Browse our 'Top 10 Recommendations' lists for South West England to find hotels and weekend breaks, places to visit and things to do. Ideas include museums, rainy days out, parks, galleries, views, cathedrals and railway journeys.
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Top 10 Recommended Places To Visit in South West England


Places To Visit in South West England
South West England is home to some of the UK's most popular holiday destinations. Devon and Cornwall, Bath and the Cotswolds AONB are all in the South West. Then there's The English Riviera and the South Devon AONB, Wiltshire and Dartmoor National Park. Given the sheer number of destinations, we've created a list of our 'Top 10 Recommended Places To Visit in South West England'. Click on each recommendation for a summary guide and further, more specific, suggestions. Browse our other 'Top 10' lists, too, to discover towns and villages, weekend break ideas and attractions in the South West. By James Penman.


It's the coastline, with its beaches and stunning towns and harbours, that pulls in most visitors but take time to explore its capital, Exeter, and its National Parks. Click through for lots more, specific Devon recommendations.

Sennen Cove Beach and Whitesand Bay

Twelve geographic areas within Cornwall. Unsurprisingly, given the county's exceptional beaches, most are on the coast. Try Bodmin Moor if you're into walking, too. Again, click through to the Cornwall AONB summary guide for detailed recommendations.


Great place. History, natural beauty, food, coastline, cider! We've spent months researching Somerset and thoroughly recommend it. Wells is a must.


Its Jurassic Coast is awesome. Great walking and views on the South West Coast Path. Inland, rolling downland and some great towns including Dorchester and Shaftesbury.

Broadway, Worcestershire

Italy has Tuscany. England has the Cotswolds. Honey stone villages and towns in lush, rolling countryside. Can't go wrong here.


Where you'll find Stonehemge. And Avebury, Salisbury Cathedral, Old Sarum, Lacock Abbey, Bowood House, Wilton House. A stunning county.


A UNESCO World Heritage site packed with historical goodies spanning thousands of years. A pleasure to walk around, there are plenty of restaurants and shops.

Dartmoor Ponies, Dartmoor National Park

Steep sided valleys cut by fast flowing rivers, thick woods and a multitude of wildlife. Dartmoor is far from the bleak moorland of stereotype. Home to the only two mountains in southern England.

Dunkery from Luccombe, Exmoor

A spectacular coastline plunges into the Bristol Channel and offers great views to Wales. Head to its highest point, Dunkery Beacon, for a sense of how beautiful the area is.

The English Riviera

The English Riviera is quite simply amazing. We explored the area in summer and were blown away by its beauty and the range of things to do. At some point in your life, go.