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Sidmouth is not ‘the most expensive seaside resort in the UK’

  • by J.W.

While Sidmouth is expensive to visit in August, this is largely ‘because of the Folk Festival’.

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It’s been widely reported locally and beyond that Sidmouth is “the most expensive seaside resort in the UK”.

According to the cheaprooms website in 2019:

Sidmouth is the most expensive seaside resort in the UK, according to a survey by Cheaprooms.co.uk, which compared prices across 30 popular coastal destinations.

The results were compiled based on the average price for the cheapest available double room in a hotel or guest house during the month of August. Only properties located within walking distance of a beach and rated at least 3 stars were considered.

With an average rate of £132 per night, the town of Sidmouth in Devon leads the rankings. St Ives in Cornwall and Oban on the west coast of Scotland came out second and third, with average rates of £118 and £107, respectively.

And compared to cheaprooms in 2023:

The town of Sidmouth in Devon is the most expensive seaside resort in the UK, according to a survey by Cheaprooms.co.uk, which compared prices across 30 popular coastal destinations.

With an average rate of £154 per night, Sidmouth emerged as the priciest destination. The towns of St Ives and Bude, both located in Cornwall, came out as the second and third most expensive destinations, respectively.

However, as a correspondent points out, while Sidmouth is expensive to visit in August, this is largely ‘because of the Folk Festival’ – as discussed on this thread from Trip Advisor [the link is working]

For example:

The costs aren’t upfront. The website is difficult to negotiate so many charges are missed until you get here. There is a lot of pressure to buy all/ in- one tickets but then lots of premium concerts are at extra cost. It’s more expensive than Glastonbury which includes everything in the ticket price. Here parking is extra, workshops are extra, bus travel is extra, these three things add up to £300 more on top of your ticket!