Amongst the mysteries of the moor are a gorge, a forge and a spectacular modern fortress

Places to visit

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Hembury Woods cloaked in snow

Experience Christmas on Dartmoor 

Christmas is here and we've got lots fun things to get you in the festive mood near you including winter walks, Father Christmas and festive craft and gift fairs.

Get outdoors this winter

A Christmas tree and roaring fire at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Christmas in the South West 

Magnificent houses with Father Christmas, warm mince pies at the tea-room, frosty walks waiting to be discovered.

Festive interior design trends seen through the collection

Knightshayes in the winter sunset from South terrace

Find a place to visit 

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

In the South West

Meeting Father Christmas

Find an event 

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

Upcoming events

Buckland Abbey

Christmas at Buckland: Elizabethan Feast and Festivity

Sat 16 Dec 2017
Celebrate the Christmas season as local NAFAS groups fill the barn with festive joy with a seasonal celebration of Elizabethan tales and traditions
The Church House

Moods of Dartmoor

Sat 16 Dec 2017
Up until the end of March, while you enjoy a cup of coffee and a bite to eat in The Café on the Green, you can also view Chris Court's atmospheric paintings. If you see something you'd like for your home, just pop to the National Trust shop...
Buckland Abbey

Christmas Naturemake

Sat 16 Dec 2017
Join Naturemake this festive season and learn how to create magical Christmas decorations and fairy worlds from natural materials.
Buckland Abbey

The Art of Reflection

Sat 16 Dec 2017
Explore the spirituality, tranquillity and ephemeral flamboyance of Buckland Abbey reflected in the sumptuous mirrored art of Andrew Logan.
Castle Drogo

Father Christmas comes to Castle Drogo

Sat 16 Dec 2017
Father Christmas will be making a very special visit to Castle Drogo. Follow the trail through the garden to find him and receive a special present. (£2.50 to see Father Christmas). Normal admission applies. (We do expect that it could be busy so...
Buckland Abbey

Feast and Festivity - An Elizabethan Christmas at home

Sat 16 Dec 2017
Step back in time to experience an Elizabethan Christmas at home. See the kitchen getting ready for a festive feast, admire the greenery and floral displays in the Great Hall and discover peace and tranquillity in the Chapel.
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