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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Stonehenge

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, with…
Top Choice Historic Building in Bodmin

Lanhydrock

This magnificent manor, two-and-a-half miles southeast of Bodmin, offers a fascinating insight into Upstairs, Downstairs life in Victorian England. The house was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1881 as a fashion…
Top Choice Nature Centre in St Austell

Eden Project

Lodged at the bottom of an old china clay pit, the giant biomes of the Eden Project – the largest greenhouses in the world – have become Cornwall's most celebrated landmark, and an absolutely essential visit. Lookin…
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 7-hectar…
Top Choice Gallery in St Ives

Tate St Ives

After an 18-month, multimillion-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 dedica…
Top Choice Beach in Lizard Point

Kynance Cove

A mile north of Lizard Point, this National Trust–owned inlet is an absolute showstopper, studded with craggy offshore islands rising out of searingly blue seas that seem almost tropical in colour. The cliffs around…
Top Choice Modern British in Totnes

Riverford Field Kitchen

This ecofriendly, organic, plough-to-plate farm is where everyone wants to eat when they visit Totnes. It began as a food-box scheme, and has now branched out into a delightful barn bistro, where diners sit communal…
Top Choice Seafood in Port Isaac

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

Port Isaac's prestige has skyrocketed since Cornwall's top chef, Nathan Outlaw, moved his main operation here from Rock. This is the place to experience Outlaw's passion for Cornish fish and seafood. His style is su…
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…