7 must-visit attractions in the south west

7 must-visit attractions in the south west

After being confined to our homes for large parts of 2020, things are starting to return to normal and travelling to places across the UK is possible again.

With the weather also getting warmer day by day, it’s the perfect time to explore some of the most scenic spots the south west has to offer.

Here are some of the best places to visit across the region:

1. Lacock

Just three miles south of Chippenham, Lacock is a quaint village consisting of stone and half-timbered houses and cottages.

Year on year, the village attracts visitors who want to see where parts of Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter were filmed.

You could make your way through the village and stop off at a local pub or take a look around the famous Lacock Abbey.

2. Durdle Door

Located along the Jurassic Coast, which stretches around 96 miles, Durdle Door is renowned for its natural limestone arch.

With lots to do and see, the pebble and shingle beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dorset during the summer months.

It is also within walking distance of Lulworth Cove – another great beauty spot worth checking out if you have time!

3. Watchet 

Watchet is a seaside town situated 15 miles west of Bridgwater which has some fantastic walking routes you could try.

The picturesque town’s magnificent coastline consists of ammonite fossils – try walking along the shore to see how many you can find!

You could even visit the Watchet House Market Museum or the Watchet Boat Museum to find out more about the town’s history.

4. Bristol Harbour

From trendy bars and restaurants to exciting water sports and activities, there’s something for everyone on the Bristol Harbour.

Activities include rowing, paddle boarding, cycling and more. If you’re looking for something more chilled, watching the boats come and go with a cold drink may be more your style.

There are also a number of interesting entertainment venues you could visit, such as the Bristol Aquarium, Watershed and We The Curious.

5. Portishead

With a long history as a fishing port, Portishead is known for its magnificent marina and seaside views.

The coastal town, which is the second largest in North Somerset, has an abundance of things to do!

You could hike through its wooded hills or rent a boat and relax on its boating lake. There are also lots of seafront shops you can look around.

6. The Royal Crescent

Built in the 1700s, The Royal Crescent consists of 30 terraced houses which surround a crisp lawn that overlooks Royal Victoria Park.

At 500-foot-long it is an amazing piece of Georgian architecture worth visiting on a day trip to Bath.

The lawn adjacent to the crescent also makes for the perfect picnic location during summer – the views are not too bad either!

7. Sutton Bingham Reservoir

Just four miles south of Yeovil, Sutton Bingham Reservoir can be found in the rolling hills of the Somerset and Dorset border.

With a play area, wildlife trails and picnic tables, it’s the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy. Not to mention its fantastic fishing facilities which make it a great spot for anglers!

Whether you enjoy fishing, sailing or walking, Sutton Bingham is a beautiful destination for a day out.

More ideas for things to do at our reservoirs located across the region can be found at www.wessexwater.co.uk/activities

Written by

Tom Thomson

Junior Content Writer

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