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Recent The South West Blog Posts

  • 08 September 2019
    John Ruskins grave Coniston village
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  • 31 July 2019
    “churchcrawler: St Leonard, Whitsbury, Hampshire Amazing building”

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  • 31 July 2019
    “churchcrawler: St Andrew, Shifnal, Shropshire Lovely interior”

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  • 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.





    Activities in The South West


    Abbeys

    Tewkesbury Abbey - Benedictine Abbey of Tewkesbury


    American Britain

    Pennsylvania - William Penn


    Art Gallery

    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


    Cathedrals

    Wells Cathedral - Wells Cathedral


    Family Fun

    Perrygrove - Treehouses Trains and Treasure

    Slimbridge - Slimbridge Wetland Centre

    Adventure Wonderland - All weather funpark


    Gardens

    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


    Lavender Farm

    Cotswold Lavender - English Lavender Growers


    Museums

    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


    Woodland

    Puzzlewood - Magical woodland in the Forest of Dean



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