South West

Memories are made here in the South West: classic coastline, tropical gardens, iconic monuments and the great outdoors.

Autumn colour in the South West

Autumn brings an array of golds, reds and oranges to the outdoors. The South West is home to some great spots to watch autumn colour develop. Choose from ancient landscapes, dramatic coastline, varied parkland and formal gardens.

There's also a brilliant selection of events, cosy tea-rooms to warm up in and shops full to the brim with tempting products.

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Great British Walk

Join us for a Great British Walk this autumn

Join us for a Great British Walk this autumn

As autumn colour develops, the best way to take in this spectacle is on foot.

A walk in the autumn air is a great way to explore some of the dramatic coastline, ancient landscapes, historic parkland and gardens found in the South West.

Explore Castle Drogo

Take a trip to Castle Drogo and see first hand the work being done to protect the castle and make it watertight for the first time.

Castle Drogo is also home to the National Trust's highest garden; a great place to see changing autumn colour and a starting point for exploring the Teign Valley.

Download a walk before you go, or pick up a walks leaflet from reception.

Somerset & Glos

Watch the autumn colours change © Chris Watts

Between them Somerset, The Cotswolds and Gloucestershire boast dramatic coast, ruggedly beautiful Exmoor, lush green countryside, grand mansions, a Roman villa, stately parkland and gorgeous gardens.

Devon & Cornwall

Autumnal trees at Lanhydrock © Lorraine Bennett

A dramatic coastline, a rich mining history, unspoilt countryside, exotic gardens, country houses...there's more to Devon and Cornwall than beautiful beaches and surfing.

Dorset & Wiltshire

Stourhead garden is a stunning sight during the autumn weeks © BBC News

Our special places in Wiltshire and Dorset include a captivating castle, a world famous landscape garden, magnificent houses and landscapes rich in archaeology and wildlife - two counties that beg to be explored.


Have you picked up one of these?

We've created four new guides this year to help you discover the South West.

If you've picked up one of our guides whilst exploring, we’d love to hear your opinions.

Places to stay

Take the whole family to a cosy cottage this autumn. We've got places which cater to almost any interest; act as lord and lady of your own manor, or get outside in some amazing camping and caravanning locations.

If you're organising a group holiday we've also got bunkhouses and bothies.

Great for groups

Enjoy a group visit to Polesden © Arnhel de Serra

Many of our places are ideal for group visits, and offer benefits including group discounts and special interest tours. Download our 2014 guide and find the perfect itinerary for your group.

Our collections

Did you know you can view our fascinating collections online? A great way to find out what to look out for on your visit to one of our places, or learn more about items you've seen while you're there.

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