The West Country

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  • 1. 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 survivors...Read More

  • 2. Dunster Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    A 13th-century fortress remodeled in 1868, Dunster Castle dominates the village from its site on a hill. Parkland and unusual gardens with...Read More

  • 3. Eden Project

    Garden/Arboretum

    Spectacularly set in a former china-clay pit, this garden presents the world's major plant systems in microcosm. The crater contains more than...Read More

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  • 4. Lanhydrock

    House/Mansion/Villa

    One of Cornwall's greatest country piles, Lanhydrock gives a look into the lives of the upper classes in the 19th century. The former home of...Read More

  • 5. Lydford Gorge

    Geological Site

    The River Lyd carved a spectacular 1½-mile-long chasm through the rock at Lydford Gorge, outside the pretty village of Lydford, midway between...Read More

  • 6. M Shed

    Museum/Gallery

    In a refurbished transit shed on the harborside, this museum is dedicated to the city's history. The collection comprises three main galleries...Read More

  • 7. Pendennis Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    At the end of its own peninsula stands this formidable castle, built by Henry VIII in the 1540s and improved by his daughter Elizabeth I. You...Read More

  • 8. Royal Albert Memorial Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 9. Somerset Rural Life Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Occupying a Victorian farmhouse and a 14th-century abbey tithe barn, this museum tells the story of life in Somerset throughout the ages. Exhibits...Read More

  • 10. SS Great Britain

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    On view in the harbor is the first iron ship to cross the Atlantic. Built by the great English engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1843, it...Read More

  • 11. Tate St. Ives

    Museum/Gallery

    The spectacular sister of the renowned London gallery displays the work of artists who lived and worked in St. Ives, mostly from 1925 to 1975...Read More

  • 12. 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, moats,...Read More

  • 13. 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, founded...Read More

  • 14. Tyntesfield

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 15. We The Curious

    Harbourside | Museum/Gallery

    One of the country's top family-friendly science centers, this multimedia attraction provides a "hands-on, minds-on" exploration of science...Read More

  • 16. A la Ronde

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The 16-sided, nearly circular A la Ronde was built in 1798 by two cousins inspired by the Church of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Among the...Read More

  • 17. Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    The studio and garden of Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903–75), who pioneered abstract sculpture in England, are now a museum and sculpture garden...Read More

  • 18. Beer Quarry Caves

    Cave

    Worked from Roman times until 1900, this impressive underground network of caves make for an interesting tour. A small exhibition includes tools...Read More

  • 19. Berkeley Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    In the sleepy village of Berkeley (pronounced bark -ley), this castle is perfectly preserved, down to its medieval turrets, and full of family...Read More

  • 20. Bishop's Palace

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The Bishop's Eye gate leading from Market Place takes you to the magnificent, moat-ringed Bishop's Palace, which retains parts of the original...Read More

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