The West Country Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The West Country - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Plymouth 11

Bristol 10

Exeter 8

Penzance 4

St. Ives 4

Wells 4

Tavistock and Environs 3

Totnes 3

Fowey 3

Porlock 3

Glastonbury 3

Topsham 2

Torquay 2

Dartmouth 2

Chagford 2

Okehampton 2

Bodmin 2

Truro 2

St. Mawes 2

Trelissick 2

Falmouth 2

Tintagel 2

Lynton and Lynmouth 2

Beer 1

Lydford 1

Dartmoor National Park 1

Launceston 1

Lizard Peninsula 1

Land's End 1

Clovelly 1

Exmoor National Park 1

Dunster 1

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Cave 2

Garden/ Arboretum 5

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House/ Mansion/ Villa 8

Information Center 1

Island 2

Memorial/ Monument/ Tomb 2

Military Site 1

Mine 1

Mountain–Sight 1

Museum Village 1

Museum/ Gallery 17

Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 1

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Neighborhood/ Street 3

Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 2

Pool 1

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 6

Store/ Shop/ Mall 2

Tour–Sight 1

Town/ Village 5

Trail/ Path 1

Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) 4

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Tintagel Castle

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Although all that remains of the ruined cliff-top Tintagel Castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur, is the outline of its walls,...

Topsham Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Occupying a 17th-century Dutch-style merchant's house beside the river, this museum has period-furnished rooms and displays on local...

Torre Abbey

  • Museum/Gallery

For lovers of fine things, Torquay's chief attraction is Torre Abbey, surrounded by parkland but close to the seafront. The abbey itself,...

Totnes Castle

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

You can climb up the hill in town to the ruins of this castle—a fine Norman motte and bailey design—for a wonderful view of Totnes...

Trelissick Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

Cornwall's mild climate has endowed it with some of the country's most spectacular gardens, among which is Trelissick Garden on the banks...


  • House/Mansion/Villa

This extravagant, 35-bedroom Victorian–Gothic Revival mansion has been magnificently restored to reveal a showcase of the decorative...

Underground Passages

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Exeter's Underground Passages, which once served as conduits for fresh water, are the only medieval vaulted passages open to the public...

Vicar's Close

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To the north of the cathedral, the cobbled Vicar's Close, one of Europe's oldest streets, has terraces of handsome 14th-century houses...

Wells Cathedral

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The great west towers of the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew, the oldest surviving English Gothic church, can be seen for miles. Dating...

Wookey Hole Caves

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These limestone caves in the Mendip Hills, 2 miles northwest of Wells, may have been the home of Iron Age people. Here, according to...