South West

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

Pick your favourite spot for a picnic © NTPL/Arnhel de Serra

Pick your favourite spot for a picnic

This summer, head out with the whole family and explore the South West.

Take your pick from sandy beaches, rolling countryside, gardens of all shapes and sizes, parks and historic buildings.

Play outdoors this summer on a play trail, ranger day, event, or under your own steam.

Follow a play trail this summer

These little friends wriggle lot   © NTPL/Paul Harris

These little friends wriggle lot

Number 24 - Go on a walk barefoot © NTPL/National / Rob Durston

Number 24 - Go on a walk barefoot

50 Things: Pond dipping © NTPL/National / Rob Durston

50 Things: Pond dipping

Go on a really long bike ride © NTPL/Ben Selway

Go on a really long bike ride

Kayaking by Old Harry Rocks, Dorset © NTPL/Ben Selway

Kayaking by Old Harry Rocks, Dorset

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Lots of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ can be completed all year round, but some are best ticked off in summer:

  • go on a really long bike ride
  • jump over waves
  • climb a tree
  • go camping in the wild
  • go on a walk barefoot

Celebrating the South West Coast

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.

Coast saving ale

St Austell Brewery and National Trust have teamed together to create a seasonal pale ale called The Gribbin, to celebrate 50 years of looking after the coast.

Named after the headland that the brewery helped secure for the National Trust to look after forever.

Historic Houses Association

We're pleased to be working with the Historic Houses Association to offer our members 2 for 1 entry at selected Historic Houses Association attractions.

The special offer is valid from 1 July to 31 August 2015 inclusive. You can visit as many times as you wish.

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.


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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

What will you draw in the sand? © National Trust

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 beach at Kynance Cove in Cornwall offers beautiful views © John Millar

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

A view of Studland Beach, Dorset © National Trust/Will Wilkinson

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.


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