South West England

Steve Cadman

Those who say England lacks diversity haven’t been to South West England. From ancient heritage to vacation resorts, broad beaches to dynamic cities, South West England simultaneously delves you back in time and draws you into the present, lets you unwind and gets your pulse pounding. Rural fields ramble on, meeting stunning cliffs and sandy shores, while medieval towns and modern cities help fill in the places between monuments. Start where it all began: the mysterious, ancient stones of Stonehenge and Avebury. Fast-forward a handful of centuries, and check out the Gothic splendor of the Salisbury Cathedral. The grand terraces and opulent architecture of Bath gives a glimpse into the gentile side of England, while Celtic stronghold Cornwall lends a more down-to-earth view—interlaced with a booming tourist industry. Seaside resort Devon offers a little bit of everything, in that quintessentially South West England way: kitsch and class, medieval architecture and a national park. But it’s not all history: once-gritty Bristol is blooming as cultural destination, complete with cutting-edge cuisine and top-notch museums. It’s a heady mix of culture and history that birthed one of the world’s most noted street artists, Banksy. Come see what influences await you in South West England.


Top Destinations in South West England

Amesbury

Ashburton

Axbridge

Axminster

Barnstaple

Bath

Baydon

Beaminster

Beaulieu

Bideford

Blunsdon

Bournemouth

Bradford-on-Avon

Brent Knoll

Bridgwater

Bridport

Bristol

Buckfastleigh

Bude

Camelford

Castle Combe

Castleton

Chard

Cheddar

Chippenham

Clevedon

Clovelly

Colerne

Coln St Aldwyns

Coxside

Cricklade

Dartmoor National Park

Dartmouth
Dorchester

Dorset's Coastal Towns

Dulverton

Dumbleton

Dunster

E. Looe

Exeter

Fowey

Glastonbury Abbey

Gloucester

Helston

Highbridge

Horningsham

Isle of Wight

Isles of Scilly

Keynsham

Looe and Polperro

Lynmouth

Mousehole

Penzance

Plymouth

Port Isaac

Preston

Salisbury

Sherborne

Southampton

St. Mawes

Stourton

The New Forest

Tintagel

Totnes

Wiltshire and Somerset

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