The Top Attractions in the South West You Can’t Miss
The South West is a vast region that’s celebrated for its natural beauty. This is a great place to spend some time if you love exploring rugged landscapes, but there’s much more to do besides this. From days at the seaside and hikes through vast national parks, to sightings of royal charters and visits to Gloucester Cathedral, South West England attractions are as interesting and diverse as you could hope for. Here we’ve highlighted five of our top attractions in the South West to tick off your bucket list, whether you’re visiting the area or are proud to call it home.
1. St Ives beaches
There’s a good chance you know St Ives is a beautiful seaside town in Cornwall. But did you know there are actually a whole host of beaches to visit in St Ives? In a part of the country famous for its stunning stretches of golden sands, this particular area takes some beating. Porthgwidden Beach and Porthminster Beach are two of the best, while the views from Clodgy Point are breathtaking come rain or shine. And if you’ve had enough of relaxing in the sun, swimming in the sea, surfing and building sandcastles, you can also visit the Tate St Ives art gallery for a change of pace.
2. Dartmoor National Park
Stretching out across almost 400 miles of spectacular Devon countryside, Dartmoor is a vast and beautiful national park. From moorlands and atmospheric forests to winding rivers, rolling wetlands and interesting rock formations, the park is littered with Neolithic tombs, Bronze Age stone circles and historic uninhabited medieval farmhouses – not to mention quaint villages where you can stop for a drink or bite to eat. Dartmoor is undoubtedly best explored on foot or bike, as you take in the scenery and look out for the famous ponies which roam free across the park.
If you’re searching for historic attractions South West city Bath is a must-visit. A place that offers so much to see and do, the iconic Roman Baths are undoubtedly one of the highlights. Go for a relaxing dip at Thermae Bath Spa, check out some of the local museums and heritage buildings, including Bath Abbey, before ending the day with a relaxing stroll through Royal Victoria Park. Bath is the UK’s only city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with good reason.
Speaking of historic attractions, they don’t get much more legendary than Stonehenge. The Neolithic monument is shrouded in mystery and intrigue, which you can start to unpick when you visit this enigmatic site just north of Salisbury. You could also combine your trip with a visit into the nearby town, where you can view the Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral.
5. Clifton Suspension Bridge
The Clifton Suspension Bridge was originally designed by engineering giant Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who died five years before it opened in 1864. The bridge spans the River Avon as it scythes its way through the Avon Gorge, running for more than 400m and reaching a height of more than 100m above the water. It’s an impressive sight on its own, but the scenery it’s set into is rather lovely too.
Whether you want to live close to Dartmoor on our new Treledan development, or on our Hunters Wood site not far from Bath, we’ve got a wonderful selection of new build homes for sale across the South West. You can get in touch with us today to discuss your move, so don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or contact us online.