalise the harbour.

Architecturally, Sidmouth is a true gem, with a fascinating history. The town has many fine examples from the Regency Period - with elegant wrought iron balconies and white painted facades - buildings enhanced by the town's stunningly beautiful gardens and floral displays.

Sidmouth has some 500 buildings which are now officially 'listed' - in a range of styles from differing eras. Some of the most splendid buildings in Sidmouth date back to the 18th century, but there are many examples of smaller cottages - built to house the servants, many retaining their original structures of thatched roofing, stone foundations and cob walling.

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