Heading to the South West soon and wondering what the top tourist attractions are? You’ve come to the right place.

Each year, Visit England releases an official report with all the top free and paid attractions in England.

In this article, we will focus on the beautiful region of the South West which includes Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Cornwall.

This is one of the most visited regions in the UK since it’s home to the beautiful Cornwall and Devon but also famous historical places such as Stonehenge and Bath.

So, are you ready to discover the top 5 attractions in the South West? Let’s get started!

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1. Stonehenge

Stonehenge in England

📍Location: Wiltshire | 👥Visitors (2022): 977,316 | 💰Price: £25 – Free for members

Located in Salisbury in Wiltshire, Stonehenge is one of the most famous prehistoric structures in the world.

People come from all over the world to see this beautiful ring of standing stones since it’s the only remaining of its kind.

It was an absolute architectural masterpiece for its time and has helped archaeologists understand a lot of things about the Bronze period. One of the most noticeable feature is that it was built to align with the sun on the solstices (which is a feature you can find in some wonders of the world such as Machu Picchu or Chichen Itza)

It’s also worth mentioning that it’s one of the UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites.

The site is managed by the English Heritage which charges an entrance fee (unless you are a member of the EH or National Trust).

2. Roman Baths

Roman Baths in Bath

📍Location: Bath | 👥Visitors (2022): 851,854 | 💰Price: £24.50 – Tickets here

The Roman Baths in Bath (near Bristol) are one of the best examples of historic thermae in the world and a great example of Roman Britain sites.

It was a religious spa built to worship the goddess Sulis Minerva. The water comes from natural thermal springs that still flow today.

It’s an incredible place and a must-see for any history buff which is why it attracts almost a million visitors per year despite the fact that it’s not cheap.

Tickets can easily be booked online here and there are audio guides available.

3. Longleat Safari & Adventure Park

giraffe in zoo

📍Location: Wiltshire | 👥Visitors (2022): 814,263 | 💰Price: £42.95

Located in Wiltshire, Longleat Safari & Adventure Park was the first drive-through safari park outside of Africa. It opened in 1966 and was truly a unique site at the time.

It still is today since it’s home to over 500 animals including elephants, giraffes, gorillas, hyenas and more.

There are two parts: the drive-through safari and the walking safari in which you can see animals from all over the world, not just Africa.

It’s a great place to visit with kids (but also for adults) and is a popular day trip from Bristol.

Tickets can be booked on the official website and will give you access to the entire park for the day.

4. Eden Project

Eden Project in Cornwall

📍Location: Cornwall | 👥Visitors (2022): 658,084 | 💰Price: £38 online

The Eden Project is an eco attraction located in beautiful Cornwall. It’s set in a former clay mine and was turned into a stunning garden with many plants.

It’s particularly known for its biomes home to large indoor rainforest and Mediterranean gardens.

There is also an outdoor botanical garden with species from the UK and specifically Cornwall.

This is by far one of the most unique attractions in the UK especially since it’s not something anyone expects to find and it’s well worth spending a day there.

It’s open every day from April to September but opening times vary in winter so make sure to check the website.

5. Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust 

📍Location: Bristol | 👥Visitors (2022): 546,132  | 💰Price: Free

This historic property near Bristol is definitely the most surprising item on the list since it’s not really known internationally but it’s a local’s favourite!

It’s also worth mentioning that it’s the first free attraction on the list!

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust is an old Victorian cemetery home to a park and many listed buildings.

It’s a great place to visit if you are exploring Bristol and the surrounding area.

If you want to learn more about the most visited attractions in the UK, don’t hesitate to check out my other articles.

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