South West

Classic coastline, tropical gardens, iconic monuments and the great outdoors

Spring gardens and flowers

A family enjoying a picnic

May half-term and family fun in the South West 

Places across the South West are full of things to keep you and your whole family entertained, with half-term fun, '50 things' adventures, trails and events.

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.

Where to go today?

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.

Walkers enjoy Killerton's garden in spring

Spring walks by county 

The outdoors begins to transform in the spring as colour returns to the landscape and the temperature starts to warm up. It's a great time of year for getting outdoors and exploring on foot.

A group on a tour along the Tin Coast

People's Landscapes in the South West 

This year, the National Trust is launching People’s Landscapes, a series of events and activities that will explore landscapes where people came together to seek dramatic social change.