Attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Stonehenge & Around

Stonehenge

An ultramodern makeover at ancient Stonehenge has brought an impressive visitor centre and the closure of an intrusive road (now restored to grassland). The result is a far stronger sense of historical context; dign…
Top Choice Historic Building in Bodmin

Lanhydrock

Two and a half miles southeast of Bodmin, this magnificent manor offers a fascinating insight into Upstairs, Downstairs life in Victorian England. The house was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1881 as a fashiona…
Top Choice Landmark in Marazion

St Michael's Mount

Looming up in the middle of Mount's Bay and connected to the mainland at Marazion via a cobbled causeway, this abbey-crowned island is an unforgettable sight, and one of Cornwall's most iconic images. Initially a Be…
Top Choice Gardens in Tresco

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco's key attraction – and one of Scilly's must-see gems – is this subtropical estate, laid out in 1834 on the site of a 12th-century Benedictine priory by the horticultural visionary Augustus Smith. The 17-acre …
Top Choice Nature Centre in St Austell & Around

Eden Project

Lodged at the bottom of a disused clay pit, the giant biomes of the Eden Project – the largest greenhouses in the world – have become Cornwall's most celebrated landmark and an essential visit. Looking like a Bond v…
Top Choice Gallery in St Ives

Tate St Ives

After an 18-month, multi-million-pound refit, St Ives' most illustrious gallery has finally reopened its doors, although the long-awaited gallery extension won't be open until autumn 2017. The present space is dedic…
Top Choice Cathedral in Winchester

Winchester Cathedral

One of southern England's most awe-inspiring buildings, 11th-century Winchester Cathedral boasts a fine Gothic facade, one of the longest medieval naves in Europe (164m), and a fascinating jumble of features from al…
Top Choice Historic Building in Bath

Roman Baths

In typically ostentatious style, the Romans constructed a complex of bathhouses above Bath's three natural hot springs, which emerge at a steady 46°C (115°F). Situated alongside a temple dedicated to the healing god…
Top Choice Cathedral in Salisbury

Salisbury Cathedral

England is endowed with countless stunning churches, but few can hold a candle to the grandeur and sheer spectacle of 13th-century Salisbury Cathedral. This early English Gothic–style structure has an elaborate exte…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Avebury

Avebury Stone Circle

With a diameter of 348m, Avebury is the largest stone circle in the world. It's also one of the oldest, dating from 2500 to 2200 BC. Today, more than 30 stones are in place; pillars show where missing stones would h…