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There are thousands of incredible places to visit in the UK and Ireland

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Great for British

Agatha Christie Mile

South West England

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The famous crime writer Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and the Agatha Christie Mile takes in 10 landmarks associated with her, while being also giving you some excellent views as you walk.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Alum Chine

South West England

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Alum Chine offers shaded paths; the popular Treasure Island themed children's play area, paddling pool, tropical garden, magnificent sea views and a blue-flag award-winning beach below.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

At-Bristol Science Centre

South West England

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At – Bristol is great fun for kids and adults alike. You can learn all about science in our world, visit the curiosity zone, understand about flight, visit a planetarium and become an animator for the day and see the latest 'Wallace and Gromit exhibition.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Avebury Stone Circle

South West England

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Avebury, 20 miles north of Stonehenge, provides a more intimate experience with history going back as far as 2850 BC. While Stonehenge can get a bit crowded, Avebury gives the opportunity to walk among the huge circle of stones. The beautiful village has a museum containing prehistoric archaeological collections. Admission to the stone circle is free.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Babbacombe

South West England

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Babbacombe offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of Torquay harbour, with an 'olde worlde' charm. You'll also find the Babbacome Historic Cliff Railway, which transports you up and down the 240ft cliff face. A short walk from Babbacombe will take you to the Victorian-style predestrianised precinct of St Marychurch.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family, British

Babbacombe Model Village

South West England

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Babbacombe Model Village is famous for its miniature landscaped gardens, and has become one of Europe's Premier Model Villages, with thousands of miniature buildings, plus railways, vehicles and even a hydroelectric dam.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for British

Barnstaple

South West England

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Barnstaple was first settled by Saxons over 1000 years ago, when the settlement was known as Barum. Today it is Devon's principal market town with a great fusion of Medieval, Victorian and Georgian architecture. The Pannier Hall has held a craft market since 1855. The unusual Butchers Row is a line of open fronted shops selling speciality foods from meat and fish to traditional clotted cream.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, Essential

Beaulieu

South West England

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Beaulieu is set in the heart of the New Forest, the UK's newest National Park. Beaulieu is home to the world famous National Motor Museum – which houses many historic vehicles including the world landspeed record breaking 'Bluebird'. The estate also includes Palace House - home of the Montagu family, and historic Beaulieu Abbey.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Bournemouth Beach

South West England

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Bournemouth Beach offers 7 miles of pristine golden sand, and together with one of the best climates in Britain offer a perfect beach holiday.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Bournemouth Lower Gardens

South West England

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Bournemouth Lower Gardens is the largest rockery in Britain. First created in the 1930s, it has constantly evolved to cater for the changing tastes of it visitors. The gardens are also home to one of the largest open air art displays in Britain.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Family

Bristol Zoo Gardens

South West England

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Bristol Zoo Gardens is the 5th oldest zoo in the world and one of Britain's biggest and best. It's a wonderful day out for the whole family with animals from all over the world and a great conservation programme.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for British

Brixham

South West England

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Brixham is a busy fishing port and pretty harbour, where you can find stalls selling fresh seafood such as whelks, mussels, cockles, prawns and crabs. You can also take fishing or angling trips from here.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Brownsea Island

South West England

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Brownsea Island is a small island nature reserve located within Poole Harbour. It has a number of walking trails from which an array of British wildlife can be viewed in an idyllic setting. The island is accessible by ferry.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for British

Bucklers Hard

South West England

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Bucklers Hard is a small village set in the heart of the New Forest National Park. The Maritime Museum and Buckler's Hard Story give an insight into the history of the village, and you can enter a number of the houses in the village which show what life was like during the 18th and 19th centuries when many of the ships (including many in Lord Nelson's fleet) were being built there. You can also enjoy a trip on the river or a walk beside the riverbank which provides an opportunity to see some of its abundant wildlife.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for British

Castle Combe

South West England

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Castle Combe; north of Bath is one of the prettiest villages in England with buildings dating from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Cheddar Gorge

South West England

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Cheddar Gorge is a stunning series of limestone caverns. The caves were used for storing cheese, possibly as long ago as prehistoric times. Today you can tour the caves, or walk to explore the natural delights of the area home to Peregrine falcons, kestrels, and buzzards which nest in the gorge, and climb the 274 steps of Jacob's ladder for excellent views of the gorge.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

City Museum and Art Gallery

South West England

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The City Museum and Art Gallery has excellent collections of archaeology, geology natural history and art, all housed in a grand Edwardian baroque building.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

City of Wells

South West England

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The city of Wells - 20 miles south-west of Bath is England's smallest city. The main draws of this picturesque city are the magnificent medieval cathedral, with its wonderful astronomical clock dating from 1392, which can be heard to strike on the hour; and the moated Bishops Palace which dates back to the 13th century.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Clifton Observatory, Camera Obscura, Cave

South West England

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An iconic piece of English Heritage, this old museum offers phenomenal 360 degree views looking down on the Clifton Suspension Bridge and is one of only two working Camera Obsura's in the UK. The nearby Giant's cave is included in the visit (children under 4 not permitted) of this famous landmark.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Clifton Suspension Bridge

South West England

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Clifton is a leafy suburb of Bristol with fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture. It is the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon gorge amidst delightful rolling countryside which most come to see. Designed by Bristol's great Victorian engineer Brunel the bridge has become symbolic to Bristol and is a must do attraction . The Bridge visitor centre is also open and free to enter.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Cockington Court

South West England

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Cockington Court is a 17th century manor house, located just 1 mile from Torquay seafront. It houses craft studios where you can watch artists at work, before enjoying a delicious cream tea looking out on beautiful grounds.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Coombe Martin

South West England

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Coombe Martin is a popular seaside resort which includes the unusual 18th century 'Pack o' Cards Inn' which has 4 floors to represent the 4 suits, each with 13 rooms, making 52 rooms to represent a full pack of cards.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Corfe Castle

South West England

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Corfe Castle is both dramatic and picturesque. Built high on a hill in 1080-1105 it offers great views across Purbeck.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Sport

Cycling

South West England

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Cycling is one of the best ways to see and experience the New Forest which has over one hundred miles of sign-posted cycle routes.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Dartmoor National Park

South West England

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Dartmoor National Park offers you purple, heather clad moorland, wide open landscapes, rushing rivers and obscure stone tors, as well as picture postcard villages with narrow rambling lanes lined with thatched cottages and historic market towns.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for British

Dawlish

South West England

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Dawlish is a fascinating resort town nestled between the steep surrounding hills. There are several popular beaches here including Dawlish Warren - a wildlife haven with its own visitor centre.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Essential

Durdle Door

South West England

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The breathtaking Durdle Door is a natural arch carved out of the limestone Jurassic coastline by the sea, near to Lulworth Cove, which all form part of England's first Natural World Heritage site.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Exbury Gardens

South West England

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Exbury Gardens are a spectacular 200-acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. The gardens are ablaze with colour in spring, while the summer sees some more tranquil colours followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the autumn. There is also a narrow-gauge steam railway which goes around the gardens which is very popular with families.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Exeter City

South West England

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Exeter was the Roman headquarters for the South-West, with an attractive quayside, which reminds you of a maritime past, while playing host to a range of summer events including the annual Dragon boat race. St Peter's Cathedral, built in 1133, is a beautiful medieval cathedral with fine examples of decorated Gothic architecture.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Family

Flambards Theme Park

South West England

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Flambard's is Cornwall's largest amusement and theme park for families in the South West. It has plenty of rides, roller-coasters, shows and attractions to keep all the family busy for all day. As if that wasn't enough, the park is also home to One2Eleven, a huge soft play area for babies through to Eleven year olds and a fascinating series of museums. The museum attractions provide a 'Britain in the Blitz' experience in which visitors can walk through a simulated Blitz environment on the streets of London and a Victorian Village which is great for all ages. The park also has an aviation and World War museum which houses classic planes and a commemorative museum to the soldiers who lost their lives for their country.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History

Guided Tours

South West England

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Bath has a number of companies offering guided tours around the city though the best way to see the city is through an open top bus tour. Discounted tickets can be included in your Great British Trip
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British, Cultural

Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm

South West England

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Healey's Cornish Cider Farm south of Newquay produces over 40 varieties of delicious fruit products, including ciders, wines and jams. You can take a guided-tour of the farm and visit the museum all for free.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

South West England

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The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is located in the Georgian town-house where 18th century astronomer William Herschel lived and discovered the planet Uranus.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Hidden Valley Discovery Park

South West England

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Hidden Valley Discovery Park is a picturesque country park with miniature model railway, beautiful gardens, scenic walks, fishing lakes and the "Crystal Challenge" game.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Sports

Horse Riding

South West England

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Horse riding in The New Forest is one of the best ways to really experience its natural beauty. A number of stables offer horse riding with various durations.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Ilfracombe

South West England

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Ilfracombe has been settled since the Iron Age. The resort has been popular since the 1830s when the Victorians started to visit the area and much of the architecture today is a reminder of that era. Each year the streets are awash with colour from June to October due to the town's growing reputation for its floral displays.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

South West England

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The Lappa Valley Steam Railway near Newquay is actually three separate miniature railways running through a wonderful oasis of conservation, where wildlife thrives in a protected environment.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Family

Longleat Safari Park

South West England

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Longleat Safari Park enables you to have some close encounters with some of the world's most amazing animals as you drive through the park. A Safari Bus tour service is available for visitors who come by public transport, or who do not wish to drive round.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for British

Lundy Island

South West England

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Lundy is a unique and unspoilt island off the North Devon coast, where cars are not allowed. You can take a day trip there by ferry and view the fascinating array of wildlife including deer, seals, ponies, dolphins and rare birds. As well as walking, climbing and birdwatching on land there are water-based options including fishing, diving and snorkelling. There's even a 13th-century castle close to the island's small village.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for British

Lynton and Lynmouth

South West England

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Lynton is a bright airy Victorian village with a selection of shops, tearooms and cafés, while Lynmouth, 500ft below, is the pretty harbour that nestles quietly beneath the cliffs where you can wander through the quaint fishing cottages that tumble down the street towards the quay and the distinctive Rhenish Tower. You can take the Cliff Railway (the most popular attraction in the area) which opened in 1890 taking passengers between the two places.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Mompesson House

South West England

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Nearby the cathedral, across the Cathedral Close is Mompesson house, featured in the award-winning Holywood movie 'Sense and Sensibility'. Visitors can step back in time as they enter this perfectly proportioned Queen Anne house. The tranquil atmosphere is enhanced by the magnificent plasterwork, fine period furniture and graceful oak staircase.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Mousehole

South West England

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Mousehole (pronounced 'mouzall') is a typical Cornish village, once famed for its pilchard fishing. Cottages are clustered together above the high-walled harbour.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for British

Newquay

South West England

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Newquay is the surfing capital of Great Britain. Its golden beaches and more importantly its plentiful supply of quality waves draw surfers here each year. The town offers party-goers a fine selection of pubs and clubs. There's plenty for the family too, with lots of exciting activities from adventure parks, to aquariums and zoos to fun in the sea or plain old sandcastle making on the beach.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

Oakham Treasures

South West England

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Oakham Treasures near Portbury is one of the largest privately owned museums of retail and farming history in Britain. The vast collection of memorabilia from the last century includes vintage tractors and thousands of items displayed in the historic sweet shop, grocery store and chemist to help you on your nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Old Sarum

South West England

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Old Sarum was a huge Iron Age fort re-used by the Romans, Saxons and Normans before becoming a flourishing medieval settlement, which was the original site of Salisbury. You can see ruins of a castle, cathedral and Royal palace as well as enjoying views of the surrounding countryside.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Padstow

South West England

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Padstow's colourful working harbour is surrounded by pastel-washed medieval houses. You can stop off at one of the high-quality restaurants or enjoy mooching through the boutiques in the town.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for British

Polperro

South West England

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Polperro lies at the end of a steep narrow valley. Tiny houses and enchanting narrow lanes cling to the steep hillsides surrounding the picture-perfect harbour.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for British

Poole

South West England

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Poole like its neighbour Bournemouth has some great blue-flag standard beaches. It also has the second largest natural harbour in the world, used by the Romans on their initial invasion of southern England. The town boasts some attractive historic buildings, including the Customs house and the Town cellars, a medieval warehouse.
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Great for British

Port Isaac

South West England

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Port Isaac is a small Cornish fishing town which is ideally located in a small bay. The town has been made famous as the filming location of Tv's 'Doc Martin' and has also played host to a number of Hollywood movies. The town holds on to ancient tradition and its picture postcard views are simply delightful.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Beauty

Prior Park Gardens

South West England

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Prior Park Gardens on the outskirts of Bath, has one of only four Palladian bridges of this type in the world. The garden is set in a sweeping valley where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Bath. You can take a 6-mile walk through beautiful woodlands, meadows and an iron-age fort.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, History

Roman Baths

South West England

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A visit to The Roman Baths gives you a fascinating insight into Roman times 2000 years ago. Walk amongst the ruins with an audio guide, enjoy a public guided tour (every hour) and discover hundreds of archeological finds in the museum. Don't forget to take a sip of the spa water in the Pump Room!
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Arts

Royal Cornwall Museum

South West England

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The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro has some fine and decorative art collections by Cornish artists, designers and makers but also contain significant works by nationally and internationally important artists from other parts of the world.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Essential, History

Salisbury Cathedral

South West England

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Salisbury Cathedral has been called England's most perfect Cathedral. Set within eight acres of lawn, the 13th century cathedral has England's tallest spire, which can be climbed. The cathedral also offers hidden artworks, including the best preserved original Magna Carta. The cathedral was the inspiration and filming location for the bestseller and TV drama Ken Follett's 'Pillars of the earth'.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Family

Sightseeing Bus

South West England

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A hop-on hop-off bus will give you a tour of the forest stopping at all the main locations.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

South Devon Steam Railway

South West England

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The South Devon Steam Railway is a 7-mile train line built in the late 19th in century in Buckfastleigh, which passes through some of Devon's most beautiful countryside. Down the line you'll discover sleepy Staverton, where time really has stood still, and on to historic Totnes.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

SS Great Britain

South West England

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The SS Great Britain was the world's first ocean going propeller driven iron ship. Brunel's historic vessel, restored to her former glory, can be seen in the dockyard where she was built back in 1843.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

St Ives

South West England

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St Ives is famed for its world-class beaches, but there's more to the town than just this. Narrow alleyways and cobbled lanes, amidst the tightly packed granite cottages and houses eventually bring you out into a harbour which was once a major fishing centre in medieval times, while the locally mined tin was also exported from here. The construction of the railways towards the end of the 19th century brought tourists to the region and also included a number of artists who wanted to paint the beautiful scenes they saw, so art has shaped much of the culture in St. Ives, which has a number of galleries, as well as craft shops. In nearby Penzance, there are a number of interesting buildings such as the exotic Egyptian House formed from two 1830s cottages on Chapel Street.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for British

St Michael's Mount

South West England

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St Michael's Mount is an iconic island which rises gracefully to the church and castle at its summit. The island is accessed on foot at low tide across a causeway or at other times it is reached by a short boat trip. The oldest surviving buildings date from the 12th century, when a Benedictine priory was founded here.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Essential, History

Stonehenge

South West England

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Stonehenge is Britain's most iconic archaeological site and is also one of Britain's greatest mysteries. Despite a number of theories nobody really knows why the Pre-historic Britons built it some 5000 years ago. Stonehenge is understandably one of our most popular destinations and can be visited easily from Salisbury, Bath or London.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Swanage Steam Railway

South West England

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Swanage Steam Railway runs for 6 miles between Swanage and Herstonthrough, and goes through some picture-perfect Dorset scenery with stunning views of Corfe Castle and reminders of the bygone era of steam.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Arts

The Arnolfini Arts Centre

South West England

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The Arnolfini Arts Centre is one of Europe's leading contemporary Arts Centre's. It has 5 exhibition spaces and continually hosts all forms of art, dance, media and music in this free to enter centre.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, Beauty

The Eden Project

South West England

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The Eden Project is a spectacular global garden made up of a series of gigantic domes called 'biomes' in which the environments of the world's major climate zones are re-created, with exotic plants and trees.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Christian

The New Room

South West England

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The New Room is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world (originally built in 1739 by John Wesley) and used by the early Methodists as a meeting place and the centre for helping and educating the needy members of the community.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Essential, History

The Royal Crescent

South West England

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The Royal Crescent is perhaps Bath's most well-known landmark – a majestic curved terrace of 30 Georgian style houses built in 1767. One of the houses has been restored to show how it would have looked back then.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

The Salisbury Museum

South West England

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The Salisbury Museum includes an interactive gallery about Stonehenge and many historical artefacts, paintings and ceramics.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Relaxing

Thermae Bath Spa

South West England

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Thermae Bath Spa is a day spa where you can bathe in the warm, natural mineral-rich waters. Enjoy a 2-hour session which includes access to the Open-air rooftop pool, Minerva Bath, Wellness Suite (opening Spring 2017), Springs Café Restaurant. Towel, robe and slippers are provided. Please note: Children under 16 are not permitted.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, History

Tintagel Castle

South West England

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Tintagel Castle was the birthplace of King Arthur, so legend has it. Today, the remains of Tintagel Castle stand on rugged cliffs and is an awe-inspiring place.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Torquay Museum

South West England

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Torquay Museum includes a permanent exhibition on Agatha Christie where you can learn more about the famous author's life and even step inside Poirot's study and lounge. At the Torquay Museum, you will also find fascinating exhibitions about the region's archeology, geology and people.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Truro

South West England

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Truro is home to Cornwall's only cathedral. The fine Victorian cathedral with its tall spire stands out amidst the smaller surrounding buildings, and while the city is a busy commercial and administrative centre for the county, it still pervades a small-town atmosphere. Lemon Street is one of the most complete Georgian streets you'll see in Britain.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for British

Wooky Hole

South West England

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To the north of the city is Wooky Hole, where the eroded carboniferous limestone has formed over 25 fascinating caverns, which at one time were home to bears, and wooly mammoths.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Woolacombe Beach

South West England

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Just round the corner from Ilfracombe lies a spectacular coastline of cliffs and coves, sandy beaches, dunes and headlands, which make a great place for walking and finding solitude with nature all around you. You can see the jagged slate rock formations and enormous boulders east of Morte Point, experience the long 3-mile stretch of golden sand at Woolacombe beach (one of the top 10 beaches in the world!) before you reach the quaint thatched cottage village of Croyde which dates back to Saxon times.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information