The sout-west of England has many delights to offer, from beautiful beaches and rolling countryside to coastal villages and vibrant cities. A lot of the time, it also benefits from better weather. If you’re looking to take a trip somewhere different, for a day, a weekend or longer, then south-west England is the place to go.
The county of Devon has something for everyone. In Exeter you’ll find superb shopping, fine dining and attractions including Exeter Underground Passages – medieval tunnels that stretch under the city’s streets. Along the coastline you’ll find golden beaches which are a haven for surfers and other water-sports enthusiasts. Further inland, you can explore quaint villages and drive along small country lanes which are lined by flourishing hedgerows and vast fields.
In the most remote south-west corner of England you will find Cornwall, and to the end lies the aptly-named Landsend. Cornwall is famous for its pasties so make sure you don’t miss out on an authentic Cornish pasty, which is guaranteed to beat any you’ve had previously. Also be sure to enjoy a Cornish cream tea in a pretty town like St Ives, sample the surf at world-famous hotspots including Fistral Beach in Newquay, and see spectacular ancient monuments including The Hurlers Stone Circle on Minions Moor.
The county of Somerset is home to two main cities, Bath and Wells. Bath has become a major centre for tourism thanks to its variety of museums, theatres and cultural and sporting venues, so there is plenty to do, should you decide to visit. With an exceptional countryside to admire such as the Mendip Hills, Exmoor National Park and large, open expanses of land such as the Somerset Levels, Somerset is perfect if you wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The last county making up the south-west corner of England is Dorset. With seaside towns like Weymouth and less famous gems including the Isle of Portland, there are so many things to see and do it’s difficult to know where to start. Gold Hill, made famous by pretty picture postcards, is a great place to take some photos that you’ll treasure forever. Wareham Quay is home to attractive waterside pubs where you can refresh yourself with some great food and drink. Durdle Door is a spectacular coastal rock formation that is equally as stunning in winter as it is in summer.
Wherever you choose to go, the most convenient way to get to the South of England is probably by train. If you book in advance online, you can get great deals on cheap train tickets – so you can travel for less, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a reserved seat. If you want that little extra comfort, then opt for First Class train tickets, so you can benefit from larger, reclining seats, more table space and a calm environment.
Travelling by train also allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the view as you speed through the countryside. So your journey to the south can be as enjoyable as the visit itself.
After the south-west, try a tour of the north-west of England for its music.