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Cobblestone Tor, Dartmoor National Park (© Moorefam | iStockphoto.com)
Cobblestone Tor, Dartmoor National Park.

Attractions

outstanding Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
exceptional Cotswold Way
must-see Jurassic Coast (Dorset and East Devon)

Cornwall

Penzance
Minack Theatre, near Penzance (© Jeremyrichards | Dreamstime.com)
outstanding Penzance the last town at the southwesternmost corner of England before Land's End. The rocky coast around Penzance is among the most spectacular in Europe. The dramatically sited Minack Open-Air Theatre is a must-see for anyone who wants to experience a Shakespeare play differently.
Eden Project
Eden Project (photo by Jon - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)
very good Eden Project
Isles of Scilly
Old town beach in St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly (© Stephen Rees | iStockphoto.com)
very good Home to barely 2,000 people, the Isles of Scilly are the southernmost and warmest part of the British Isles. Besides its pleasant microclimate, the archipelago is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a few Neolithic stone circles.

Lanhydrock House
Lanhydrock Garden & Church (© Darrensharvey | Dreamstime.com)
very good Set in a superb 364-hectare park between, Lanhydrock House is one of the great late-Victorian country houses in England.
Newquay & Trerice
Newquay Harbour (© John Guard | iStockphoto.com)
very good Newquay & Trerice.
St Ives
St Ives from the Malakoff (© Andrew Chambers | iStockphoto.com)
very good The artistic capital of Cornwall, the little seaside town of St Ives attracts an incredible lot of tourists in summer. Home to numerous painters and sculptors in the 1920's and 30's, their works are now displayed in the Tate St Ives, an offshoot of the world-renowed Tate Gallery of London.


St Michael's Mount
The receding tide exposes the causeway to St. Michael’s Mount (© Blackbeck | iStockphoto.com)
very good St Michael's Mount is the little sister of Normandy's world-famous Mont Saint-Michel. It was built by the same monks in the 12th-century.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Lost Gardens of Heligan (photo by Ian Knox - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
very good The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Mevagissey
Trebah Gardens
Trebah Gardens  (photo by Christopher Hill - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
very good Trebah Gardens in Falmouth

St Mawes Castle
St Mawes Castle (photo by Ulli1105 - Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license)
good St Mawes Castle
Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle (photo by Lynda Poulter - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
good Tintagel Castle (ruins)
Truro
Lower Lemon Street, Truro (photo by Simon Lewis - Creative Commons Licence)
good Truro is a pleasant stone village that developed on the tin-mining industry. It is home to the Royal Cornwall Museum, the largest museum in Cornwall.

Other attractions

very good Trebah Gardens, Falmouth

Devon

Plymouth
Mayflower at Plymouth Harbour (© Richard Anderson | iStockphoto.com)
very good Plymouth
Torquay, Paignton & Brixham
Replica of Francis Drake's Golden Hind ship, Brixham (© PeskyMonkey | iStockphoto.com)
very good Torquay, Paignton & Brixham
Exeter
Exeter Cathedral (photo by Rüdiger Wölk - Creative Commons Licence)
good Exeter

Other attractions

 good Berry Pomeroy Castle (ruins)
must-see Dartmoor National Park
outstanding Exmoor National Park
very good RHS Rosemoor Gardens

Dorset

Athelhampton House
Athelhampton House (© Eupedia.com)
very good Athelhampton House
Bournemouth
Seaside at Bournemouth (© Eupedia.com)
very good Bournemouth
Kingston Lacy House
Kingston Lacy House (photo by LordHarris - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
very good Kingston Lacy House & Garden

Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis Harbour (© Terry Lawrence | iStockphoto.com)
very good Lyme Regis
Weymouth
Aerial view of Chesil Beach, Castletown and Portland Harbour, Weymouth (© Hayden Bird | iStockphoto.com)
very good Weymouth
Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle (© Blackbeck | iStockphoto.com)
good Corfe Castle

Other attractions

good Abbotsbury Swannery & Subtropical Gardens
very good Compton Acres, Poole

Gloucestershire

Berkeley Castle
Berkeley Castle (photo by Philip Halling - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)
outstanding Berkeley Castle
Gloucester
Bell tower, Gloucester Cathedral (© rachel dewis | iStockphoto.com)
good Renowned for its Gothic cathedral, which cloister featured in the Harry Potter films, Gloucester makes a good base for exploring the Forest of Dean, the Cotswolds, and the Malvern Hills.
Cheltenham
Cheltenham
good Cheltenham is a Georgian spa town at the entrance of the Cotswolds. Most visitors come for the Hunt Festival in March or the Music & Cricket Festival in July.

Hidcote Manor Garden
Hidcote Manor Garden (photo by Pradeep Sanders - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
very good Hidcote Manor Garden
Sudeley Castle
Sudeley Castle (photo by Gordon Robertson - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)
very good Sudeley Castle
Westonbirt Arboretum
Westonbirt Arboretum
very good The National Arboretum, Westonbirt

Other attractions

good Chedworth Roman Villa
very good Slimbridge Wetland Centre
good Snowshill Manor and Garden

Somerset

Bath
Cathedral & Roman Baths, Bath (© Eupedia.com)
must-see Bath
Bristol
Bristol (© Eupedia.com)
outstanding Bristol
Cheddar Caves & Gorge
Cheddar Gorge (© veneratio - Fotolia.com)
outstanding Cheddar Caves & Gorge

Glastonbury
Glastonbury Tor (© Blackbeck | iStockphoto.com)
very good Glastonbury
Hestercombe House & Gardens
Hestercombe House & Gardens (photo by Grahamec - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
very good Hestercombe House & Gardens
Wells
Bishop's Eye and Pennyless Porch, Wells (photo by Josep Renalias - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence)
very good Wells

Wiltshire

Bowood House & Gardens
Bowood House (photo by Paul Buckingham -  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
outstanding Bowood House & Gardens
Longleat House & Safari Park
Longleat House (© Matthew Collingwood | Bigstock.com)
outstanding Longleat House & Safari Park
Salisbury
Salisbury Cathedral
outstanding The largest town in Wiltshire, Salisbury has a rich history going back to Celtic times. Its 53m-high cathedral is the tallest in the UK and one of its finest.

Stourhead House & Garden
Stourhead Gardens (© Eupedia.com)
outstanding Stourhead House & Garden
Wilton House
Wilton House (© Eupedia.com)
outstanding Wilton House
Corsham Court
Corsham Court (photo by Rodhullandemu - Creative Commons Licence)
very good Corsham Court

Lacock Abbey
Lacock Abbey (photo by Neosnaps - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)
very good Lacock Abbey
Longford Castle
Longford Castle (photo by Peter - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)
very good Longford Castle
Stonehenge
Stonehenge (© fotoVoyager | iStockphoto.com)
very good Stonehenge

Avebury Stone Circles
Avebury Stone Circles (© Gail Johnson - Fotolia.com)
good Avebury Stone Circles
Old Sarum
Old Sarum (photo by Aurelius99 - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
good Old Sarum
Old Wardour Castle
Old Wardour Castle (photo by Mike Searle - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
good Old Wardour Castle

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