South West of England, UK

The South West of England is the region with the largest territory in the country: more than 9200 m2 (around 24000 km2) and one of the regions with the most developed tourism industry thanks to its extremely beautiful coastline with dramatic waterfront cliffs and idyllic beaches, lively seaside towns and resorts, rich histoirc and cultural heritage, well preserved nature in the inland areas. Within its boundaries can be found four of the most popular tourist sites of Britain included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The most famous of them is Stonehenge, followed by the ancient Roman City of Bath, the Jurassic Coast of Dorset and East Devon, the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape. In the South West are located the Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks. The main cities and large towns of the region are Bristol (the most populous one), Plymouth, Bournemouth, Gloucester, Swindon, Poole and Exeter. The highest point of the area is in the moorlands of Dartmoor, Devon - High Willhays (2039 ft / 621 m above sea level). read more »

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South West England has 6 counties: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire and population of more than 5 million people. Some of the Britain's most idyllic seaside towns and resorts are here: Newquay, Falmouth, Bude and St Ives in Cornwall, Exmouth, Dawlish, Sidmouth, Ilfracombe, Lynmouth, Torquay, Brixham and Paignton in Devon, Minehead, Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Poole in Dorset.

Stonehenge is maybe the most visited tourist site not only in the South West but in the UK as a whole. It is an impressive prehistoric monument with circular form constructed of large, extremely heavy and skillfully shaped stones, dated back to the late Neolithic Era of Britain (a prehistoric period of time lasting between 4000 and 2500 BC). According to the most recent archeological studies 4000 to 5000 years divide us from the time it was constructed by the prehistoric people inhabiting the region. Stonehenge is the central and the most impressive one in a spacious complex of other prehistoric monuments. It is located in Wiltshire, just a couple of miles from the small town of Amesbury and a short drive (8 miles) from the historic cathedral city of Salisbury. There are intense scientific disputes about many questions that Stonehenge arises: how many of the large and extremely heavy bluestone blocks were transported from as far as North Pembrokeshire, Wales, what were the building methods that allowed prehistoric people to construct the monument and not last what was its function. Some of the most common theories about the function of Stonehenge are that it was a sanctuary, a burial site, an astronomical observatory or a sacred place where people were coming to seek healing.

Another popular tourist destination in the region visited by travelers from around the world is Bath. Located in the present-day ceremonial county of Somerset, the city was founded during the 1st century AD by the Romans. Its ancient Latin name was Aquae Sulis meaning "The Water / Springs of Sulis (local godess)". The place has been well chosen - around natural hot springs in the picturesque valley of the River Avon at the point the river becomes navigable. The initial Roman settlement was of small size, consisting mainly of a thermal complex - Roman Baths and a temple of the Latin Goddess Minerva on the hill next to the springs. Most probably there was an earlier shrine of the Britons on the site where they honoured their Godess Sulis, indentified with Minerva by the Romans. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire Bath was conquered by the invading Anglo-Saxons and included in their Kingdom of Hwicce. King Osric founded a monastery here in the last quarter of the 7th century that later grew into the Bath Abbey where Edgar I the Peaceable was crowned King of England. In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (second half of the 16th century) Bath flourished as a large and elegant town, popular spa destination for nobles from near and far regions of the island. Today the entire City of Bath is designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.