Autumn in Sidmouth

We are open. Of course, in a new way, but, as much as things may have changed for all of us at the moment, one thing is certain, Sidmouth hasn’t. It is still as beautiful and peaceful as ever. Just across from the hotel, the sea still laps onto the pebbled shore. The tide turns changing the view as it hides and reveals the beach. The long and wide Esplanade, the same since your last visit. The ideal place for a gentle stroll with benches to sit, rest and watch the world go by.

Autumn is a special time in Sidmouth

Autumn is a special time in Sidmouth. There are no crowds, everything has slowed a bit. There are plenty of quiet places:

Connaught Gardens

Connaught Gardens, with its open lawns and hidden courtyards. Space to keep your distance whilst you enjoy stunning views over the town from above.

The Byes

The Byes, Sidmouth’s two-mile long park is accessible just a short walk from the hotel. A wonderful green space with trees aplenty, many of them recorded and protected in the Sidmouth Arboretum.


The beaches – Town and Jacob’s Ladder, just a short walk from the hotel, where you can lose yourself searching the rock pools at low tide or spot ships passing on the horizon.

Places to visit

There are places to visit; The Donkey Sanctuary is now open, a perfect place at this time, with its big wide spaces, its café, The Kitchen, and, of course, the donkeys. Sidmouth’s Radway Cinema is open, with just 35% capacity, but you can watch films, old and new, knowing safety precautions are in place. And, even though shopping has changed a bit for now, Sidmouth’s unique and individual shops are still open, just remember your facemask! There is always plenty to do.

And, if you don’t want to venture out or the weather turns? Here at the hotel, we have all the necessary precautions in place to keep our staff and guests safe. At the Royal York & Faulkner, we are lucky to have four large and beautifully decorated lounges, where you will be able to relax at a safe distance from your fellow guests. You will be waited on by staff wearing face coverings, keeping their distance where possible.


If you are lucky enough to have a bedroom with a sea-view, you might not want to leave it as you will be spoilt with a magnificent uninterrupted vista of sparkling seas in Lyme Bay between the cliffs of Salcombe and Peak Hills.

Our restaurant has been arranged to give extra space between tables. But, don’t worry, we are still serving the delicious homecooked food we always have. Prepared by our head chef, Saul Vicary and his team, our four-course table d’hote dinner menu offers a choice at all courses as well as a selection of vegetarian options.

You see, some things have changed but the town you remember is still the same.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!