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

The house at Kingston Lacy in Dorset is a treasure trove of art work and the exotic, all courtesy of the Bankes family and their colourful past. Book your timed ticket house entry now via the What's on page.

A view of Old Harry, Dorset

Old Harry - 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.

Interior of the Studio shop

The Studio shop

Find out about how we created a shop in the Studio.

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.

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

Enjoy a sip of Glastonbury Tor's apple juice or cider

For the first time our mid Somerset team have created Glastonbury Tor apple juice and cider.

A builder cutting granite

Saving Castle Drogo

Find out about our six year conservation project to make the castle watertight. An undertaking more complex than it might sound.

Overbeck's First Flight

When you take time to admire 'First Flight' you help us look after her

Imagine the flutter of wings as the young girl raises her hand skyward offering liberty to the bird poised on her fingers.

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.

Sculptures by the artist Peter Randall-Page

Peter Randall-Page sculptures

Find out more about the Peter Randall-Page sculptures on display outside of the castle.

Viewing tower looking down on the building work

The project viewing tower at Castle Drogo

See Castle Drogo as never before with a trip up our viewing tower. Climb 58 steps up to the scaffolding and look down on to the building work below.

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 Keates Quarry 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 winter

Have you ever wondered why A la Ronde has sixteen sides?

A beautiful yet unique building with a fascinating history and design - find out why it has 16 sides. Come and find out more about this amazing property and the reasons why it is built the way it is.

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...

Springtime in the gardens of Lanhydrock, Cornwall

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