South West

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

Christmas in the South West

Long walks in the crisp air, frosted landscapes, warming fires and decorations galore - we've got everything you need to make your Christmas special.

Take a look at our events page to find out what's happening near you. There's everything from wreath making to guided walks.

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Cotehele garland

Every Christmas the team at Cotehele create a beautiful garland in the great hall, made from dried flowers grown on the estate.

The flowers have been drying since May (see the video above). Admire the 60-foot garland, this year with 36,160 flowers grown in the garden.

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 and cosy cottages.

There's everything you need for a brilliant family Christmas.

Alternatively, escape the chaos of the festive season and enjoy some tranquility at one of our secluded countryside cottages.

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.


Winter walks

Take the whole family on a winter walk © National Trust

Take the whole family on a winter walk

We care for some incredible outdoor places which become winter wonderlands at the time of year. As trees lose their leaves views become even wider and lower temperatures mean frosty grass and frozen puddles.

Lots of places offer trails and tracker packs too to help keep younger family members entertained.

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 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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