Brief Guide to South West England For First Time Visitors
|Like its name suggests, South West England lays in the south-west part of England. It borders West Midlands and South East regions and is the largest England’s region covering an area of 23,828 square kilometres. It is consists of seven counties - Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire and Cornwall. The Isles of Scilly have a unitary authority but are a part of the ceremonial county of Cornwall. Although South West England is the largest region of England, it is home to only 5 million people and is mostly rural. It has, however, several larger cities and towns with Bristol being the most populous.|
The England’s largest region is best known for its natural wonders and spectacular historic sites. South West England is a perfect getaway for nature lovers who can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dorset and East Devon Coast, also known as the Jurassic Coast, two National Parks – Exmoor and Dartmoor, and a number of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty such Quantock Hills which impress with their spectacular landscape and rich fauna and flora. The region is also a paradise for caving and caving diving enthusiasts, hikers, climbers, cyclists, golf and other outdoor sports enthusiasts, while its long coast attracts both leisure travellers and water sports fans.
Historic attractions of South West England are not any less impressive than its beautiful landscape. On the contrary, history lovers can enjoy a wealth of historic attractions from prehistory, ancient history, Roman period, the Middle Ages as well as Modern Period. The top region’s attractions are the Neolithic monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury the exact function of which remains a mystery. Visitors interested in history also should not miss the opportunity to visit the City of Bath, and Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape both of which have been inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list as well. History attractions can be enjoyed on literally every step making each visit to South West England a one-of-a-kind experience.
In addition to world-class natural and historic attractions, South West England is also renowned for its charming small towns and villages each of which has a unique character and offers a unique experience. Then there are also romantic seaside resorts which provide a perfect getaway for two. And in the end, there are many more natural wonders and ancient gems that may not attract as many tourists but are worth visiting as well.
It is always a good time to visit South West England but visitors who would like to enjoy outdoor activities should visit the region from late spring to early autumn. It is also a good idea to pay attention to the weather before departing because a potential rain can ruin even the most carefully planned trip.