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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

Grand Medieval Joust
Venue: Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
Date: Tue 29 & Wed 30 Jul 2014

See sparks fly as magnificent knights on horseback clash at medieval England’s greatest event. Laugh at the naughty jester and soak up the sights and sounds of medieval encampments. Budding young knights can test their bravery in our training school too.

Fighting Knights
Venue: Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
Date: Tue 29 - Thu 31 Jul 2014

Journey back to medieval times, hear weapons clash and watch brave knights as they take up arms. Prove your worth as a warrior as you don your armour and try out your combat skills.

Pirates Invade!
Venue: Dartmouth Castle, Devon
Date: Mon 4 & Tue 5 Aug 2014

Arr me hearties! The castle is under attack from a fearsome bunch of pirates from the famous ship La Grand Derriere. Hear the bang of muskets and see history brought to life.

Grand Medieval Joust
Venue: Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
Date: Tue 5 & Wed 6 Aug 2014

See sparks fly as magnificent knights on horseback clash at Medieval England’s greatest event. Laugh at the naughty jester and soak up the sights and sounds of medieval encampments. Budding young knights can test their bravery in our training school too.

Tales of King Arthur
Venue: Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
Date: Tue 05 - Thu 07 Aug 2014

Let Merlin and King Arthur take you on a magical journey back to the days of old when knights did battle and ladies swooned. Be enchanted as they spin tales of magic, mystery and adventure.

Heroes and Villains
Venue: Old Sarum, Wiltshire
Date: Wed 06 & Thu 07 Aug 2014

Could you be a fearsome outlaw? Your training starts here! Take up your bow and arrow, be amazed by the myths and legends surrounding our favourite rogues and plan your own ambush.

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