South West

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

Places to go this summer

Family enjoying a summer picnic

Picnics in the South West 

Top spots include the sweeping sands of Studland Bay, Dorset, and the woodlands and orchards of Lydford Gorge in Devon.

Kingston Lacy in Wimborne, Dorset

Find a place to visit 

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

The Drake portrait

Sir Francis Drake comes home to Buckland Abbey 

A rare opportunity to see this wonderful Elizabethan portrait exhibited in his former Devon home.

Solsbury Hill

What's on 

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

Behind the scenes from experts

Outdoors this summer
Large Blue butterfly

Summer wildlife in the south west 

The South West is home so all sorts of wildlife, and the places we care for are great for spotting some of the species that live here. There's the weird, wonderful and colourful waiting to be found, in particular, there's butterflies galore.

Outdoor theatre Cliveden

Outdoor theatre across the South West 

From comedy to drama, musicals to traditional all-male Shakespeare performances, there are outdoor theatre performances coming to a stage in a special place near you.

The view over the River Dart in summer as seen from the walk from Galmpton to Greenway via Mill Lane

Summer walks in the South West by county 

Some of the best summer walks in the South West to help you find the perfect route, whether it's near where you live or where you're heading for the summer holidays.

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.

A family enjoy the beach at Poldhu

Summer holiday days out in the South West 

Looking for something to do with the family during the summer holidays? In the South West we've got trails, events, games, walks and more. Perfect for keeping everyone entertained.