World-famous gardens, villages and ancient landscapes, and some lesser-known gems

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Children playing conkers in autumn at Stourhead

A family autumn at Stourhead 

Whatever the weather, there's lots of fun to be had at a day out at Stourhead this autumn.

The interior of the double bedroom in the holiday cottage '2 High Street' in Lacock, Wiltshire

Stay a while

Why not stay a little longer and spend some nights in picturesque Lacock? It's a perfect base for exploring Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire and the Cotswolds, as well as world heritage sites such as Bath, Avebury and Stonehenge.

A wreath hanging on a door at Trelissick, Cornwall

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

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Father Christmas, dressed in green, giving a gift to a child with Christmas tree in the background

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Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to Father Christmas and festive markets.

Upcoming events

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Drawn to the Land

Tue 25 Oct 2016
A series of photographs of female farmers in Scotland by award winning documentary photographer, Sophie Gerrard, on display in the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Bizarre beasts

Tue 25 Oct 2016
The detectives are baffled, the historians are mystified and the gardeners are perplexed.
Mompesson House

Rena Gardiner - All Her Own Work

Tue 25 Oct 2016
Our 2016 exhibition celebrates the life and work of artist and printmaker Rena Gardiner.

Spooky adventures at Avebury

Tue 25 Oct 2016
Goosebumps and tremors, cat trails and mummers masks - children will love the atmosphere at Avebury this half term. With a chance to make a mask and win a spooky prize as part of the trail, there is guaranteed fun for all. Trails £2 each
The Courts Garden

Wrap up warm for winter

Tue 25 Oct 2016
The trees are changing colour at The Courts Garden, and it's not just the leaves!
Stonehenge Landscape

On the Trail of Beowulf

Thu 27 Oct 2016
This Hallowe'en, we are bringing to life the story of the warrior Beowulf, an action-packed tale that's been told for a thousand years or more.


From Tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers, see what Somerset has to offer.


Home to everything from an island, ancient coasts and hidden gems to a castle and Italian palace.


Cotswold landscapes, famed gardens and grand homes dating back to the Romans, discover what Gloucestershire has to offer.