South West

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South West
Wherever you feel like going in the South West, you're never far from one of our great-value hostels. Whether it's on the beautiful rolling hills of Dartmoor or anywhere along the picturesque bits of coastline, we've got the ideal spot to base a family break. Family breaks in the South West are some of the most popular for holidaymakers. The area has a laid-back pace of life, while its natural features provide a wealth of opportunities to have fun and explore; vast stretches of coastline mean access to great beaches and a variety of watersports, while the countryside lets you try your hand at all kinds of activities, or just enjoy the long walks in beautiful scenery. The South West has its busy cities too, but the sleepy villages are the real heart of the area. And as if all that wasn't enough, it's the warmest part of the UK!
Expert Views: 
<p><strong>Five free things to do on holidays in South West England</strong></p> <p><strong>Cornish Camels</strong></p> <p>One thing you might not expect to find in South-West England is camels - but you'd be wrong. Cornish Camels in Helston, Cornwall has a large number of the interesting animals, and a information centre where you learn all about them, along with caf&eacute; and picnic facilities and play areas for the kids.</p> <p><strong>Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange</strong></p> <p>If you're looking to indulge your artistic side, then Penzance is the place to be. Both the Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange are free to enter, and between them host a variety of works -old and new - from both international and local artists.</p> <p><strong>Hit the beach</strong></p> <p>The South West has so much coastline it's difficult to recommend just one spot, but from the beautiful beaches of North Devon to the craggy coves of the Cornish peninsula and the fossils of the Jurassic Coast, there's something for everyone.</p> <p><strong>Buckfast Abbey</strong></p> <p>This famous place of worship has been standing in this spot between Exeter and Plymouth for over 1,000 years. As well as marvelling at the stunning architecture, there are exhibitions which give you an insight into the lives of the monks - which includes making honey and wine - and beautiful gardens to explore.</p> <p><strong>House of Marbles</strong></p> <p>In Bovey Tracey, Devon you can see first-hand how the classic kids toy, the marble, is made. Watch skilled craftsmen blow the glass and see how those flashes of colour are added, and of course there are thousands of different marbles and games to enjoy.</p>

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