South West England Tourist Information & Visitor Guide

recommended places to visit and explore throughout South West England


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beautiful spa town with elegant Georgian terraces, ancient Roman baths and historic abbey, aswell as wide choice of restaurants and speciality shops

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large Devon seaside resort with iconic palm trees, busy harbour and international marina

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picturesque harbour town, the centre of Cornwall's pre-war art scene, now home to a branch of the Tate Museum

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Britain's surfing capital with excellent sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs, restaurants, shops and lively nightlife

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major city with extensive maritime and industrial heritage, city centre harbour now revitalised with museums, restaurants and shops

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on one of the world's deepest natural harbours, with major maritime museum, choice of beaches and numerous bars and restaurants

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quaint fishing village which is now a popular seaside resort with chalk cliffs instead of the surrounding deep red cliffs and lush countryside

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seaside resort with seven miles of sandy beaches, entertainment, award-winning gardens and plenty of water sports

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quieter than some of the other nearby resorts and offering both sand and pebble beaches with many fine, period buildings and a thatched museum

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the old docks have now been converted to a smart marina with superb views. There are excellent beaches with rock pools to explore at half tide

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seaside resort on the dramatic North Devon coast with towering cliffs and tiny beaches; fine selection of accommodation, shops and restaurants

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popular, picturesque town on large natural harbour, with speciality shops, pubs and restaurants

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offering a rare combination of seascapes, golden beaches, crystal clear sea and quiet, green corners inland

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former fishing port, now a cosmopolitan seaside resort, made famous by chef Rick Stein, offering some of the country's best seafood restaurants

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popular Torbay seaside town with extensive beach and easy access to Torquay, Brixham or Dartmoor

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traditional seaside resort on South Devon coast, retaining its genteel character and easy access to local attractions and the Jurassic Coast

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small, picturesque town on the west bank of the Dart estuary, with wide choice of shops, pubs and restaurants

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historic seaport, close to Lands End and overlooking Mounts Bay, with wide choice of accommodation, shops and restaurants

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visit the ornate 13th-century cathedral, Mompesson House, an 18th century mansion and Arundells, home to Ted Heath, Prime Minister. Just a short drive to Stonehenge and Amesbury and all set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Cornwall's busy, commercial, capital city is centred around the 19th century cathedral. Numerous shops offer a wide variety of quality goods

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