South West

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

Discover the South West

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The sounds of spring

Jason Singh's full composition

Jason Singh's full composition

Jason Singh, a leading UK beatboxer has vocally recreated the nation’s best-known songbirds to celebrate spring and encourage the nation to get outdoors and experience nature first hand.

The Tweet Music was commissioned by the National Trust after academic research found that listening to birdsong, one of our 50 things, makes people calmer and boosts positivity. Despite this, almost one in five rarely hear birdsong with 19% of city dwellers regularly woken by the noise of cars or planes.

New for 2014

Visit Stourhead house as part of your spring day out

Visit Stourhead house as part of your spring day out

Across the South West places are finding new and innovative ways to share their stories with you and give you something new to discover. Whether it's a side to your favourite place you didn't know or somewhere you've never been before, there are lots of exciting things to see and do in 2014.

We've compiled a list of some of the highlights to give you an idea of what you can find in the South West.

Devon and Cornwall


A dramatic coastline including part of the Jurassic Coast, a rich mining history, unspoilt countryside, exotic gardens, country houses...there's more to these counties than beautiful beaches and surfing.

Dorset and Wiltshire

The astrolabe in the South Garden

The Jurassic coastline, a captivating castle, a world famous landscape garden, magnificent houses and landscapes rich in archaeology and wildlife - two counties that beg to be explored.

Somerset and Glos

One of many varieties of Iris at Barrington Court

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

Great for groups

Explore Snowshill Manor and Garden with friends © Colin Davidson

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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