Days Out in the South West

Tintagel Castle

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.

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Places to visit : South West

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 sheltered beach.

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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

Stonehenge: Up Close
Venue: Stonehenge, Wiltshire
Date: Mon 9 Mar

Gain a rare and fascinating insight into the famous World Heritage Site with an exclusive tour around the site led by one of English Heritage's experts.

Pirates Ahoy!
Venue: Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
Date: Mon 30 Mar - Fri 03 Apr 2015

Dust off your cutlass, get set for fearsome tales of dastardly deeds and discover Pendennis’ pirating past as you join us for fun and games around the castle. You'd better be good or you might end up walking the plank!

Easter Adventure Quest
Venue: Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
Date: Fri 03 - Mon 06 Apr 2015

Adventurers wanted! You'll meet a royal character from the past with stories of times gone by. This lively figure will be happy to help you on your quest as you explore Tintagel and crack the clues. Rise to the challenge and win your chocolate reward.

Easter Adventure Quest
Venue: Old Sarum, Wiltshire
Date: Fri 3 - Mon 6 Apr 2015

Adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! You'll meet a Roman figure with stories of times gone by. This lively character will help you on your quest as you explore Old Sarum to win your chocolate reward. It's time to get hands-on with history.

Tudor Castle Capers
Venue: Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
Date: Mon 06 - Fri 10 Apr 2015

Step back in time over 400 years and imagine life in Henry VIII’s mighty coastal fortress. See if you have what it takes to defend the castle in have-a-go battle drills and be spellbound by stories of days gone by. A hands-on day out for the whole family.

Siege!
Venue: Old Sarum, Wiltshire
Date: Sun 3 & Mon 4 May 2015

Old Sarum is under siege! Experience a medieval siege in the castle grounds and witness the forces prepare for battle. Expect living history encampments, fun and games for young time travellers and an awe-inspiring showdown the whole family will enjoy.

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