The South West is a region of contrasts - Wiltshire, where South West England begins less than an hour from London; Gloucestershire, home to the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds; Dorset, an area of outstanding natural beauty and bordered by the Jurassic coastline; Bristol and Bath, with centuries of history and culture; Somerset, a mix of heather covered Exmoor and the levels of Sedgemoor; Devon, with two coastlines and wide open spaces; Cornwall, bounded by the sea and steeped in Celtic tradition with the delightful Scilly Isles, each with its own features and attractions.
The combination of fine weather and miles of fabulous coast line have make this region of England an ever popular holiday destination. These regions of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Avon really has got everything you need to really get away from it all. From quaint villages to vast beaches of golden sands and from towering cliffs with crashing waves to bleak and windswept moorland of Dartmoor, it’s a perfect for place for holidays.
People both Nationally and Internationally visit the region year round in search of stunning coastline, historic towns, villages and cities and a pace of life that can be set to suit the individual. Lazy afternoons reading on the beach, surfing or browsing art galleries - it is all possible in this diverse region.
With the exception of Bristol and Plymouth, there are no major cities. The magnificent cathedrals in Exeter, Truro, and Wells make them cities officially yet they do not have the major conurbations or the vast sprawling shopping malls that one has come to associate with modern cities. They are much like the many small and attractive towns, each with its own individual character, that can be found throughout "The West Country".