Top attractions in South West England
Our most recommended things to do in South West England
1. Stonehenge Admission Ticket
Stonehenge is perhaps the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. It was built in several stages, beginning as a simple earthwork enclosure. The unique linteled stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period, around 2500 B.C. Your timed admission ticket gives you access to a site that has continued to attract interest for centuries. Today Stonehenge, Avebury, and other associated locations comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring a unique and dense concentration of prehistoric monuments. Stonehenge has been the subject of speculation and fascination since at least the early medieval period. How did Neolithic people construct this masterpiece of engineering using only the simple tools and technologies available to them? Hundreds of prehistoric objects from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site are on display in the visitor center. One of the new features at Stoneheng...
The walk to the stones is lovely and well worth taking but I had a frail companion who ,whilst she loved the walk , could have done with a chair to rest half way but apparently it is national trust land not land belonging to English heritage ! There was a drone circling the stones making a ghastly humming noise . We asked the guards if they could remove it and they said it was beyond their control as the drone was being operated by someone off site . This is a shame as it slightly spoiled the atmosphere .
2. From Poole to Swanage: 2-Hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise
Begin your trip at Poole Harbour and board an open deck boat fitted with seating and comfortable saloons. From here, you will be taken on a journey through 185 million years of history along the Jurassic Coastline. On your cruise pass a number of Dorset's most famous landmarks like the golden beaches of Sandbanks, Brownsea Island, and the Old Harry Rocks, named after a notorious pirate. Enjoy expert commentary from your captains as you glide by. Once reaching Swanage, head back towards Poole and capture the perfect picture of the famous chalk formations from the boat's outer deck.
Extremely good value for money with beautiful scenery and interesting facts given by the Skipper. Definitely go again!!!
3. Bath: The Jane Austen Centre Ticket
Discover a permanent exhibition that tells the story of Bath's most famous resident, the author Jane Austen, at the Jane Austen Center. Explore the effect that living in the Georgian city had on her life and writing. Costumed guides will take you through the exhibition and be on hand to satisfy your quest for knowledge of all things Austen. Taste some period-recipe food, dress up in Regency costume, and have your photo taken with the world famous Jane Austen waxwork. There is a delightful gift shop on the ground floor, which sells unique items bespoke to the Jane Austen Centre, and a delicious Regency Tea Room on the 2nd floor, which offers 17 varieties of leafed tea to go with locally baked cakes. The guided tour runs every 30-minutes.
The guide that gave the talk was friendly, well informed and funny but all of the staff seemed to be friendly and were helpful in directing people to other places connected with Jane Austen. Would recommend to anyone interested in Jane Austen
4. Bath: 25-Minute City Boat Trip to Pulteney Bridge
Come aboard a short cruise down the River Avon, passing all the best sights and taking some time to relax along the way. On sunny days, the cockpit roof will be open to the sun, and on cooler days, the coal fire will keep the saloon toasty warm. As you glide through the water in an authentic and lovingly-restored 1960's cruiser, your skipper will point out key attractions. Pass the entrance to the Kennet and Avon Canal, which links London with the Bristol Channel, and cruise under the North Parade Bridge. Look out for nesting peregrine falcons at the 19th-century St. John's Church. Marvel at views of Pulteney Bridge, the rushing dam, and the architecture of the city center, including 17th-century Bath Abbey. There, the cruiser will pause to allow time to take in the view. From Pulteney Bridge, you'll then turn and head back downriver. Pass under the Halfpenny Bridge and see the spot wh...
Short but enjoyable trip up the river to the weir and back. Not expensive and a pleasant way to pass half an hour.
5. Bristol: Tootbus Bristol Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Explore the diverse and artistic city of Bristol on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Discover its theatres, museums and street art with commentary. Visit one of the most important historical ships in the world, Brunel’s SS Great Britain, or sample one of the great restaurants at Bristol’s harborside and soak up the atmosphere. Have a chance to hop off and visit Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Cathedral, Bristol Hippodrome, and more.
Good tour of the City and a great way to get your bearings. Good value as your ticket last for 48hours but audio guide could be a bit more informative.
6. Bath: Sightseeing Boat Cruise with Prosecco
On sunny days, enjoy an open cockpit roof on the boat and on cooler days, stay cozy and warm with a real coal fire. As you enjoy your trip in this authentic and lovingly restored 1960s small cruiser, your skipper will point out the key attractions. See the entrance to the Kennet and Avon Canal, which links London with the Bristol Channel, and cruise under North Parade Bridge. Look out for nesting peregrine falcons at the 19th-century St. John’s Church, and marvel at the views of Pulteney Bridge, the rushing weir, and the city center architecture, including the 17th-century Bath Abbey. Enjoy your view with 2 glasses of Prosecco while you pass under Halfpenny Bridge and see the location where the old wharves used to stand, the central point of Bath’s trading links with Bristol since the 18th century.
Lovely relaxing boat trip with 2 glasses of Prosecco. Very friendly informative guide. Would recommend.
7. Bath: City Walking Tour with optional Roman Baths Entry
Begin your tour in the morning or afternoon at Bath Abbey in the city center. Meet your guide and kick-off by visiting a selection of highlights including Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey. Then proceed to the Roman Baths, where your guide will lead you around to see the fascinating items and legacies left in Bath by the Romans during their occupation of the area. Witness the miraculous phenomenon of Bath's hot geothermal springs. Then take in the enchanting Georgian architecture of this unique city. From the magnificent Royal Crescent to the mysterious Circus, you will see the best of the pomp and luxury of the 18th-century. Walk from the central Pump Rooms to the lavish Upper Assembly Rooms and finally arrive at the sumptuous Royal Crescent and the mysterious Circus. Bath offers a stunning variety of breathtaking architectural gems. The tour has been specially devised to show you the ...
Good basic tour, seeing the main sights, if you are looking for anything deeper historically, this is not for you, but good tour in its limited way
8. City Sightseeing Bath: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
2 routes - 1 ticket! City Sightseeing Bath Open Top Bus Tour - 'The Queen of English Cities': Bath is a fine Roman and Georgian City full of beautiful buildings. The City Tour takes you to the Roman Baths, the Pump Room, the abbey where England's first King was crowned, and the Assembly Rooms. The Skyline route provides you with the chance to enjoy the countryside and take in the breathtaking views across Bath. Tour routes: City Tour 1. High Street 2. Grand Parade 3. Manvers Street 4. Green Park Road 5. Corn Street 6. Westgate Buildings 7. Queen Square 8. Assembly Rooms 9. Brock Street/ Royal Crescent 10. Marlborough Buildings 11. Weston Road 12. Upper Bristol Road 13. Upper Bristol Road 14. Royal Avenue 15. Milsom Street 16. Terrace Walk Skyline Tour 1. Dorchester Street 2. Terrace Walk 3. North Parade 4. Great Pultney Street 5. Holburne Museum 6. Beckford Road 7. ...
Excellent tour however the headphone quality was intermittent and seating very cramped.
9. Bath: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Blue Badge Tourist Guide
Be introduced to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath on this 1.5-hour guided walking tour. Your expert guide will explain the history, architecture, and some of the many stories that have made Bath such a fantastic place to visit. During the tour see the iconic sights of Bath including the Royal Crescent, The Circus, Queen Square, Pulteney Bridge, and Bath Abbey. Wander through the city as your guide brings the history, architecture, and the people of Bath to life through a lively and enjoyable commentary at each of the stops around the city. Ask them lots of questions and maybe even test the edges of their knowledge. Get insider knowledge on the best times to revisit certain sights.
Terrific. Andy the guide was very well informed and kept us on our toes the whole time. S.& M.
10. London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath Full-Day Tour
This full-day tour is a must-do excursion for all visitors to London. Get to see the famous Windsor Castle, the mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge and the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Transport and guided tours at all locations are included.
Start at Windsor Castle, home to the Royal Family for 900 years. It is still an Official Residence of the Queen. Visit the magnificent State Apartments, still used for state occasions and Royal receptions.
Explore the castle grounds and the 14th-Century St. George's Chapel, one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England and a burial place of kings and queens, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour.
Continue through the Wiltshire countryside to Stonehenge. Shrouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Stonehe...
Very comfortable bus with good driver.Very friendly and also helpful guide.I found out a lot new for me historical facts and discovered new places.
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What people are saying about South West England
We were fortunate enough to have Jamie as our guide and he was a fund of amusing anecdotes and historical facts. We all thoroughly enjoyed our walk and the 90 minutes went in a flash.
Wonderful The guide Bruce was so nice and explained very well Really knows how to manage a group , knowledgeable and funny I had a great experience Thank you
It was very nice, only there was no wifi on the coach, but otherwise the provided bus was very comfortable, plus our guide and drive were very nice.
Really relaxed trip with excellent well presented commentary and just the right length of time at 2 hours so glad we decided to go
A lovely little trip. The guides were very informative and friendly , telling us a lot of the history of the river.