Take time to reconnect with incredible stories, heroes of history and tales of discovery in the South West. From walking in the footsteps of ancestors to unearthing tales of World War II bravery there’s lots to explore.
Be inspired by our selection of some of the great things to see and do in the South West and book your next visit today.
Bath is a unique UK destination, with the entire city being a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its Roman remains, 18th century architecture, green landscapes and Britain's only hot springs.
Seen in many TV and film productions, most recently Bridgerton it is also the former home to Jane Austen and where Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, with both authors celebrated in dedicated visitor centres.
With a variety of things to discover from the Roman Baths to the American Museum & Gardens, Bath offers a fantastic opportunity to Reconnect with history in a beautiful setting.
Enveloped in the hills of South West England, it has its own unmistakable identity, carved out by passionate locals and spirited fans.
Discover things to do in Bristol born out of the city’s centuries-old heritage and irrepressible creative spirit. Float over historic landmarks in a beautiful balloon, seek out world-class street art and follow the sound of live music flowing into cobbled streets.
Step aboard Brunel's SS Great Britain, explore the city's history at M-Shed or discover secrets of history at Berkeley Castle.
Renowned for its glorious countryside, striking coastline and unique attractions, you’ll find an abundance of places to visit in Cornwall that leave lasting memories. From catching a performance at the open-air clifftop Minack Theatre to surfing the waves at Newquay’s Fistral Beach or delving into the Arthurian legend at Tintagel, Cornwall has something for everyone.
Wander the South West Coast Path to discover picturesque coves, golden beaches and quaint harbours, explore the world’s largest greenhouse at the Eden Project, venture to the tidal island of Saint Michael’s Mount at low tide or tuck into a delectable Cornish pasty. Take in the subtropical paradise of Trebah Garden or go back in time at Henry VIII’s coastal fort, Pendennis Castle.
Explore, discover, experience. No two visits to Devon are the same, this diverse county has everything from the bustling cities of Plymouth and Exeter, to the varied coastlines of the Jurassic Coast in the east, the area of outstanding beauty in the North and the English Riviera with its palm trees and abundance of family friendly holiday resorts in the south.
Visit Slapton Sands and unearth the story of Operation Tiger, the site of a D-Day rehearsal operation which took place along the sandy stretch of beach, or discover historic Dartmouth and it's charming historic streets. Or following in the 700 year old footsteps of the Cistercians who built Buckland Abbey and estate.
The cathedral city of the Cotswolds, Gloucester has its roots stretching back to Roman times and has continued to be an important English city, boasting over 2,000 years of history. Gloucester also has its fair share of literary connections.
Some of the most enduring characters in literature have been based on real people who lived in or had links to the city. Authors such as Charles Dickens, Beatrix Potter, Robert Louis Stephenson, and J. M. Barrie have all drawn on inspiration from Gloucester or its residents for their classic books.
Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city packed full of attractions, activities, shopping, entertainment and sightseeing. Visit The Box, Plymouth’s new museum, art gallery and cultural centre.
There are well-known landmarks, historical sites and natural assets to explore across Plymouth’s many unique areas and districts. Wander the Barbican’s quaint cobbled quayside following in the Mayflower Pilgrims’ footsteps or visit the National Marine Aquarium with its deepwater fish tanks.
Sample Plymouth’s finest export at the Plymouth Gin Distillery or take a boat trip around the Sound from the Mayflower Steps. There’s more family fun to be had up on the Hoe where you can climb the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse, take the plunge at Tinside Lido, our restored Art Deco swimming pool or simply take in the panoramic view of busy boating activity from this stunning natural amphitheatre.