The 55 best historic houses and gardens to visit in the South West of England

Discover historic houses and gardens all across the South West, including an array of castles, manors and ancient halls, all for free with a Historic Houses membership card

Lulworth Castle in Dorset

The South West of England is full of glorious places to visit and explore, including an array of the country’s finest historic houses and gardens. Here, you can find a selection of places to visit when in the area, and if you’re a Historic Houses member, you can use your card to explore these places for free. Take a look now by scrolling down our page here or view a map of all the houses here.



Special events in the South West

Historic houses and gardens in the South West are well known for their spectacular events for a range of different interests. From concerts at Powderham Castle, to outdoor theatre at The Bishop’s Palace, and organised garden tours at Kelly House, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

...also in Devon


...also in Dorset


Travel sustainably

We’re very keen to promote sustainable transport on your visits to historic houses and gardens in the South West of England, so recommend you visit the website of Good Journey to see if you can plan an adventure without the need for a petrol/diesel car. Take a look at Good Journey’s web page to start planning.

...also in Gloucestershire



The South West is full of important historic collections...

The Cloisters at Wilton House hold an important collection of antique Greek & Roman statuary formed by the 8th Earl, including the Mazarin Collection from Paris, bought in the 1720’s.

Wilton House bridge

...also in Wiltshire

The Channel Islands

Days out in South West England

The South West is the perfect place to spend your UK holiday, and with so many historic houses and gorgeous gardens to visit on your trip it really is worth spending a week or two there to enjoy them all. You can view a map of all the places to visit in the South West now on our page via the link below.

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Mapperton House historic country estate

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