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Top 10 Recommended Museums in South West England


Museums in South West England
Whilst the coast and sea, countryside and moorland of South West England attract most visitors, there are lots of quality museums. Some, like SS Great Britain, are internationally important. Others, like Museum of Dartmoor Life, are superb local resources. Here are our 'Top 10 Recommended Museums in South West England'. Browse our other 'Top 10' lists for recommendations relating to castles and cathedrals, country houses and churches. By James Penman.

SS Great Britain

The world's first great ocean liner. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. On the Floating Harbour in Bristol and a great way to start exploring this exceptional city.

Corinium Museum

Museum in the centre of the 'Capital of the Cotswolds'. Collection focuses on the Roman period when Cirencester was England's second city.

Jane Austen Centre

Permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jane Austen's life in Bath.

Mayflower Visitor Centre

Fine local museum outlining the history of Plymouth, specifically The Pilgrim Fathers. Close to the steps down which The Pilgrim Fathers went to board the Mayflower. Special.

Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum

One of the best local museums we've visited in the UK. Top views of Salisbury Cathedral.

Wiltshire Heritage Museum

Another of the best local museums we've visited in the UK. Hot on the Stonehenge and Avebury UNESCO World Heritage Site(s) which are local.

Dorset County Museum

The largest Thomas Hardy collection in the world. Also explores Dorset history and the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Glastonbury Abbey Tithe Barn

Magnificent fourteenth century tithe barn once belonging to Glastonbury Abbey at the centre of the Somerset Rural Life Museum.

STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway

Museum of the Great Western Railway (GWR) celebrating the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, GWR engineer.

Museum of Dartmoor Life

Exhibits explore life on Dartmoor from prehistoric times to the present. It's our local museum, it's brilliant so visit when in Devon!