The South West of England is a fantastic holiday destination, offering something for everyone. You can explore and unwind on beautiful Cornish beaches, take in the mystery of Stonehenge, hike amongst the Devon hills or relax at a Bath spa.
A place with plenty of variety
The South West of England has a good mix of vibrant cities, quaint villages, stunning landscapes and intriguing history to keep you coming back for more. The South West covers a vast area including Bath, Bristol, Bournemouth, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. It is certainly a region that deserves numerous visits to really capture all it has to offer.
To help you get around the top spots a family train ticket with South West trains is a great idea. You will often find offers on family days out and get a special combination discount for your tickets and the attraction you are visiting. Check out these select highlights with South West trains.
Head to Hampton Court Palace in July and you can not only see the flower show but you can also explore the wonderful Tudor Palace, a favourite of Henry VIII and the later Baroque redevelopment carried out in the17th Century by King William III. Check out the famous garden maze and wonder at the purportedly largest grapevine in the world.
Head to Salisbury, Wiltshire and from here take a tour to the prehistoric monument, Stonehenge. This is one of the most famous prehistoric site and burial grounds in the world and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It comprises nine standing stones set in an area full of Neolithic and Bronze Age Monuments.
Something for the children to enjoy along the SouthWest trains route
Chessington World of Adventure is a popular theme park, zoo and hotel just 12 miles from Central London and is a sure fire hit with the kids. Thorpe Park is just 20 miles away in Surrey and is great for thrill seeking older children and adults. Not too far away is Legoland Windsor, which is another favourite for children; it is the most visited theme park in the UK.
If you are heading to Legoland, you can combine it with a trip to Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, dating back to the 11th Century. Visit the State apartments, semi state rooms, St George’s Chapel and The Drawings Gallery to see some of the finest works of art in the Royal Collection.
Bath is a beautiful city with World Heritage site status. Originally a spa town, it is a haven of theatre, museums and various other cultural venues. No trip to Bath is complete without stopping to see No 1 Royal Crescent, an 18th Century Palladian town house which has been painstakingly restored so we can see how the people of Bath lived in its heyday. It is part of the famous Georgian Royal Crescent, a semi-circular row of houses, now an iconic image of Bath that is easily accessible with family train ticket special offers.
Jennifer writes regularly on English tourism for a range of travel websites and blogs. She recommends making the most of public transport to get around England with family train ticket special offers.