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Reasons to visit the south west of England

There is so much that South West England has to offer to both UK residents and those elsewhere in the world. If you enjoy nature, culture, history and food then you won’t be short of things to do here. Visit some of the most iconic places in England, see some amazing sites and make some beautiful memories in the South West of England. If you live elsewhere in Europe, don’t forget to apply for an EHIC before you fly out. With your European health insurance covered you can keep the focus on fund and enjoy your trip to the fullest. So, if you have never thought to visit the South West of England, here are a few reasons why you should.


There are several beautiful natural parks to enjoy in South West England, including New Forest National Park, Exmoor National Park and the stunning Dartmoor National Park, whose craggy marshland was part of the inspiration behind Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. There are many excellent walking and cycling routes that go through and around these parks as well as around the best areas in the South West, showing you some of the best that the British countryside has to offer. The South West Coast Path is especially beautiful and has even won the title of Best British Walking Route two years in a row. If you can’t visit in the summer then the winter should be your other option. If you can brave the cold, the landscape becomes even more romantic when dusted with frost and fog. If you want to see the mystical English country side then the South West is the place to visit.


While British cuisine hasn’t always been known as the best, the food that you can find in the South West of England is scrumptious. In the quaint coastal towns you can find amazing local food and fresh seafood. The food is often simple and humble, keeping the focus on great quality ingredients and beautiful, natural flavours. If you have a bit of a wander and stop for tea, you can also find many great local cafes, serving traditional scones and tea that you can sip at while you look out at the seaside. You can also take a trip to Cornwall and try an iconic Cornish pasty – humble, warming and mouth-wateringly delicious.

Culture and history

A lot of England’s identity can be found in the South West. In Bristol you will find a creative contemporary art scene, filled with burgeoning young artists who are encouraged to leave their mark around the city. There’s also the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery which has world class exhibitions and regular events that attract people from all walks of life. Not too far from here there is Bath, home to the famous Roman baths as well as the Victoria Gallery and Holbourne Museum. Culture and creativity can be found all over the South West of England if you know where to look. Don’t forget to visit Stonehenge while you’re here and see the castles.