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About South West
One visit is never enough
The South West is a large area with a varied landscape and offers all kinds of experiences including family breaks, country breaks and outdoor adventures – or you could mix things up and do a bit of everything.
Must-sees include Brunel’s ss Great Britain in Bristol, the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms in Bath, Wells Cathedral, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Tate at St Ives.
Take your pick of family-friendly beaches and if you’re looking for surf, you’re in one of the best places.
If you're looking at Cornwall for your next holiday, be sure to check out all the great things to do in Cornwall in our Travel Guide.
Five FREE things to do
This time capsule of a village in Wiltshire is often used as a shooting location for films including Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice and Cranford amongst others. It’s free to wander round, though some buildings have entrance fees.
Kynance Cove, Cornwall
Managed by the National Trust, this stunning sandy beach only appears when the tide goes out. Cerne Abbas Giant, Dorset Huge outline of an amorous, naked, club-wielding giant sculpted into a chalk hillside above the village of Cerne Abbas.
Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre, Stoke St Gregory, Taunton Somerset
Situated in the heart of the Somerset levels, it’s an internationally recognised wetland area. You may browse in the Levels and Moors Exhibition, Basketry Museum and video room.
Croyde Bay, Devon
West-facing and probably Devon's best-known surfing beach. It’s a pretty stretch of sand backing on to sand dunes and is about a half-mile walk from the village.
South West Coast Path
At 630 miles, The South West Coast Path is the longest waymarked national trail in England. From start to finish, Mindhead to Poole Harbour, you'll experience nothing but stunning views and breathtaking vistas.