Days Out in South West England

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Map of South West England

Porfell Wildlife Park & Sanctuary

Porfell Wildlife Park & Sanctuary, Lanreath, Liskeard, UK

Poldark Mine

Poldark Mine & The Cornish Heritage Collection, Trenear, Helston, UK

Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre

Lizard Lighthouse, Lighthouse Road, Lizard, Helston, UK

National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, UK

Trelissick

National Trust - Trelissick Garden, Dicky Lane, Feock, Truro, UK

St Michael’s Mount

St Michael's Mount, Marazion, UK

Pencarrow House & Garden

Pencarrow House & Garden, Bodmin, UK

Oasis Fun Pools

Oasis Fun Pools, Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay, UK

The Leach Pottery

The Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack, Saint Ives, UK

Raze The Roof

Raze the Roof indoor children's soft play, birthday parties & laser tag arena, Parkengue, Penryn, UK

St Eval Kart Circuit

St Eval Kart Circuit, St Eval, Wadebridge, UK

Pittville Park

Evesham Rd, Cheltenham GL52 3AB, UK

Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre

Matson Ln, Matson, Gloucester GL4 6EA, UK

Sculpture Trail

Speech House Rd, Coleford GL16 7EL, UK

Jet Age Museum

Gloucester GL2 9QL, UK

All Bar Flying Trapeze Club

Cheltenham, UK

Roves Farm

Roves Farm & Visitor Centre, Sevenhampton, Swindon, UK

Bowood House

Bowood House and Gardens, Old Road, Derry Hill, Calne, UK

The Milky Way Adventure Park

The Milky Way Adventure Park, Bideford, UK

Longleat Safari Park

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park, Warminster, UK

Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey, Lacock, Chippenham, UK

Studley Grange

Studley Grange, Swindon, UK

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury SP1 2EJ, UK

Visit Corsham

Corsham, UK

East Somerset Railway

Cranmore Railway Station Cranmore, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 4QP

Yeovil Railway Centre

Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction, Yeovil, UK

Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral, Cathedral Green, Wells, UK

Tropiquaria Zoo

Tropiquaria Wildlife Park, Washford Cross, Watchet, UK

AJ’z Activity Centre

AJ'z Activity Centre, Frobisher Way, Taunton, UK

Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor, Glastonbury, UK

Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, UK

Fleet Air Arm Museum

Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovil, UK

Brean Splash Waterpark

Brean Splash Waterpark, Coast Road, Brean, Burnham-on-Sea, UK

Haynes International Motor Museum

Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil, UK

Krazy Golf

Krazy Golf Lydney, Aylburton, Lydney, UK

Stow on the Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold, UK

Gloucester Waterways Museum

National Waterways Museum Gloucester, Gloucester, UK

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Station Cottages, Toddington, Cheltenham GL54 5DT, UK

Nature in Art

Nature in Art, Gloucester, UK

Pedal a Bike Away

Pedalabikeaway, New Road, Coleford, UK

Stroudwater Textile Trust

Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud, UK

Way 2 Go Adventures

Way2go Adventures Ltd, Forest Road, Milkwall, Coleford, UK

Bibury Trout Farm

Bibury Trout Farm, Bibury, Cirencester, UK

Battlesports Glos

BattleSports Glos, Littledean Road, Newnham, UK

Taurus Crafts

Taurus Crafts, Aylburton, Lydney, UK

Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island, Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth, UK

Lemur Landings

Lemur Landings, Tower Park, Poole, UK

Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland, Merritown Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, UK

The Keep Military Museum

The Keep Military Museum, Bridport Road, Dorchester, UK

Oceanarium

Oceanarium, Pier Approach, Bournemouth, UK

Ringstead Bay

Dorchester DT2 8NQ, UK

The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, UK

Splashdown Quaywest

Splashdown Quaywest, Tanners Road, Paignton, UK

Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom

Bygones

Bygones Victorian Museum, Fore Street, Torquay, UK

Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo, Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, UK

Bearhouse Alpacas

Bearhouse Alpacas, Sidmouth, UK

Bluereef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay, Towan Promenade, Newquay, UK

Trethorne Leisure Park

Trethorne Leisure Park, Kennards House, Launceston, UK

Springfield Fun Park

Springfield Fun Park, St Columb, Cornwall, UK

Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo, Newquay, UK

Geevor Tin Mine Museum

Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Penzance, UK

Cornwall Clay Trails

St Austell, Saint Austell, UK

Flambards Theme Park

Flambards Theme Park, Clodgey Lane, Helston, UK

Carnglaze Caverns

Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard, UK

American Museum in Britain

American Museum & Gardens, Claverton, Bath, UK

Avon Valley Railway

Avon Valley Railway, Bath Road, Bristol, UK

Bristol Free Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Road, Bristol, UK

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Bristol, UK

The Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum, Locking Moor Road, Weston-super-Mare, UK

Dyrham Park

Chippenham SN14 8HY, UK

JDR Karting

J D R Karting, Bristol Road, Gloucester, UK

Cattle Country

Cattle Country Park, Berkeley, UK

Region Information

South West England is a mainly rural region with a coastline along both the Bristol Channel and English Channel which is by far the longest coastline in England and has many seaside fishing towns. It is the largest in area of the nine official regions of England, covering 9,200 square miles (23,800 km2) and the counties of Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, as well as the Isles of Scilly. Five million people live in South West England.

The region includes the West Country and much of the ancient kingdom of Wessex. The largest city is Bristol. Other major urban centres include Plymouth, Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Exeter, Bath, Torbay, and the South East Dorset conurbation (which includes Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch). There are eight cities: Salisbury, Bath, Wells, Bristol, Gloucester, Exeter, Plymouth and Truro. It includes two entire national parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor and a small part of the New Forest is also within the region; and four World Heritage Sites, including Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast.

The region is known for its rich folklore, including the legend of King Arthur and Glastonbury Tor, as well as its traditions and customs. Cornwall has its own language, Cornish, and some regard it as a Celtic nation. The South West of England is known for Cheddar cheese, Devon cream teas, crabs, Cornish pasties, and cider. It is also home to the Eden Project, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, and Cornwall’s surfing beaches.

South West England is a beautiful coastal region that has some unique attractions, stunning places to visit and family days out. Explore two National Parks. Have a culinary experience with exceptional seafood and cream teas. The biggest attraction of South West England for many is the beaches of Cornwall, Dorset and Devon. The region incorporates some of the most breathtaking and diverse scenery, which stretches from the rolling Mendips hills in the east to the rugged Cornish peninsula in the south and the Forest of Dean and Cotswold Hills in the North. In between are areas of remote moorland covered during the spring and summer with flowering heather. The climate is milder than the rest of the UK, due to its southerly location, and also because this narrow triangle of land is surrounded by the warm gulf stream.

For visitors looking for days out in the South West there are plenty of things to do and see, from exotic gardens and ancient castles to pristine stately homes. You will also find many animal farm parks, zoos and fun amusement parks for the children, along with many of the best sandy beaches in Britain for the whole family to enjoy.

The south west has some excellent areas for walking – such as Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor, the Mendip Hills, Quantocks and the Exmoor National Park – not to forget the spectacular South West Coast Path, the longest public right of way in Britain.

The South West region is probably England’s most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts and iconic monuments. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe.

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