The West Country

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

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  • 1. 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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  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Bristol Zoo Gardens

    Zoo/Aquarium

    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 gardens...Read More

  • 10. Clifton Suspension Bridge

    Leigh Woods | Bridge/Tunnel

    A monument to Victorian engineering, this 702-foot-long bridge spans the Avon Gorge. Work began on Isambard Kingdom Brunel's design in 1831...Read More

  • 11. Dartmouth Steam Railway

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    These lovingly restored trains chug along on tracks beside the River Dart between Paignton and Kingswear (across the river from Dartmouth)....Read More

  • 12. Geevor Tin Mine

    Mine

    The winding B3306 coastal road southwest from St. Ives passes through some of Cornwall's starkest yet most beautiful countryside. Barren hills...Read More

  • 13. Isles of Scilly

    Island

    Fondly regarded in folklore as the lost land of Lyonesse, this compact group of more than 100 islands 30 miles southwest of Land's End is equally...Read More

  • 14. Morwellham Quay

    Museum Village

    In the 19th century, Morwellham (pronounced More- wel -ham) was England's main copper-exporting port, and it has been carefully restored as...Read More

  • 15. Museum of Dartmoor Life

    Museum/Gallery

    The three floors of this informative museum contain historical artifacts, domestic knickknacks, traditional agricultural and mining tools, and...Read More

  • 16. National Marine Aquarium

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This excellent aquarium on the harbor presents aqueous environments, from a freshwater stream to a seawater wave tank to a huge "shark theater...Read More

  • 17. National Maritime Museum Cornwall

    Museum/Gallery

    The granite-and-oak-clad structure by the harbor is an excellent place to come to grips with Cornish maritime heritage, weather lore, and...Read More

  • 18. Plymouth Mayflower Exhibition

    Museum/Gallery

    On three floors, this interactive exhibition narrates the story of Plymouth, from its beginnings as a fishing and trading port to the modern...Read More

  • 19. 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 white stuccowork...Read More

  • 20. Royal Cornwall Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    In a Georgian building, this museum displays some fine examples of Cornwall-inspired art, a sampling of Cornish archaeology, an absorbing hodgepodge...Read More

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