South West

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

Places to explore in Cornwall

Devon
A la Ronde in summer

A la Ronde

This quirky 18th-century, 16 sided house with fascinating interior decoration and collections was built for two spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, on their return from a grand tour of Europe in the late 18th century. It contains many objects and mementoes of their travels. Outside, enjoy gentle walks and stunning views across the Exe estuary to the east Devon coastline.

Reopening for guided tours from Wednesday 19 May.

Dorset
Hyacinths in front of Kingston Lacy house, Dorset

Kingston Lacy 

Outside there are sweeping lawns, a Japanese Garden, the woodland and parkland walks to explore, as well as the wider estate and countryside. The magnificent State and Ground Floors in the house reopen from Monday 17 May.

Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds
Tulips in flower at Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park

Situated near Bath, this ancient parkland is full of magnificent trees and view points with extensive vistas that stretch as far as the Welsh mountains. The garden is home to sumptuous planting, formal areas and peaceful wooded terraces.

The late 1600s impressive baroque mansion house with its collection of fine art and Dutch Delftware reopens from Monday 17 May, with booking available from Friday 14 May.

Places to visit in Somerset

Places to visit in Wiltshire

Keeping the South West special

Inspiration for local adventures

Bringing nature to you

Video

Large blue butterfly boost

The globally endangered large blue butterfly has been successfully reintroduced at Rodborough Common. Large blues were once a common sight on the commons. Butterflies are such sensitive creatures, and with the large blue’s particular requirements they are real barometers for what is happening with our environment and the changing climate. Creating the right conditions for this globally endangered butterfly has been the culmination of years of work by conservationists and the local graziers.⁠

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