The unusual, different and distinctive in the South West

Interesting projects, curious architecture, sculptures, fascinating archaeological features and all sort of interesting oddities can be found in the South West. Here are a few to get you started.

The reservoir

A Victorian reservoir at Dunster Castle 

Head below ground to see a piece of Victorian engineering up close.

Detail of a boar's head tapestry at Cotehele, Cornwall

Cotehele's precious old boar

Cotehele is famous for the tapestry collection which covers the walls of the house. What makes this collection and its old boars so interesting?

Fireplace at Kingston Lacy, Dorset.

The Bankes family home

This fabulous house, modelled on at Italian palazzo, is filled with priceless treasures. But it was also a family home.

A view of Old Harry, Dorset

Old Harry: a Purbeck landmark

Old Harry is an iconic feature on the East Dorset coastline, and it's also a great spot for sports, walking and admiring some lovely views.

The wavy hedges of Glendurgan maze in Cornwall seen from above

Keeping Glendurgan's maze forever puzzling

We need to save the 180 year old maze to ensure its future for generations to come. Find out about the challenges facing the maze, and how you can help. Please note, the maze is closed until further notice.

Victorian fire house at Tyntesfield

Fire and wire at Tyntesfield

Things are different at Tyntesfield in 2018 as we work on a major conservation project to replace the fire alarm system in the house.

Apple in the orchard

Glastonbury Tor's orchards

Find out more about our orchards

The great hall window reflecting a sunrise

The great hall window

The great hall window is a key feature of the house’s character, notable for its scale and individual details. Find out more about the window and how we look after it.

Volunteer Ian winds the bucket to the top of the well at Coleridge Cottage

Draw water from the well 

Are you as strong as Sara Coleridge? You can find out by drawing water from the newly restored 17th-century well

Overview of the sections of the walled kitchen garden at Trengwainton

Trengwainton's unique walled gardens

Visit the 10 unique sections of walled gardens at the heart of this special place.

The gazebos framing the Red Borders

The restoration of the gazebos

The gazebos have been restored to their former glory using historic paint sampling and plans are in place to return the buildings to their former use.

An information panel at the Keates Quarry dinosaur footprints

The Spyway dinosaur footprints

At Keates Quarry near Spyway you can literally walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs which roamed Purbeck 145 million years ago.

A la Ronde in the autumn

Why does A la Ronde have sixteen sides?

A beautiful yet unique building with a fascinating history and design - find out why it has 16 sides.

Volunteer Ian winds the bucket to the top of the well at Coleridge Cottage

Draw water from the well

Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote these words in 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. However, for his wife, Sara, this was the reality...

Camellia in flower in Greenway garden

Find a place to visit 

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