Days Out in the South West

Tintagel Castle

From cliff-top castle walks to delicious seasonal tearoom treats, the South West is packed with great days out for the whole family. Discover iconic Stonehenge, the myths and legends of Tintagel Castle, or one of the most picturesquely sited forts in England - Dartmouth Castle.

We have now switched to our winter opening hours, meaning that while many properties are open at weekends and are running events for all, there may be restricted access during the week. Please check opening times before travelling.

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Places to visit in the South West

  • Tintagel Castle: Castle ruins on the dramatic north coast of Cornwall. 
  • Dartmouth Castle: Guarding the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary.
  • Stonehenge: Discover the mystery of this great stone circle.
  • Old Sarum: Over 1,000 years of history at this prehistoric fortress.
  • Isles of Scilly: Archaeological riches both above and below sea level.

Featured Events

Our pick of things to do in the South West this season:

  • Join in with our spooky activities and creepy crafts at Pendennis Castle.
  • Let your little horrors scare themselves silly at Portland Castle.
  • Are you brave enough for our eerie evening tour around Pendennis Castle?
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Pendennis Castle
Pendennis Castle

Cornwall

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth is one of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII. It has seen action in many conflicts and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall during the English Civil War.

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Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle

Cornwall

Tintagel Castle is a magical day out in a wonderful location, set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast. It offers dramatic views, fascinating ruins and a stunning beach café.

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Dartmouth Castle
Dartmouth Castle

Devon

Beautifully located fortresses on the edge of the river. For over 600 years Dartmouth Castle has guarded the Dart Estuary and the busy, vibrant port of Dartmouth.

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Old Sarum
Old Sarum

Wiltshire

Site of the original Salisbury, this mighty Iron Age hill fort was where the first cathedral once stood and the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark during 5000 years of history.

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Stonehenge
Stonehenge

Wiltshire

Visit Stonehenge! Sun worship temple? Healing centre? Huge calendar? How did they carry the great stones so far and build this amazing structure using only basic tools?

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Old Wardour Castle
Old Wardour Castle

Wiltshire

Set in landscaped grounds beside a lake in peaceful Wiltshire countryside, these 14th century ruins provide a relaxed, romantic day out for couples, families and budding historians alike.

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Events : South West

Spooky Tours
Venue: Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
Date: Thu 30 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014

Especially for Halloween, join our eerie evening tour around Pendennis Castle. Hear tales of dark deeds, ghostly apparitions and scary happenings. Adult and childrens' tours.

Spooky Halloween Tours
Venue: Old Wardour Castle, Wiltshire
Date: Fri 31 Oct & Sat 1 Nov 2014

Experience the eerie night-time surroundings of this haunted castle and travel back to a time when gruesome goings-on were commonplace.

Fungi Forage and Nature Walk
Venue: Old Wardour Castle, Wiltshire
Date: Sun 2 Nov 2014

Enjoy an autumnal walk in the beautiful grounds of Old Wardour Castle. Led by our expert, discover the diverse fauna and flora and learn more about the plants that live in this wonderful environment.

On the Trail of Hailes Abbey
Venue: Hailes Abbey, Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire
Date: Thu 6 Nov

Starting the day with an introduction to Hailes Abbey we will then explore the surrounding areas on this circular walk. We will visit Hailes, Didbrook and Stanway Churches which contain relics from the Abbey's past.

Soldiers at Stonehenge
Venue: Stonehenge, Wiltshire
Date: Tue 11 Nov

Join us for an insight in to the First World War exhibition at Stonehenge with guest Curator and Historian Simon Jones.

Making Musical Instruments
Venue: Stonehenge, Wiltshire
Date: 15th - 16th November

See Corwen Broch as he creates instruments from natural materials and demonstrates the sounds of the Neolithic period.

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