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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Pool 1

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Store/ Shop/ Mall 2

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

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A la Ronde

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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...

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

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

Beer Quarry Caves

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

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...

Bishop's Palace

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

Braunton Burrows

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Bird-watching and miles of trails through the dunes are the draws at this sanctuary on the north side of the Taw estuary, the core of...

Bristol Zoo Gardens

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Alongside the leafy expanse of Clifton Down is one of the country's most famous zoos. More than 400 animal species live in 12 acres of...


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At the southern point of Tor Bay, Brixham has kept much of its original charm, partly because it still has an active fishing harbor.

Buckland Abbey

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A 13th-century Cistercian monastery, Buckland Abbey became the home of Sir Francis Drake in 1581. Today it's filled with mementos of...

Castle Drogo

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Northeast of Chagford, this castle looks like a stout medieval fortress, complete with battlements, but construction actually took place...


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