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

    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

    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

    Historic Home

    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

    Nature Sight

    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

    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

    Military Sight

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

  • 12. Tintagel Castle

    Castle/Palace

    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

    Historic Home

    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

    Historic Home

    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

    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

    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

    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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