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. M Shed


    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

  • 2. Royal Albert Memorial Museum


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

  • 3. Somerset Rural Life Museum


    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

  • 4. Tate St. Ives


    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

  • 5. Torre Abbey


    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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture 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

  • 8. Devon Guild of Craftsmen


    One of the Southwest's most important contemporary Arts and Crafts centers, the Devon Guild is in a converted 19th-century coach house in the...Read More

  • 9. Elizabethan House


    In the heart of the Barbican section, this former sea captain's home offers a fascinating insight into how well-to-do Plymothians lived during...Read More

  • 10. Merchant's House


    Near the Barbican, just off the Royal Parade, this largely 17th-century house is a museum of local history. The museum will remain closed until...Read More

  • 11. Museum of Dartmoor Life


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

  • 12. National Maritime Museum Cornwall


    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

  • 13. Penlee House Gallery and Museum


    A small collection in this gracious Victorian villa in Penlee Park focuses on paintings by members of the so-called Newlyn School from about...Read More

  • 14. Plymouth Mayflower Exhibition


    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

  • 15. Royal Cornwall Museum


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

  • 16. St. Ives Society of Artists Gallery


    Local artists display selections of their current work for sale at this gallery in the former Mariners' Church. The Crypt Gallery in the basement...Read More

  • 17. Topsham Museum


    Occupying a 17th-century Dutch-style merchant's house beside the river, this museum has period-furnished rooms and displays on local and maritime...Read More

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