Around Exmoor

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

Places to visit

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Half-term fun on Exmoor

Exmoor in flower in the Heddon Valley, with Exmoor beyond

Heather on Exmoor under threat from climate change 

Every August, the hills of Exmoor are usually awash with a haze of purple. But the hot summer of 2018, and thriving numbers of heather beetles, have turned acres of heather from glorious purple to a muddy brown this year.

Autumn brings spectacular light and colour to Kingston Lacy in Dorset

Find a place to visit 

In the South West you're never far from a National Trust garden, house or countryside walk.

Family group at Trerice

Heritage Open Days 2019 

From 13-22 September 2019, the Heritage Open Days festival returns with a packed programme of activities. This annual festival celebrates our diverse history, architecture and culture, so you can visit many of the places we care for entirely for free.

Upcoming events

Heddon Valley

Heddon Valley History Trail

Mon 23 Sep 2019
10:30-16:00
Discover more about the hidden history of Heddon Valley with this informative self-led walking trail for adults.
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum

Photography trail

Mon 23 Sep 2019
10:30-16:00
Explore Arlington through the camera's lens with a brand new photography trail inside and outside. Compare the old with the new, see previously unseen photographs, and share your own pictures with us.
Coleridge Cottage

Tea-Room Volunteer open day

Wed 25 Sep 2019
11:00-16:30
Whether it's making new friends, learning new skills, or helping look after a fantastic place, there are many reasons to volunteer. Hear from Tea-Room volunteers at Coleridge Cottage and meet the staff at our drop in day
Coleridge Cottage

Romantic Women

Wed 25 Sep 2019
12:00-13:00
Samuel Taylor Coleridge - in the life of this great man were some great women whose stories are rarely told. The tale of their lives and their struggles during Coleridge's time at the Cottage are revealed through these guided tours.
Coleridge Cottage

Poetry Reading

Thu 26 Sep 2019
12:00-13:00
Sit back, relax, and listen to some poetry in the place where Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' and 'Kubla Khan'
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum

Conservation in action

Thu 26 Sep 2019
13:00-15:00
Discover how the team care for the collections, from miniature model ships, to stuffed birds and grand state coaches. See the tools used and learn the techniques they've mastered.
Visitors pick up fallen apples in the orchard at Killerton, Devon

What's on 

There are hundreds of events happening across the South West, including outdoor theatre, bee trails and book festivals.

Apples, orchards and forts

Footpath on West Exmoor

Autumn walks in North Devon

Stretch your legs and enjoy the changing colours of North Devon this autumn

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.