South West

Plan your day out in the South West! Find hundreds of places to visit - museums, art galleries, historic attractions, castles and stately homes in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Guernsey and Jersey.

A photo of a man in a suit smirking in a wall painting as part of the Banksy theme park Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare

Graffiti, trucks, refugees and David Shrigley: Pictures from Banksy's Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare

Photos from inside Dismaland, Britain's first bemusement park, as it opens for its first full week in rainy Weston-super-Mare.

A photo of an archaeologist standing within the stone walls of St Piran's in Cornwall

Dark Age skeletons found at Cornish chapel were early Christian children and women who could have been from same family

James Gossip, of the Cornwall Archaeology Unit, on the results of radiocarbon dating on skeletons found at St Piran's Oratory last year.

A photo of a drawing of a large octopus from the HMS Challenger voyage of the 19th century

The starfishes, octopuses and squid of scientists' 70,000-mile 19th century journey to the deep sea

In 1872, chemists, physicists and biologists boarded the HMS Challenger and embarked upon a 70,000 nautical mile journey of global exploration. Now curators are creating a database of their finds.

A photo of archaeologists digging brown earth at Chedworth Roman Villa

Archaeologists to reveal secrets of Gloucestershire Roman villa as public excavation begins

A set of mosaics at Chedworth, the villa in Gloucestershire where some of the country’s richest Romans once lived, are being publically excavated by archaeologists this week.

A photo of sections of archaeological bone from the Iron or Bronze Age found at Long Bredy in Dorset

Archaeologists chance upon crouched skeletons of prehistoric trio in Dorset grave

Archaeologists carrying out a watching brief on routine drainage and sewage works at an 18th century cottage have discovered the crouched skeletons of three young people from the Bronze or Iron Age.

A photo of a man in a high-visibility jacket at Banksy's Dismaland themepark in Weston-super-Mare

Banksy's Dismaland: What the bloggers and newspapers think of Weston-super-Mare's new themepark

Some encountered terrifying carousels. Others had their moustaches questioned by gruff stewards. Here's what visitors have said about the country's first bemusement park.

A photo of the oldest true lobster at the Museum of Jurassic Marine Life in Dorset

16 amazing exhibits from the finest collection of Late Jurassic Kimmeridgian fossils ever assembled in Britain

As building starts on the £4.7 million Museum of Jurassic Marine Life in Dorset's Kimmeridge village, here are some of the eggs, skulls, rays and predators awaiting the public.

A photo of a dark brown human skull

Skeleton of necklace-wearing adolescent will help archaeologists discover "frenzied" Stonehenge of 4,000 years ago

The remains of an amber necklace-wearing adolescent child who died 4,000 years ago have been found in a foetal position at the bottom of a Neolithic henge near Stonehenge.

A close up photo of a light brown fossil within a rock

Forgotten fossils from 190 million years ago refound in Bath collection of indomitable 19th century geologist

Read about a set of remarkably preserved fossils, rediscovered in Bath after almost two centuries, and the life of Charles Moore - the Victorian geologist behind them.

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