South West

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

This is a great time of year for long walks in the crisp air and frosted landscapes, or to warm up in cosy tea-rooms offering delicious food.

Take a look at our events page to see the wide range of things you can do.

You could head outside as part of a beach clean or guided walk. Alternatively, take the family and explore on a trail.

There are lots of places to explore at this time of year, find somewhere to visit near you.

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Celebrating the South West Coast

There's nothing like the feeling of sand between your toes

There's nothing like the feeling of sand between your toes

 This year is all about the South West coast.

We're hosting a South West Coastal Festival throughout the year with activities, events and challenges on the coast. 

Show your support by volunteering, donating, or simply joining in the fun at your favourite beach.


Did you know you can view the fascinating collections housed at National Trust places online?

It's a great way to find out what to look out for on your visit, or learn more about items you've seen while you're there.

There's everyday items from all eras, some really obscure objects and beautiful artwork (including our Rembrandt self portrait).

Somerset & Glos

The Park at Minchinhampton Common during sunrise 

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

The gatehouse at Lanhydrock surrounded by winter snow © National Trust

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

Sweetbrier Drove in the winter Kingston Lacy Estate © KL/TH

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.


Spring flowers

Signs of spring are appearing in the South West

Signs of spring are appearing in the South West

Spring flowers are starting to appear all across the South West. There are carpets of white snowdrops, purple crocuses and yellow aconites to spot amongst many other colourful signs of spring.

The results from our annual Valentine's Day flower count this year indicate flowers are blooming earlier than last year, we've got 17% more blooms in the South West than we did this time last year.

Great for groups

Join a introductory talk at Hidcote © Arnhel de Serra

Many of our places are ideal for group visits, and offer benefits including group discounts and special interest tours. Download our 2015 guide and find the perfect itinerary for your group.

Places to stay

If you're planning a break take a look at our holiday cottages.

You can stay in some really unusual places; in gardens and estates, grand houses which can host the whole family and cosy cottages, perfect for a quiet retreat.

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