Around Exmoor

Remote and romantic landscapes, including a castle home and a house full of collections

Places to visit

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English bluebell, Hyacinthus non-scriptus, in the garden in May at Killerton, Devon

Bluebells in the South West 

From Godolpin in Cornwall to Stourhead in Wiltshire, places in the South West are brimming with bluebells during the spring months. Take a look at this list to see where bluebells are blooming near you.

A child by the goldfish pond at Arlington Court, Devon

May half-term in and around Exmoor  

Why not make the most of this May half-term? With trails, outdoor play areas and activities on throughout the holidays, there's plenty to keep the little ones amused, come rain or shine.

The countryside around Wellington Monument

Take part in the Monumental Trek for Wellington Monument 

Join a challenging 10k or 21k walk across the Quantocks and Blackdown Hills on Sat 11 May, enjoying the incredible views and scenery, whilst raising vital funds in support of the monument.

Spring bulbs flowering at Tyntesfield

Find a place to visit 

Discover somewhere to visit using our search. In the South West you're never far from somewhere to explore.

The Drake portrait

Sir Francis Drake comes home to Buckland Abbey 

This year the portrait of Sir Francis Drake, which belongs to the National Portrait Gallery, is at Buckland Abbey, offering a rare opportunity to see this wonderful Elizabethan portrait exhibited in his former Devon home.

Groups of people outside the front of the house for a popular event at Arlington Court

Find an event 

Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to walks and runs.

Where to go today?

Upcoming events

Watersmeet

Wildflower Trail

Tue 21 May 2019
10:30-15:00
Test your wildflower knowledge with this beautiful woodland trail for grown ups. We also have a fun wood-rubbing sheet as an optional extra if your little explorers want to join in too.
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum

Bee trail

Tue 21 May 2019
10:30-16:00
Take a gentle stroll around the garden and pleasure grounds and find out more about the bees we're encouraging at Arlington, including their favourite plants to pollinate. Pick up anytime from reception.
Heddon Valley

Wildflower Trail

Tue 21 May 2019
10:30-15:00
Test your wildflower knowledge with this beautiful woodland trail for adults. We also have a fun wood-rubbing sheet as an optional extra if your little explorers want to join in too.
Heddon Valley

Nordic Walk Taster Sessions in the Heddon Valley

Wed 22 May 2019
15:00-16:00
In conjunction with National Walking Month in May, Heddon Valley has organised various walking events to get everyone outdoors. Two of our feature walks are Nordic Walking Taster Session with Jane Cumming (North Devon Nordic Walking).
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum

Treemendous tree trail

Sat 25 May 2019
10:30-16:00
Wander through the grounds as you look out for the treemendous tree trail activity boxes.
Heddon Valley

Family Butterfly Trail

Sat 25 May 2019
10:30-15:30
Enjoy a walk through the beautiful Heddon Valley down to the beach following the family butterfly trail.

Somerset

From Tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers, see what Somerset has to offer.

Devon

Journey from wild coasts, moorland and curious historic houses to lush gardens and beaches in Devon.

Exmoor

Home to remote and romantic landscapes, including a castle home and a house full of collections.