South West

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

Explore inside a tree © National Trust

Explore inside a tree

Be a 50 things ranger

For the next five weeks we're going to help you tick off as many of your 50 things to do before 11 ¾ as possible.

Each week we're going to be focusing on how to be an adventurer, discoverer, ranger, tracker or explorer on our Things to see and do page.


Boscastle thrives ten years on from floods

Visit the picturesque harbour village of Boscastle in Cornwall today and you wouldn’t guess that on 16 August 2004 this thriving coastal community, which we help to look after, suffered a one in 400 year weather event.

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.


Need a holiday?

We've got some amazing places to stay 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 which might be just what you're looking for.

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.

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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