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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Beach–Sight 1

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Cave 2

Garden/ Arboretum 5

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Government Building 2

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

Nautical Site/ Lighthouse 1

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

Viewpoint/ Scenic Overlook 3

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Cathedral of St. Peter

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

At the heart of Exeter, the great Gothic cathedral was begun in 1275 and completed almost a century later. Its twin towers are even older...

Custom House

  • Government Building

Exeter's historic waterfront on the River Exe was the center of the city's medieval wool industry, and the Custom House, built in 1682,...


  • Government Building

On the city's main shopping street, this is said to be the oldest municipal building in the country still in use. The current hall, with...

Mol's Coffee House

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With its half-timber facade bearing the coat of arms of Elizabeth I, this building (now a gift shop), on the corner of Cathedral Close,...

Powderham Castle

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Seat of the earls of Devon, this notable stately home 8 miles south of Exeter is famed for its staircase hall, a soaring fantasia of...

Rougemont Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

These gardens behind the Royal Albert Memorial Museum were laid out at the end of the 18th century. The land was once part of the defensive...

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

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This family-friendly museum is housed in a recently refurbished Victorian building. The centerpiece is the extensive Making History gallery...

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...