South West

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

Places to play in the South West

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Somerset & Glos

The Grand Portico at Lodge Park © NT Lodge Park

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

Devon & Cornwall

The dramatic landscape of Cornish coastal mining at Levant in West Penwith © NTPL/David Noton

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

The South West gatehouse and keep at Corfe Castle, Dorset © Will Wilkinson/National Trust

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?

Our four new guides

Our four new guides

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

Bantham beach and Avon estuary appeal

A kite on the beach at Bantham

A kite on the beach at Bantham

Unfortunately we have been unsuccessful in our bid to purchase Bantham Beach and Avon Estuary in South Devon. We would like to thank everyone for their support of our fundraising appeal.

We will of course continue to care and protect for ever and for everyone the 40 miles and 3,000 hectares of the South Devon coast we already care for. We would also want, if possible, to work with any future owners of Bantham Beach & Estuary and ensure that this beautiful location is continued to be enjoyed by the many thousands of people who have told us how much it means to them.

Have you booked your summer holiday?

We've got some amazing places which cater to almost any interests; act as lord and lady of your own manor, or get outside and reconnect with nature in some amazing camping and caravanning locations.

If you're organising a group holiday we've also got some bunkhouses and bothies which might be just what you're looking for.

Great for groups

Visitors in the Loggia at Kingston Lacy, Dorset.  © NTPL/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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