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.

Staying safe 

In line with the easing of restrictions, we've reopened many of our houses. The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our top priority. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness. We recommend that face coverings are worn in enclosed and crowded areas in line with government guidance.

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

Historic houses in Devon

The Georgian house in winter at Saltram


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.

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. The magnificent State and Ground Floors in the house have reopened.

Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

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.