The South West
Surfing, Cream teas and King Arthur
The South West has everything a visitor could wish for beautiful countryside, beaches, history, as well as interesting towns and cities. Here you can find ancient stone circles Roman baths, beautiful houses and stately homes as well as architecture from all ages from Norman cathedrals to Georgian houses.
This region is often referred to as the West Country and includes much of the ancient kingdom of Wessex. The largest city is Bristol. Other major centers are Plymouth, Swindon, Gloucester, Exeter, Bath, and the South East Dorset conurbation of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.
There are 8 cities: Salisbury, Bath, Wells, Bristol, Gloucester, Exeter, Plymouth and Truro.
With two National Parks - Dartmoor and Exmoor - and four World Heritage Sites, including Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast, it is an amazing region to visit
The South West has a particularly strong cultural identity. Cornwall has its own language, Cornish, and it is rich in folklore, with many centuries-old traditions and customs. The legend of King Arthur it shares with Glastonbury and the Tor.
The South West of England is well known for producing Cheddar cheese, which originated in the Somerset village of Cheddar, also for Devon cream teas, crabs, Cornish pasties, and for cider. It is also home to the Eden Project.
Glastonbury Festival attracts thousands of people every year, other attractions include Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, hip-hop music and Cornwall's surfing beaches. The region has by far the longest coastline in England, and is well known for its traditional seaside fishing towns.
City and County of Bristol
Activities in The South West
Tewkesbury Abbey - Benedictine Abbey of Tewkesbury
Pennsylvania - William Penn
Nature in Art - Nature in Art Gallery and Museum
Castle and Gardens
Sudely Castle - Castle House and Gardens
Sherbourne Castle - Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594
Wells Cathedral - Wells Cathedral
Perrygrove - Treehouses Trains and Treasure
Slimbridge - Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Adventure Wonderland - All weather funpark
Painswick Rococo Garden - Painswick Rococo Garden
Compton Acres - Stunning Themed Gardens
Kiftsgate Court Gardens - Three generations of woman gardeners
House and Gardens
Bourton House - Bourton House Garden
Westonbirt - Westonbirt House and Gardens
Woodchester Mansion - Woodchester Gothic Mansion
Cotswold Lavender - English Lavender Growers
Dr Jenners House - Home of a Country Doctor
Corinium - Corinium Museum
Fleet Air Arm Museum - Fleet Air Arm Aviation Museum
Gold Hill Museum - Gold Hill Museum
Puzzlewood - Magical woodland in the Forest of Dean
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