Top summer days out in the South West

Summer is here and though you can't always count on sunshine you can depend on a summer day out at one of these places. From colourful gardens, to peaceful walks and historical homes, which one will become part of your summer memories?

Tyntesfield Rose Garden


A spectrum of spaces from formal to kitchen gardens, rose garden to arboretum and the wider estate and parkland. All with the gothic splendour of Tyntesfield house at its centre.

Children playing at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Kingston Lacy  

Kingston Lacy is a dazzling superstar of a house, inspired by the palaces of Italy and filled with treasures. The garden and wider estate are perfect for exploring or relaxing on a summer's day.

The Temple of Apollo reflected in the lake at Stourhead, Wiltshire


Hills, water, classical architecture, a fabulous collection of trees and shrubs and meandering paths create vistas through trees to classical temples and surprises at every turn. Stourhead is worth a visit in any season, but summer truly brings out the vibrance of the space, when the trees and flowers are at the height of their vivid strength.

 Visitors on the scenic drive down to the east front at Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire.

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire

The lavish collections inside this beautiful country house reflect the fashion in the 17th-century for all things Dutch. Set in extensive parkland and situated between Bath and Bristol, you'd never believe you were just off the M4 (exit 18 M4 - approximately 3 miles/4 minutes).

Man relaxing on a bench overlooking Lanhydrock gardens

Seasonal highlights - enjoy summer at Lanhydrock 

Find the perfect spot for lazy days and summer strolls at Lanhydrock. Take a look at some seasonal highlights.

Summer fun at Montacute House

Summer fun at Montacute 

The sights, sounds and smells of summer are upon us at Montacute House, and there is lots of fun to be had.

Children creating wild art in the garden of Tintagel Old Post Office

Summer fun at Tintagel Old Post Office  

There's lots planned for a summer of fun at Tintagel Old Post Office. Whether it's following the new family trail, ticking-off 50 Things to do before you're 11 and 3/4 or trying your hand at traditional craft activities or photography, we've got the school holidays sorted. You can even dress as a Victorian to look the part and have your lunch al fresco in a picnic spot with a difference. Please click to find out more.

The Keep of Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle, Dorset 

One of Britain's most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, Corfe Castle in Dorset was partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians.

The long border at Saltram


A house full of treasures, stories and intrigue. A secret garden to lose yourself in, plus a park that cyclists, walkers and our four-legged friends love.

Den building activities, 50 things

Brownsea Island  

An adventure awaits the moment you step ashore on the island. Soak up the summer on beautiful Brownsea beaches and take in the spectacular scenery from perfect picnic spots. Be a hero for the day on our Storybook Adventure trail or get creative up at the outdoor natural play area.