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Places to Visit, Things to Do and Days Out in Southern England

Southern England has an array of activities and cultural attractions on offer, ranging from the famous university town of Oxford to coastal Bournemouth. With many historical buildings and museums throughout the region, there is something to please everyone. Places to Visit in Southern England Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village, Chippenham and Avebury, Marlborough are listed below.
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Discover the Beautiful Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and village Lacock Abbey was founded in 1232 and converted into a country house in the mid-16th century, the cloisters and monastic rooms of the Abbey have survived largely intact. On the closure of the monastery it passed to William Sharington. The Strong Room has an important Renaissance carved stone table, supported by 4 satyrs. Various paintings, furniture and a group of watercolours are also on display. The stable courtyard ho...
Discover the land before time at Avebury Probably one of England's best known tourist attractions (and a World Heritage Site), Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles in Wiltshire. The site has much to thank archaeologist Alexander Keiller, known as the marmalade millionaire thanks to his breakfast creation, who opened a museum here to display much of the findings of the site in 1938 in the old stable building of Avebury manor where he lived. A wonderful t...
Explore a beautiful English country garden at The Courts Garden The Courts Garden is a delightful English country garden showcasing some of the UK'S best gardening. Take a stroll through the beautiful colour-coordinated flower bed and admire the wonderful variety of trees, shrubs and naturally planted spring bulbs. The water garden contains a rectangular lily pond surrounded by pale Iris Sibirica and an earlier creation of a dye pond. Borders are enclosed with Yew, Beech and Holly. T...
Traditional Farmhouse Cuisine With A Gastro Twist. Using only the finest, freshest local ingredients, sourced from local independent suppliers, The Kitchen promises to offer diners a wealth of gastronomic delights. Our menu has been lovingly and thoughtfully created by World Champion Head Chef, Sandor Szucs, making use of the hotel's freshly planted herb garden, which boasts herb troughs, herb banks and herb wheels.
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The House of Thomas Bayly was built following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653. Over the years 1653-1700 a fine timber and brick building was constructed,
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The Halcyon Spa at Bishopstrow House is nestled in the heart of Wiltshire, near the town of Warminster. The spa is renowned for its range of facilities, treatments and customer care. Guests will love the heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, which are open all year round, and the wide variety of treatments on offer.
Restaurant Hywel Jones offers an outstanding dining experience. Executive Chef Hywel Jones has held a Michelin Star at the hotel since 2006
Not many spas in Britain lay claim to the elusive title of destination spa, but Lucknam Park Spa delivers a masterclass in treatments and design.
Holistic spa treatments, hydrotherapy & heated outdoor pools & countryside views from the hot tub - it's a truly calming space. Day spa guests welcome.
Situated in 365 acres of glorious Cotswold countryside, and named after the meandering river that carves its way through the grounds, the Michelin starred Bybrook restaurant enjoys the most beautiful setting for any dining experience. The dining room of this golden-hued 14th century manor house is all chandeliered elegance. The kitchen garden supplements locally sourced produce for Chef Richard Davies' seasonal modern British menus. Wine flights from an award-winning wine list offer the oppor...
The Manor House Golf Club is nestled in 365 acres of Cotswold countryside, bordering the village of Castle Combe. The championship 18-hole golf course also houses The Clubhouse for food and drink, The Loft, the state of the art gym and The Waterfall Lodge suitable for overnight golf breaks.
Bailbrook House in Bath offers an inspiring variety of culinary experiences to indulge in with Cloisters restaurant and the Conservatory.
Prior Park is a stunning landscaped garden in Bath, which dates back to the 18th century. Originally created by Ralph Allen, a local entrepreneur, the garden design was also influence by ‘Capability' Brown and also the poet, Alexander Pope. It contains one of only four Palladian bridges of this particular design in the world.
Where better than the historic city of Bath, Britain's most famous Roman spa town and the country's original home of ‘wellness through water', to don your white robe and treat your mind and body to some sensory seduction. The Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel marries the best of water-based healing including a deluxe hydro pool to help wash any tension away and seven candle-lit serene treatment rooms for a bit of couch-based pampering. Feel the busy modern world slip away as your well-trained therapis...
Lydiard Park is a beautiful historic estate on the western edge of Swindon, with the Palladian House, Church and Walled Garden, set in 260 acres of parkland.
Bath Aqua Glass have glassblowing demonstrations in their studio in Bath, twice a day from Monday to Saturday. It is family-friendly and a short walk from their central shop by the historic Bath Abbey
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Menu Gordon Jones only runs a surprise tasting menu, decided by Gordon Jones, from which diners will experience contrasting flavours, textures and temperatures with English, Indian and Asian influences.
One of Bath's longest established independent restaurant, Chef Chris Cleghorn has gained its first Michelin Star in 2018. The menu is based on five or seven-course tasting options with the possibility to choose a la carte. Discover an award-winning wine list and a bar offering a relatively unique spirit list.
Located right in the centre of Frome, the Archangel has an excellent reputation for its vibrant, warm hospitality, top quality restaurant food and quirky but first class accommodation. First recorded as an Inn in 1311, The Archangel despite extensive renovations still reveals its medieval history with ancient beams and walls. Modern touches have been added such as suspended glass mezzanine cube, Italian-made mustard yellow chairs and zinc-topped bar. The Archangel serves classic seasona...
Longleat is characterised by its Elizabethan architecture and is surrounded by 900 acres of ‘Capability' Brown landscaped grounds. It is home to the UK's original Safari Park and a wealth of impressive attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Animal Adventure. Here, guests can get up-close and personal with truly amazing animals.
The grounds and gardens at Longleat cover 900 acres of parkland designed by Capability Brown, as well as formal gardens by George London. The stables and Orangery were designed by renowned architect, Wyatville, and the Secret Garden is the work of Russell Page.
Take a look at a time gone by at Longleat House, a superb example of Elizabethan architecture, and one of the country's finest stately homes. Home to sixteen generations of the Thynn family, the 7th Marquess of Bath is perhaps one of Longleat's most famous residents.
Nestled within four acres of stunning gardens and spacious terraces, The Bath Priory is a Georgian house of honey-coloured stone close to the city of Bath.
The first and only spa by L'Occitane in the UK, The Garden Spa by L'Occitane offers a haven in which to escape and indulge. Designed to complement its natural surroundings, the spa offers a selection of luxurious treatments, with four tranquil treatment rooms, an indoor pool, heated outdoor pool, steam pod and sauna.
Established nearly 20 years ago, this privately-owned restaurant has had a Michelin Star for 12 years in a row. It has also been named AA and Decanter Restaurant of The Year and won numerous International Wine Awards. The owner, Roger Jones, is also a wine journalist and wine judge, working for Decanter Magazine, The_Buyer.net, CSWWC, DWWA & Taittinger Sommelier of The Year.
Explore the grandeur of Dyrham Park The magnificent formal gardens of Dyrham Park were laid out when the grand house was built but became unfashionable by the late 18th century. They were largely cleared away or filled in when the park was landscaped by Humphrey Repton and Charles Harcourt Masters. However, it is a joy to travel down the winding drive through the deer park until the house appears, wedged across the valley and facing out to the plain below. A bold formal terrace with ...
Explore the grandeur of Dyrham Park Dyrham Park is a 17th century mansion built in the baroque style between 1692 and 1704 for William Blathwayt, Secretary of State to William III. The rooms have changed little since they were furnished by Blathwayt. Due to his royal connections, the house became a showcase for Dutch decorative arts. On display are family portraits, paintings, delftware, furniture and a state bed made for the house. The restored Victorian domestic rooms include kitchen...
Howard's House is a privately owned hotel, hidden away in unspoilt countryside in the heart of Wiltshire. The ancient honey coloured stone building has not been subjected to any modern tampering which shows in the simple elegance of the airy restaurant. Chef Andy Britton's ethos is to source as much local meat, game, fish and seasonal produce as possible as well as the vegetables and herbs from the kitchen garden. The cuisine is modern British and the menu may feature a starter such as roaste...
The King's Arms is a cosy award-winning country inn nestled deep within the stunning Cotswold countryside. As a true countryside pub, they also serve delicious British cuisine using the best seasonal and locally sourced produce. The menu offers a wonderful range of dishes to satisfy every palette. Daily specials are handwritten on a blackboard and are cleverly complimented with a selection of lighter snacks. Set menus are also available. Sink into comfortable leather arm chairs while wa...
Dan Ingram worked for Heton Blumenthal for three years before taking up the position of head chef of this historic Wiltshire pub, just off the Thames Path. The 17th century building retains much of its period charm including Roaring log fires, historic bric-a-brac, and a pub garden and it welcomes drinkers with open arms. There's homemade pub fare like honey and mustard roast ham, free range eggs and triple cooked chips in the bar, but head for the restaurant for a full three course meal made...
Explore the impressive collections and beautiful interiors at Mompesson House Mompesson House, an elegant and spacious 18th century house in Cathedral Close, was built for Charles Mompesson in 1701. It has magnificent plasterwork, a fine oak staircase and good quality period furniture. The house also contains the Turnbull collection of 18th century drinking glasses. In the Green Room is a display of black and white portrait prints. A well known tenant of the house was Barbara Townsend a...
A friendly, local, steam railway bringing back the sounds and smells of steam to the Avon Valley. Opened in 1869 by the Midland Railway as a through route between the Birmingham and the South Coast, the line was later linked to the iconic Somerset & Dorset Railway. Closed under the Beeching Axe of the 1960's the line was preserved by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Today, 40 years on, three miles of track has been re-laid, locomotives and carriages restored, and the sound of steam c...
Explore Stourhead House and Gardens Stourhead is a fine example of English landscape gardens from the 18th century, re-planted in the 19th century with Conifers, flowering trees and shrubs. Follow a route anti-clockwise around the lake to gradually experience the sequence of arcadian images. There is always another vision to attract the eye: the Temple of Flora, Temple of Apollo, rock bridge or a Gothic rustic cottage and grotto to name but a few. From the late 1700s new plants were i...
Discover Stourhead House Stourhead House is a Palladian mansion built in the 1720s, which was home to the Hoare family, who are the owners of Britain´s only surviving private bank. The entrance hall has a large collection of Hoare family portraits. The interior includes an outstanding Regency library designed by Colt Hoare in 1792 and decorated with paintings of classical scenes and furniture by Chippendale the Younger. In the gardens are classical temples, including the Pantheon and Te...
Hillbrush has been manufacturing cleaning equipment in Mere, Wiltshire, since 1922. In April 2017 we launched our visitor centre, Visit Hillbrush, incorporating our gift shop of cleaning and personal grooming products, our amazing locally sourced restaurant with an extensive menu of delicious meals, drinks and snacks, and our interactive brushmaking museum.
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Visit Hillbrush is located in Mere, Wiltshire and offers a fantastic restaurant, shop and museum.
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An Elizabethan Cotswold Manor, the front unaltered for 400 years; played Trenwith House in the hugely popular Poldark. A real gem - Great for Group visits.
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The Army Flying Museum tells the fascinating story of British Army flying. Featuring over 35 aircraft, from the first world war era to the current day, as well as interactive displays, artifacts, audio-visual presentations and models, the museum is a great day out for all ages. The Apache Café has super views across an active army airfield.
The course is free draining and never closes. There is a floodlit range and an adventure golf course full of waterfalls, rivers & caves. Click video below.
The Dundas Arms is set on the Kennet and Avon canal in the charming historic village of Kintbury halfway between Hungerford and Newbury. As a true country pub, our menus make the most of the local flavours available from the surrounding rivers, farms and fields and you'll always find traditional pub classics alongside creative seasonal dishes. Nestled between the Kennet River and the Kennet & Avon Canal, our idyllic garden is the perfect place to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the fine...
Roger Saul, the founder of Mulberry, is the creative talent behind the gardens at Kilver Court, in Somerset. With a 100 metre herbaceous border, a subtropical island and a formal parterre, there is much to be admired and explored.
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Discover, Buscot Park, a magnificent stately mansion and intimate family home Part owed by the National Trust and part owned by Lord Faringdon, Buscot House in Oxfordshire has fabulous grounds to explore across the seasons. The gardens are split into very different areas - a particular favourite with horticultural fans is the walled garden with its pleached hop hornbeam central avenue with a fountain and surrounding quadrants planted up to reflect the four seasons. We love the gloriou...
Discover, Buscot Park, a magnificent stately mansion and intimate family home The home of Lord Faringdon, 18th century Buscot Park in Oxfordshire is one of those glorious English country estates that whisk you back through the centuries as you wander in awe at the beautiful paintings and plates, pots and urns, furniture and fabrics. If you've the time before you visit, take a look at Buscot's website in which Lord Faringdon himelf explains the history by which he came to live in the hou...
Boutique manor with 2 AA rosette restaurant offering a scrumptious locally sourced Cotswolds menu served by a warm and welcoming team.
Tucked away in the small village of St Mary Bourne in the Hampshire countryside, the Bourne Valley Inn is a lovely country inn offering charming accommodation, delicious countryside dining and a warm, friendly service. Sink into one of the nine contemporary cottage-style rooms and unwind in your own private corner of the Hampshire countryside. Named after the lakes and rivers that lie nearby, the rooms are designed with your comfort in mind and include luxurious bedding, flat-screen TVs, W...
Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobethan style by the architect Charles Barry, with a park designed by Capability Brown. The 5,000-acre estate is in Hampshire, England, about 5 miles south of Newbury, Berkshire. It is the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon, a branch of the Anglo-Welsh Herbert family.
Built in 1793, Houghton Lodge is the UK's best surviving example of an 18th Century Cottage Orné. Idyllically set above the waters of the River Test.
Set within a Capability Brown inspired park, Highclere Castle gardens are hidden from view. Gravel paths lead to the Monks Garden with plantings of roses,lavender, penstemons and a summer wild flower bed. Espaliered medlar, quince and fig trees line its walls. Behind the towering yew hedge lies the White Garden and a gate into the exquisite Secret Garden with its colourful curving herbaceous borders. Beyond the formal area an arboretum is in its early stages and by 2010 a meadow of wild flowe...
Situated in the idyllic village of Tollard Royal on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, The King John Inn is a gorgeous pub with rooms serving award-winning and seasonal British food. The eight en-suite bedrooms combine modern comfort with rustic elegance and feature luxurious linen, Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, direct dial phones and handmade bath and body products from Bramley. Our Head Chef sources his ingredients from the best local suppliers – from the fresh seafood deliver...
The Vineyard, one of the UK's best known places for those who love fine dining. The Vineyard restaurant is a 3 AA rosette awarded restaurant, with everything yo
The Vineyard Spa is a luxury 5 Bubbles Spa that is situated in Newbury, Berkshire. About an hour from London, it's the perfect location to escape the city for a relaxing spa day or get away. From the moment you slip into your fluffy robe and cushioned slippers, the journey to rediscover yourself begins. Whether you are looking for spa days and breaks, or simply want to visit for a treatment, The Vineyard spa is somewhere you will experience relaxation that will rebalance your body and min...
Opened in March 2019, ' Betony ' is the signature restaurant of Great British Chef & Roux Scholar Matthew Tomkinson. Serving modern British cuisine in a relaxed yet chic restaurant environment, Betony is open Wednesday-Saturday for dinner.
The RWA – Bristol's first art gallery - is proud to bring world-class visual art from around the world to the South West. Their vision is to be the South West's leading centre for the exhibition, exploration and practice of the visual arts, recognised as a place that enriches and nourishes the lives of people from all communities and backgrounds.
Set in the heart of the Redland area of Bristol, this stylish gastropub sports first floor “supper rooms” available for private hire and an outdoor terrace in addition to the bar and handsome main dining area. Ex- Le Manoir chef Simon Bradley applies both classic and modern European cookery techniques to West Country produce. The a la carte menu includes dishes such as organic steak and kidney pie with creamed potatoes and Guinness gravy and roasted fillet of line caught cod with steamed spi...
The Carnarvon Arms Located next door to Highclere Castle, home to the real Downton Abbey set and just a few miles from Newbury town centre, The Carnarvon Arms is a modern day country inn. Originally a coaching inn serving traveller