The South West is blessed with plenty of rich historical buildings, visitor attractions and widely renowned sites such as Stonehenge and the Eden Project all based in the region. We’ve found ten places you should visit in the South West if you’re looking for some exquisite sights.
Eden Project, Cornwall
With a world-famous reputation, the Eden Project doesn’t need an introduction. Based near to St Austell, the Eden Project features huge tropical biomes that home thousands of the world’s most exotic plants. Eden is fast becoming a fantastic resource for education and helping to teach people how to work towards a sustainable future.
Castle Drogo, Devon
Amongst the vast landscape of Dartmoor, you’ll find Castle Drogo - the last castle to be built in England. Castle Drogo has an interesting history that is worth learning about. After exploring the castle, you can explore the rich gardens filled with beautiful plants, or take a walk on the winding paths to nearby Fingle Bridge.
Visit the Castle Drogo website for more information.
Wells Cathedral, Somerset
Set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city, Wells is home to the earliest Gothic style English Cathedral and has garnered an international reputation. The Cathedral is a significant landmark, with an adjoining medieval close believed to be the only complete medieval street left in England.
Much like the Eden Project, Stonehenge needs no introduction as it is the most notable prehistoric monument in Europe. Stonehenge transports you back to Neolithic life, with accompanying houses in the visitor centre showcasing ancient tools. Just a further 17 miles north of Stonehenge is Avebury henge and stone circles - argued to be the most impressive of all remaining prehistoric artworks in Europe.
Dartmouth Castle, Devon
Dartmouth Castle’s location makes it one of the most beautiful fortresses in the UK with stunning estuary views and a rich history. Take the B3205 out of Dartmouth and you’ll find yourself right next to the castle. Be sure to climb to the top of the battlement and enjoy the views before you leave to explore the picturesque town.
St Michaels Mount, Cornwall
St Michael’s Mount is arguably one of the most incredible sights across the country. St Michael’s Mount is a castle and village built into a small island off the coast of Marazion and contains over a thousand years of history. Explore the castle, get lost in the gardens, or investigate the village or harbour. Whatever your intention, St Michael's Mount is a place you won't forget.
Portland Castle, Dorset
Overlooking Portland Harbour stands one of the finest coastal forts built by Henry VIII. Just off the A354 by Weymouth, Portland Castle provides a fantastic day out, with an audio tour detailing the role the fort played across numerous conflicts over the years. Take in the peaceful setting of Portland, before exploring the lively neighbourhood of Weymouth.
Head over to the English Heritage website to find out more
Dunster Village, Somerset
Deep in the Exmoor landscapes lies Dunster, a small village popular with tourists. Dunster is not a traditional village and contains some interesting landmarks, including Dunster Castle, a National Trust property with a turbulent past. Dunster itself contains over 200 listed buildings, all preserved so that future generations can bask in this quaint little village.
Lanhydrock is a magnificent Victorian country house, coupled with beautiful grounds and a gorgeous wooded estate. Located off the B3268 close to Bodmin, the house itself contains the most exquisite Victorian designs in its interior, as well as having plenty to explore around the exterior and gardens. Lanhydrock is a large estate which is perfect for walks.
Visit the National Trust website to find out more
The Killerton estate immerses itself in a huge 6,400 acre estate, with beautiful parkland and an unrivalled setting. Located near to Broadclyst in Devon, the Killerton estate isn’t just a beautiful property, it also plays host to one of the largest woods in East Devon with Ashclyst Forest. If you like exploring, the estate has plenty to discover and some great country walks.
For more info about Killerton, visit the National Trust website.
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