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What to see in The South West

The South West Attractions

The gorgeous natural scenery ensures that visitors to Southwest England are often content to ramble along rugged cliff walks on the coast or explore the wild moors of the region for the majority of their holiday. This appreciation of some of the country's most breathtaking and beloved landscapes is best interspersed with visits to quaint coastal villages and cosy pubs, especially in Devon and Cornwall.

Southwest England is also home to some fascinating historical sites, including the legendary Stonehenge and the mysterious Avebury Stone Circle, both in Wiltshire, as well as dozens of slightly younger abbeys and cathedrals, including the beautiful Salisbury Cathedral. The dramatic cliff-top castle ruin of Tintagel also draws many visitors, at least partly because popular legend decrees that it is the birthplace of King Arthur.

Since 1970, the Glastonbury Festival has drawn thousands of music lovers to a farm just outside the town of Glastonbury in Somerset to enjoy hundreds of top artists, as well as theatre, comedy, artwork and more. While best known for its music festivals and cheddar cheese, Somerset also boasts sites such as the Exmoor National Park and Cheddar Gorge with its myriad caves. The region supplies visitors with numerous opportunities for cultural, historic, gastronomic and outdoor activities and experiences to suit a multitude of interests.

Cheddar Gorge

Attracting about 500,000 visitors a year, southwest England's spectacular Cheddar Gorge makes a wonderful daytrip destination, guaranteed to delight lovers of the great outdoors. The limestone gorge,…

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Penzance is home to much more than Gilbert and Sullivan's famous pirates, though it has a long association with the arts and continues to be a centre for art and music in Cornwall. Originally a market…

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The historic port city of Plymouth is located on the Devon coast, about 190 miles (310km) southwest of London, and has been attracting both local and international holidaymakers for centuries. Dating…

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Salisbury Cathedral

The city of Salisbury is dominated by the spire of its famous cathedral, the tallest in England at 404 feet (123m). Started in 1220, the cathedral was completed in 1258, and the Spire added a few years…

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No other site in England presents the viewer with such grandeur and mystery, nor sparks the imagination so much as this iconic circle of stones in Wiltshire, southwest England. Writers, adventurers,…

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The Eden Project

The Eden Project's aim is to examine the ways in which human beings interact with their environment, with a special focus on the plant world, in order to develop new ways of sustainable development…

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