Things to do in South West England

Our most recommended things to do in South West England

Stonehenge Admission Ticket

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 Stonehenge is an outdoor gallery that includes several reconstructed Neolithic houses. Using archaeological evidence and authentic materials, these buildings provide a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Neolithic people who built Stonehenge. Stonehenge has many different meanings to people today. It is an icon of Britain, a wonder of the world, a spiritual place, and a source of inspiration.

Bodmin: Bodmin Jail Entry Ticket & Dark Walk

2. Bodmin: Bodmin Jail Entry Ticket & Dark Walk

Step into the past with skip-the-line entry to the Bodmin Jail in Cornwall where over 55 executions took place. Uncover the dark history of this haunted site built by King George III and explore the recently renovated wings and cells. Feel the cold against your skin as you walk down the Naval Wing. Travel just outside the town center to find Bodmin Jail and marvel at its imposing structure on the skyline as you reach the entrance. Count yourself lucky as you walk into the prison as a visitor and not as an inmate. Face a cold walk along the original Naval Wing and get a first-hand impression of what the dreary days and nights behind bars were really like. Look into grimy cells and listen to stories of prison punishments. Learn about the tragedies within these walls and the tales of the criminals who called Bodmin Jail home. Exit the prison after seeing the only original and fully working Victorian hanging pit in the United Kingdom.

Bath: Guided Ghost Tour

3. Bath: Guided Ghost Tour

Join your guide as they take you on a journey to discover the many haunted locations around the city of Bath. Hear tales about the ghosts of medieval monks, hanged criminals, tortured witches, poltergeists, and more. Learn about the history and haunting of each site and visit famous locations like Bath Abbey, Queens Square, Theatre Royal, and Victoria Park. Wander down hidden alleyways and stop at haunted hotspots, including a particularly grim location directly next to Jane Austen's last known residence in the city. Enjoy an interactive walking tour where visitors are encouraged to be part of the stories. Feeling brave? Volunteer for a paranormal experiment towards the end of your tour, a highlight of the exciting evening.

Bath: The Jane Austen Centre Ticket

4. 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.

Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

5. Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

Take a cruise around Europe's largest natural harbor, home to the town of Poole, the golden beaches of Sandbanks and Brownsea Island. From either open deck seating or comfortable saloon you will see stunning views of the exceptional landscape that surrounds it. Your 70 minute trip will start on charming Poole Quay with its old buildings and buzzing atmosphere.  Next you will go past Brownsea Island, home to wildlife and picturesque Brownsea Castle, built to protect against French invasions. After that comes the Sandbanks Peninsula and the luxurious houses of the ‘Golden Mile’. Then you will tour the great natural expanse of the harbor and the remaining islands: Green, Furzey, Long and Round. Fronting onto beautiful scenery it helped inspire classics like Lord of the Rings and Gulliver's Travel. 

London: Stonehenge, Windsor, and Bath Day Trip by Bus

6. London: Stonehenge, Windsor, and Bath Day Trip by Bus

Head out of London in a comfortable coach to uncover the charms of the English countryside on a full-day tour that takes you to famous, historical sites. See Windsor's charming streets, Bath's iconic Roman baths, and Stonehenge's impressive stone structure with your guide. After leaving in the morning, drive straight to Windsor. Discover the 17th-century historical monuments that line its cobbled streets. Also, visit the home of Queen Elizabeth II and enjoy a through-the-keyhole experience of the world’s largest and oldest castle. Then make your way to Stonehenge. Discover its monolithic rocks rising up against the skyline on Salisbury Hill. Continue on to Bath on the slopes of the River Avon. It was the first city in England to be designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the 15th-century Bath Abbey and the romantic Pulteney Bridge, modeled on Florence's Ponte Vecchio.

From London: Stonehenge Half-Day Tour with Audio Guide

7. From London: Stonehenge Half-Day Tour with Audio Guide

Explore one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world on a half-day tour to Stonehenge. Travel to the site from London by air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy views of the English landscape en route. The tour is unescorted, but visitors can download an audio guide on their smartphones. Situated on Salisbury Plain in the Wiltshire countryside, the cluster of 40-ton rocks was constructed more than 5,000 years ago.  Although the function of Stonehenge is still a matter of fierce debate, what is known about the UNESCO World Heritage Site is that it has been a site of pagan worship for centuries. Make up your own mind as you uncover the history behind the extraordinary monument. A new world-class visitor center is now a short shuttle bus ride away from the stone circle site and combines cutting-edge audiovisuals with exhibitions of ancient objects.

Bath: City Walking Tour with Optional Roman Baths Entry

8. Bath: City Walking Tour with Optional Roman Baths Entry

Begin your tour in the morning or afternoon at Bath Abbey in the city center. See the very best of Bath, both past and present. Meet your guide and kick-off by visiting a selection of highlights including Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey. Proceed to the Roman Baths, and follow your guide 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, 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 very best of Bath. Your guides are fun, engaging local professionals who will make the city’s history truly accessible for visitors of all ages.

London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

9. London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

Enjoy a full day of English heritage visiting the exquisite Windsor Castle, captivating Stonehenge, and the beautiful university city of Oxford. On this day trip departing from London, you get the whistle-stop tour of these unique sites with interesting commentary from your guide along the way. Start your day at Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of HM King Charles III. Visit the magnificent State Apartments still used for state occasions and royal receptions (if option selected). Take some time to explore the castle grounds and the 14th century St. George's Chapel, where you can admire one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England. Next, go to the standing stones of Stonehenge, still clouded in mystery as an amazing feat of human engineering. Explore the prehistoric stone circle and learn about the theories around its construction (if option selected). Continue to the university city of Oxford, known as "The City of Dreaming Spires." A seat of learning since 1249, it's an idyllic location to explore on a fascinating walking tour.

Bath: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Blue Badge Tourist Guide

10. Bath: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Blue Badge Tourist Guide

Experience 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.

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Jamie was absolutely amazing!!! He made our evening and Halloween!! There is something truly special about a local willing to share their knowledge of home and do it with so much theatre. We are so grateful he spent time with us and enriched our hearts and minds with all things spooky!!! Do this tour and make sure to ask for Jamie!

Very nice day trip. We had enough time at all the places. Nothing felt rushed. We didn’t go into Windsor but rather walked around the gorgeous little town! Definitely would recommend. Our Tourguide Chrissy was lovely and had lots of interesting stories and facts to tell. Janos our driver was lovely as well. Overall a very nice day!

Prompt pickup at the hotel. Enjoyable ride with a stop for the toilet and coffee. Information about the region and Stonehenge from our guide. The museum is very well done and did a wonderful job explaining the site.

Despite the rain, hosts made the tour well worth the time! Not too fast paced and plenty of local history not otherwise found.

Great tour! Chrissy was a super guide, and we had a great time. Worth it any day!