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

Prehistoric Pottery
Venue: Stonehenge, Wiltshire
Date: 20th to 21st December

Graham Taylor shows us how to make your own pottery tool kit, decorate replica pots as well as explaining how to fire them using authentic prehistoric methods.

Stonehenge: Up Close
Venue: Stonehenge, Wiltshire
Date: Thu 15 Jan

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

Heaven & Earth Tours
Venue: Stonehenge, Wiltshire
Date: 24th January 2015

Special evening bookable tour learning about the stars and planetary movements and how early man may have utilised them.

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

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

Pirates and Smugglers
Venue: Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
Date: Mon 16 - Fri 20 Feb 2015

Fearsome tales of dastardley deeds and seafaring shenanigans.

The Secrets of Avebury and Silbury Hill
Venue: Avebury, Wiltshire, Wiltshire
Date: Wed 18 Feb

Join David Field and Jim Leary, authors and archaeologists who will guide you around as you discover the secrets of the historic sites of Avebury stones and Silbury Hill.

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