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 Weekend Breaks in South West England


Weekend Breaks in South West England
Our 'Top 10 Recommended Weekend Breaks in South West England' list is based upon places to visit and things to do. So, in addition to a coastal town such as Lyme Regis and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty such as the Cotswolds, we also recommend attractions such as The Eden Project and the South West Coast Path. Each recommendation comes with explanatory text but we'd suggest you browse all our other 'Top 10' lists for further ideas. By James Penman.

Lyme Regis

On the Dorset/Devon border, Lyme Regis is one of South West England's most impressive coastal towns. Moving around the coastline, sticking to the coastal town theme, try also Sidmouth, Dartmouth, Salcombe, Fowey, St. Ives, Padstow and Ilfracombe.

Beer, Devon

In our opinion, Beer, in the East Devon AONB, is one of South West England's finest villages. Try also West Lulworth, Sennen, Clovelly, Lynmouth and Dunster.

The Eden Project

One of the UK's top attractions. Cornwall is a small place so it's easy to travel from, say, Fowey or Padstow. For other top attractions, browse our 'Top 10 Recommended Things To Do in South West England' list.

Salisbury City Centre, Wiltshire

Cities. Clearly great for weekend breaks owing to good access by train or bus. South West England has plenty of them. In addition to Salisbury, try Plymouth and Exeter, Bristol and Bath.


Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. South West England has a number of these internationally important sites so build a weekend around them. Try also Stonehenge, Avebury, the Jurassic Coast and this Mining Landscape.

Dartmoor Ponies, Dartmoor National Park

Weekend break in a National Park. Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor National Park are all South West. A small section of the New Forest National Park is also in the region. Click the links for further recommendations relating to these National Parks.

Dartmouth , South Devon AONB

Head for a coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in South West England. South Devon's essential UK visiting. Try also the beaches of the North Devon AONB.

Broadway, Worcestershire

Alternatively, try an inland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Cotswolds are internationally known. We'd also recommend the rolling downland of the North Wessex Downs AONB.

Marlborough, Wiltshire

There are also plenty of exceptional towns and villages inland within South West England. In addition to Marlborough, try Castle Combe and Glastonbury, Cirencester and Dorchester.

South West Coast Path, End

630 miles of coastal joy. Pick a town or village on its path and head down for some walking. We'd recommend the coast around Sidmouth, Torcross, Sennen, Padstow and Lynmouth.