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.

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First Dartmoor stone circle discovery in more than a century fits prehistoric pattern, say archaeologists

Radiocarbon dating on the highest circle ever found in southern England suggests the stones were upright around 4,000 years ago, say archaeologists on Dartmoor.

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Postcards, photos, Great Trilithon toasting forks and Spinal Tap: Stonehenge as tourist attraction

A new exhibition at Stonehenge, Wish You Were Here!, looks at the history of the famous stone circle as a tourist attraction via an array of fascinating photographs, postcards and objects. Here are ten of them.

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Beautiful storytelling - Viking Voyagers launches in most important show ever held at National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Take a look at some of the star objects from the new exhibition in Cornwall, including loans from the British Museum and Denmark and a theatrical recreation of a beach market.

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Devon fields could have been prehistoric camp and Romano-British roundhouse, say archaeologists

Dr Sam Wells, of Southwest Archaeology, on the two-week excavation which has revealed centuries of archaeology in Devon - sparked by a detectorist's Google Earth detective work.

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Best-preserved Magna Carta goes on show at Salisbury Cathedral for Magna Carta 800

Salisbury Cathedral’s copy of Magna Carta is re-housed in a dramatic new display for their Magna Carta: Spirit of Justice, Power of Words exhibition opening for Magna Carta 800.

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Archaeologists compare site to Pompeii after finding Bodica tombstone in Cirencester

Neil Holbrook, of Cotswold Archaeology, says the discovery of a Roman inscription in Gloucestershire is "without doubt" the highlight of his archaeological career.

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Book that helped Henry VIII annul his marriage and challenge the Pope discovered in Cornwall

A book that helped Henry VIII to build his case against the Pope and annul his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, has been discovered at the National Trust’s Lanhydrock in Cornwall.

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Archaeologists find 15 skeletons at "absolutely amazing" roadside site of Devon's largest Roman cemetery

The Portable Antiquities Scheme and experts from the University of Exeter say a huge Roman settlement at Ipplepen could transform their understanding of life in the south-west 2,000 years ago.

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Archaeologists produce guidebooks for divers to Bristol Channel Civil War ship which sank 151 years ago

Wessex Archaeology has produced four guides to the SS Iona II, with divers encouraged to apply for a licence from English Heritage and take photos of the wreck.

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