The tourist resort of Sidmouth is located against the English Channel and surrounded by the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town is a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site and is also two hundred and fifty miles from the Medusa Juice Vape Store in Peterborough. I recommend a trip to one of our stores to stock up on your favourite e-liquids as well as checking out the latest addition and new offers available. And whether you visit in person or online, be sure to take a look at our new clothing line and selection of vaping accessories.
Lore and more
As you might expect from the location of Sidmouth on the Jurassic coast, the area where the town stands has a long history that can be traced back 250 million years. Sidmouth is near the western end of the Jurassic Coast which stretches from Orcombe Point in Exmouth to Old Harry Rocks in Dorset.
Fossils and geological formations from the region’s prehistoric past can still be seen today and many dinosaur skeletons have been discovered nearby. The coastline has been an important site for paleontologists for over two hundred years and remains a popular tourist attraction today.
The name of the town was originally “Sedemuda” which means “Mouth of the River Sid” and the settlement began as a fishing village. The location made it difficult to construct a harbour and the unsheltered bay prevented Sidmouth from growing as a port. The town appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086 as a small village and remained relatively small for much of its history.
Sidmouth experienced rapid changes toward the end of the 18th century when the fashion for coastal resorts started to flourish. Doctors of that period promoted the health benefits of sea air and taking in the waters and people began to flock to the seasides. The beautiful surroundings and location of Sidmouth on the South coast made it a popular attraction for visitors. The town grew rapidly with a number of Georgian and Victorian buildings being built, giving the town the distinctive appearance that it retains to this day.
The town also enjoyed royal visitors in the 19th century. In 1819, George III’s son Edward and his wife stayed in Sidmouth with their baby daughter, the future Queen Victoria. Woolbrook Cottage where they stayed later became the Royal Glen Hotel and a plaque outside the building commemorates the visit. And in 1856 Victoria’s son Edward, Prince of Wales, stayed at the Royal York hotel in town and visited Woolbrook Cottage.
The tourist trade grew more rapidly after Sidmouth was connected to the rail network in 1874 and visitors flocked to the town from far and wide.
During the Second World War, several bombs were dropped on Sidmouth. That section of the south coast was also part of the coastal defences set up to prevent invasion. Artillery placements, pillboxes and other bunkers were built nearby, some of which can still be seen.
Today Sidmouth remains a popular seaside resort with all the traditional charm you would expect from such a well established tourist destination.
While taking in the sights of this picturesque town, be sure to bring your vaping equipment so you can enjoy your favourite e-liquids. The Medusa Juice Vape Store in Peterborough is just a few hours away from Sidmouth and well worth a visit to check out the amazing range of e-liquids. Come back regularly to keep up to date with the latest offers and contest as well as exploring our selection of vaping accessories and clothing line for more treats. You’ll find everything you need for the best vaping experience.
Things to do and see
Start your visit to Sidmouth by making the most of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Visitors can take a guided walk along this prehistoric section of coastline and learn about the creatures that lived there while discovering Jurassic and Triassic rock formations and fossils. The coast around town is dominated by the red sandstone cliff which dates back to the Triassic period.
Visit Sidmouth Beach to enjoy traditional seaside activities like rock pooling, cream tea and walks along the waterfront. Jacob’s Ladder is well worth exploring and there are a selection of other beaches along the coast as well as opportunities to take part in water sports if you’re feeling more adventurous.
As well as beautiful coastal walks and the family-friendly beaches, Sidmouth is also surrounded by the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Explore the woods, heathland and hilltops for some spectacular views
To learn more about the fascinating history of the area, visit Sidmouth museum. The volunteer run museum will guide you through the town’s past from its origins as a fishing village up to the present day as well as information of the Jurassic Coast. Or take a trip to the Norman Lockyer Observatory on nearby Salcombe hill. Named after the Victorian astronomer who built the facility, the historic observatory is regularly open to the public and is a home for amateur astronomy and meteorology.
While in town visitors can also enjoy a show at Manor Pavilion Theatre and Arts Centre. This popular venue is located in the heart of Sidmouth and hosts a range of entertainment including plays, musicals, comedies, concerts and much more.
Sidmouth also hosts annual events including the Sidmouth Literary Festival in June as well as the Regatta and Folk Week in August. The very popular Folk Week features amateur performers as well as local and international bands. So, be sure to time your visit well if you want to check out some of the local festivals.
As a bustling, seaside resort, the town has a great selection of restaurants, pubs and clubs as well as the local market and shops. While exploring Sidmouth and the beautiful surrounding area, take a trip out to the Medusa Juice Vape Store in Peterborough or visit online to explore our fantastic range of e-liquids. It’s well worth visiting regularly to keep up to date with contests, deals and the latest additions to our selection.