Indoor days out in the South West

We're delighted to be re-opening our houses in line with government guidance around social distancing measures. Scroll down to see where is open near you and where is reopening soon. The houses are listed out by county in the South West: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Staying safe 

In line with the easing of restrictions, we've reopened many of our houses. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. Visits are limited to ensure social distancing and entry to the house is not guaranteed on the day you visit.

We are legally required to participate in the NHS Test & Trace programme by asking those visitors over 16 who visit houses to check in with the NHS COVID-19 app, scan their membership card or leave brief contact details.

In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces, unless exempt. Please bring one with you. We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

Houses, mills and mines in Cornwall

EPAL brick chimney at East Pool Mine

East Pool Mine

At the very heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site sits the great beam engine in Taylor's engine house, originally powered by high-pressure steam boilers introduced by local hero Richard Trevithick. On a guided tour you'll discover the whole dramatic story of Cornish mining.

Bluebells in front of the house at Trerice

Trerice house

Follow a a one-way system to maintain social distancing around this Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors, which remains little changed by the advances in building fashions over the centuries thanks to long periods under absentee owners.

Historic houses in Devon

Blacksmith at work in the forge at Finch Foundry, Devon

Finch Foundry

Home to the last set of working Victorian water-powered forge tools in England, Finch Foundry is the doorway to Dartmoor's industrial past with a lovely garden. Get an insight into the life of workers in the 19th century and learn about the enterprising Finch family.

The front of Saltram house


Saltram house is magnificently decorated, with original contents including an exceptional collection of paintings (several by Sir Joshua Reynolds) and impressive kitchen. It also has Robert Adam’s Neo-classical Saloon and Dining room.

Cosy cottages and stately homes in Dorset

Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

Newark Park, Gloucestershire

Newark Park

The architecture of Newark House reveals its intriguing history, with a quirky collection of furnishings and impressive views completing its homely feel.

Somerset's stately homes

Places to visit in Wiltshire

More ideas for rainy days out

A young girl picks up a second hand book to read

Second-hand bookshops to visit in the South West 

Thanks to supporters like you, second-hand bookshops at the places we care for usually take thousands of pounds annually, and every penny is invested to keep the property special for everyone, for ever. Read on to find out about the bookshops which help to raise funds to support vital conservation work, and the different bookshops you can visit.