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Attractions in the South West of England

The South-west of England is one of the most popular destinations for visitors from both the UK and abroad with its long stretches of beaches in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. The region also offers National Parks, Castles, Heritage sites and wonderful scenery. There are also delicious cream teas to sample, pasties, great seafood and ciders. The region of the South-west is an ideal place to visit with families too as there are plenty of attractions to keep the children entertained.

Cheddar and Cheddar Gorge

The village of Cheddar is a popular tourist area in Somerset and has a long history, having been an important Roman and Saxon Centre. There was a royal palace at Cheddar during the Saxon period, the ruins of which were excavated in the 1960s and are located on the grounds of The Kings of Wessex School…..Read more

Wookey Hole

The charming village of Wookey Hole is principally known for its caves, a paper mill and a museum, it lies on the southern edge of the Mendip hills near Wells, and it attracts many visitors every year. The caves have been fashioned by the River Axe…..Read more

Wells

The beautiful city of Wells is England’s smallest city with one of the finest cathedrals in Britain, the walled precinct,the Liberty of St.Andrew, encloses the Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace, Vicar’s Close and the residences of the clergy who serve the Cathedral. Parts of the Cathedral date back to the 10th Century and it is a grade I listed building….Read more

Stonehenge

Stonehenge dates back to 3000 BC. The latest upgrade was a mere 3500 years ago. Much is known about how it was built but the why is more of a mystery. Apart from being an obvious landing site for UFOs, druid festivals, summer solstices, BBQs and pajama parties no one really knows….Read more

Bath

Bath is one of England’s most popular cities. You can see great architecture streets. Foundations of the Roman Baths were rediscovered in 1755. This being a Roman city, the Abbey, built in 1499, is a latecomer. England’s first King was crowned here. There has been a church on this site for a thousand years….Read more

Longleat

Longleat is the stately home of the 7th Marquis of Bath and is situated between the towns of Warminster in Wiltshire and Frome in Somerset. This beautiful Elizabethan house is set in over 900 acres of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown, with 8,000 acres of woods and farmland, and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain….Read more

The Eden Project

This exciting visitor attraction in Cornwall includes the world’s largest greenhouse and inside the artificial biomes are plants sourced from all over the world. The complex is dominated by two large enclosures one emulates a tropical environment and the other a Mediterranean environment….Read more

Jamaica Inn

The Jamaica Inn, originally a public house and now an inn, is a Grade II listed building in the civil parish of Altarnun, Cornwall, United Kingdom.Located near the middle of Bodmin Moor near the hamlet of Bolvento….Read more

Photo : Jamaica Inn-Attribution – Trish Steel

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway is a water-powered funicular railway joining the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth on the rugged coast of North Devon. The high cliffs separating the two towns (then villages) were a major obstacle to economic development in the 19th century….Read more

Watermouth Castle

One of the West Country’s premier Family Tourist Attractions where you can enjoy, a Victorian Castle full of eclectic treasures, nostalgic displays and curios, a theme park including rides and play areas, and beautiful landscaped gardens….Read more

Canonteign Falls

Situated within Dartmoor National Park, in the heart of Devon’s Teign Valley, the waterfalls tumble down ancient rock formations to meet the tranquil lakes below, offering some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in Devon….Read more

Photo : Canonteign Falls. Author- Jbattersby

The American Museum

Housed in Claverton Manor on the outskirts of the Georgian city of Bath, the American Museum in Britain opened to the public in July 1961 with the intention of fostering historic ties between the United States and the United Kingdom….Read more

Photo : American_Museum_in_Bath.Author – Don Cload.

Glastonbury Abbey

Romantic Ruins – Once the grandest and richest Abbey in England. A great Glastonbury experience awaits you here!
Peaceful parkland – Such a special atmosphere within our 36 acres of Somerset parkland, ponds, orchard and wildlife areas….Read more

Fleet Air Arm Museum

The Fleet Air Arm Museum is located 7 miles (11 km) north of Yeovil, and 40 miles (64 km) south of Bristol. It has an extensive collection of military and civilian aircraft, as well as models of Royal Navy ships, especially aircraft carriers….Read more

Coates Willows Wetlands

The Centre is owned and run by the Coate family, who have been growing willow on the Somerset Levels since 1819. Visitors will find a warm welcome and are invited to learn about the history and art of willow growing and basket making….Read more

St.Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

St Michael’s Mount, is the jewel in Cornwall’s crown. This, the most famous of Cornwall’s landmarks, has a fascinating history, is steeped in both legend and folklore, has stunning panoramic views across Mounts Bay to Lands End and The Lizard, boasts a picturesque harbour and has a spectacular castle….Read more

Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

The Lost Gardens of Heligan are set in the grounds of Heligan House above the fishing village of Mevagissey in Cornwall. The gardens are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the U.K. and feature areas of differing character and design styles. Originally the gardens were designed by the Cornish Tremayne family from the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century….Read more

Minack Theatre, Cornwall

The Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre built on a rocky outcrop which juts out into the sea at Portcurno in Cornwall, just 4 miles from Land’s End. The theatre was the brainchild of Rowena Cade who moved to Cornwall after WW1. In 1929 a group of players had performed the play A Midsummersnight Dream in a nearby meadow….Read more

Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo is situated in Bristol in the South-West of England and is the world’s oldest provincial zoo, opened in 1836. A Victorian walled zoo located near to the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. The zoo is small, by today’s standard but contains a large number of different species. There are several buildings within the Zoological Gardens which have been joined together and are listed as a Grade II listed Building….Read more

Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo Enviromental Park is located in Paignton, Devon on the Southwest coast of England. Over half a million visitors come to this beautiful zoo and botanic garden every year. The zoo has a collection of around 2,000 animals of nearly 300 species, and cultivates around 1,600 varieties of plants. The zoo is a great family day out and there is plenty to keep the kids occupied as well as being an education in learning about the animals of the world…….Read more

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is set in the picturesque Helford Estuary close to the beautiful Cornish village of Gweek. The Seal Sanctuary has over 50 years of experience, going back to 1958, in dealing with the rescue of injured seal pups, their rehabilitation and release back into the wild. The Sanctuary was founded by Ken Jones who rescued the first seal pup on the shore near his home in St.Agnes….Read more

Miniature Pony Centre, Devon

The Miniature Pony Centre is set in the beautiful heart of Dartmoor, Devon and is an idyllic family day out. The centre is home to the cute, miniature ponies alongside much more to see and do. Within the 20-acre site in the beautiful Devonshire countryside, there is farmland to explore, farm and lake-side walks and outdoor and undercover picnic areas….Read more

SS Great Britain, Bristol

Brunnel’s SS Great Britain, “the ship that changed the world“, is a passenger ship, now a museum ship and an award-winning visitor attraction in Bristol Harbour which attracts 150,000 – 170,000 visitors every year. She was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company’s transatlantic service between Bristol and New York, and was the world’s longest passenger ship from 1845-1854.….Read more

Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Suspension Bridge, opened in 1864, spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. . It was dsigned by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and is a grade I listed building….Read more

Tintagel Castle- Cornwall

For a magical day out in Cornwall, take the family to Tintagel Castle. Its wonderful location, set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offers dramatic views, and its fascinating ruins and stunning beach cafe make it a perfect day trip, ideal for those on holiday in Dorset, Cornwall or Dartmoor….Read more

Corfe Castle

Enjoy one of Britain’s most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians. A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can’t fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck. Discover 1,000 years of our history as a royal palace and fortress….Read more

Brean Leisure Park

Brean Leisure Park is situated in the coastal resort of Brean, near Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset. The Leisure Park and the accompanying Caravan Park, have their history here since the end of WWII when the first campers spent their holidays here on the farm. Today the Leisure Park is hugely popular with visitors and attracts over 500,000 people per year….Read more

Clovelly Village, Devon

Clovelly Village is situated in the Torridgee district of Devon and is a major tourist attraction, famous for its history and its beauty. Its steep, cobbled streets are car-free and donkeys are still used for transportation. It has a beautiful setting overlooking the Bristol channel and thick woods shelter it from the elements rendering its climate so mild that even the tenderest of plants thrive here….Read more

Kingston Lacy House and Gardens

Explore Kingston Lacy, a lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace.There’s plenty to see, from grand, beautifully detailed carvings, to intimate family souvenirs and even strange curiosities such as an ‘I owe you’ note from a king.An art lover’s dream, take a look at rooms teeming with paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel….Read more

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral is a unique example of medieval English cathedrals as the main body was built in only 38 years (1220-1258) and in a single architectural style, early English Gothic. The cathedral has Britains tallest Spire (123 m – 404 ft), the tower and spire were added about 50 years after the completion of the main church building. Visitors are able to take a “Tower Tour” where the interior of the hollow spire,….Read more

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Monkey World is a monkey and ape sanctuary situated near Wool in Dorset. It was first set up in 1987 by the late Jim Cronin to provide a place of safety for chimpanzees who were abused, mainly by the Spanish beach photographers who smuggled in the baby chimps after killing their parents….Read more

Exmoor National Park

Exmoor National Park is situated in the South-West of England, its 267 sq.miles split between Somerset and Devon and it takes it name from the River Exe which has its source at the centre of the area. It has a unique landscape of moorland, woodland, rugged coastline, valleys and farmland which has been shaped by nature and by its inhabitants over thousands of years. Exmoor was once a Royal Forest and hunting ground which was sold to John Knight in 1818….Read more

Bodmin Moor

First farmed over 4000 years ago by bronze age settlers Bodmin Moor is of one the last great unspoilt areas in the South West and much of its prehistoric and medieval past remains untouched by the passing of the centuries….Read more

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