Indoor days out in the South West

Visit historic houses, castles and cottages in the South West. The houses are listed by county: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​

Houses, mills and mines in Cornwall

Historic houses in Devon

Dorset

The saloon at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

Kingston Lacy

Step inside the lavish home of one of the most powerful families of Dorset and discover the history of Kingston Lacy and the Bankes family. From fighting the forces of Oliver Cromwell, to gathering one of the world’s largest collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts, the Bankes have a colourful past.

Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

The Turquoise Hall (Blue Room) at Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire

Snowshill Manor house

In the manor house are Charles Wade’s eclectic collections. He was an architect and artist who dedicated his life to collecting, having inheriting his family’s sugar estates. We maintain the atmospheric rooms he created with low lighting and few labels. From tiny toys to Samurai armour, and musical instruments to bicycles, thousands of objects are laid out for you to see just as Mr Wade intended.

Somerset's stately homes and historic houses

Places to visit in Wiltshire

The Main Facade showing the elaborate entry doorway at Mompesson House, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Mompesson House

This 18th-century Queen Anne townhouse in Salisbury's historic Cathedral Close has reopened with introductory tours, focusing on the architecture and the setting of Mompesson. The delightful walled garden has a pergola and traditionally planted herbaceous borders.

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.