The West Country

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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. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Buckland Abbey

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 7. Cathedral Church of St. Mary

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although built between 1880 and 1910, this cathedral evokes a medieval church, with an exterior in Early English Gothic style. The interior...Read More

  • 8. Dartmoor National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Even on a summer's day, the brooding hills of this sprawling wilderness appear a likely haunt for such monsters as the hound of the Baskervilles...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Dozmary Pool

    Pool

    For a taste of Arthurian legend, follow A30 northeast out of Bodmin across the boggy, heather-clad granite plateau of Bodmin Moor. After about...Read More

  • 11. Elizabethan House

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 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. Greenway

    House/Mansion/Villa

    A rewarding way to experience the River Dart is to join a cruise from Dartmouth's quay to visit Greenway, the 16th-century riverside home of...Read More

  • 14. Hoe

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    From the Hoe, a wide, grassy esplanade with crisscrossing walkways high above the city, you can take in a magnificent view of the inlets, bays...Read More

  • 15. King Harry Ferry

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    A chain-drawn car ferry, the King Harry runs to the scenically splendid Roseland Peninsula each day three times an hour. From its decks you...Read More

  • 16. Kynance Cove

    Beach–Sight

    A path close to the tip of the peninsula plunges down 200-foot cliffs to this tiny cove dotted with a handful of pint-size islands. The sands...Read More

  • 17. Lost Gardens of Heligan

    Garden/Arboretum

    These sprawling grounds have something for all garden lovers, as well as an intriguing history. Begun by the Tremayne family in the late 18th...Read More

  • 18. Mayflower Steps

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    By the harbor you can visit the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrims embarked in 1620; the Mayflower Stone marks the exact spot. They had sailed...Read More

  • 19. Merchant's House

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 20. 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

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