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.

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Places to visit in the South West

  • Tintagel Castle: Dramatic birthplace of the legend of King Arthur. 
  • 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.

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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 with its 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

Soldiers and Spies Academy
Venue: Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
Date: Mon 14 - Good Friday Fri 18 Apr 2014

Pendennis needs you! Join the Castle Guard for a packed day of action and espionage. Tackle the obstacle course, become a code breaker and be put through your paces by the Drill Sergeant.

Easter Adventure Quest
Venue: Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
Date: Good Friday 18 - Easter Monday 21 Apr 2014

Adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! Join our quest, meet characters from the past and crack the clues as you explore Tintagel Castle. Rise to the challenge and you’ll reap a chocolate reward. It's time to get hands-on with history.

Romans Invade!
Venue: Old Sarum, Wiltshire
Date: Sun 04 and Early May Bank Holiday Mon 05 May 2014

Witness the might of the Roman Army as it invades Old Sarum Castle! Tremble in the face of the formidable Ermine Street Guard and their fearsome siege machines. Budding young Centurions can hone their skills in a series of drills and games.

Under Enemy Control!
Venue: Dartmouth Castle, Devon
Date: Sun 25 & Spring Bank Holiday Mon 26 May 2014

Learn how to load and fire a musket, watch military drills, experience and witness daily life under siege to see how the Garrison prepare for the threat of attack.

Knights Tournament
Venue: Old Sarum, Wiltshire
Date: Sun 25 & Spring Bank Holiday Mon 26 May 2014

It is the 15th century and pride is at stake. It’s every man for himself in the ultimate skill-at-arms tournament. With bow, sword and club, four of the best knights duel before the crowds – but only one will emerge victorious.

Fighting Knights
Venue: Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
Date: Wed 28 - Thur 29 May 2014

Hear weapons clash and feel the heat of battle as we journey back to days of old. Watch brave knights do battle and prove your worth as a warrior as you don your armour and try out your combat skills.

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