Bath - Bristol - St. Austell - St. Ives
Pristine beaches, picturesque fishing villages and more hours of sunshine than anywhere else on the British mainland; it’s easy to see why sunny South West England is one of the UKs most popular holiday destinations.
This 6-7 day tour takes in the pick of the region’s highlights, from the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath to the unmissable Minack Theatre in Cornwall.
Easily accessible by train and public transport, the best way to explore the region’s many delights is with a BritRail South West Pass.
Start your journey
The train from London Paddington to Bath Spa takes between 1 hour 25 minutes and 1 hour 40 minutes. From Bristol airport there is a bus to Bristol Temple Meads, then the train to Bath, which takes an hour.
For short trips, individual rail tickets can be booked in advance through the Trainline. For longer journeys, one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to explore Britain is with a BritRail Pass, which allows unlimited journeys and the freedom to explore. The BritRail South West Pass is the most cost-effective way to explore this part of Britain, and can be purchased on the VisitBritain shop.
|Name||Thermae Bath Spa|
|Profile||Thermae Bath Spa, Britain's only natural thermal spa, located in the historic city of Bath, offers traditional and state-of-the-art spa facilities. Guests can bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters, enjoy the Wellness Suite and a range of spa treatments designed to ease the body & soothe the mind.|
|Min - Max capacity:||1-10.|
|Private tours:||Yes. Tours must be requested in advance by calling Peter Rollins on 01225 328463|
|FIT or Groups:||Small groups|
|Name||Brunel's SS Great Britain|
|Profile||Bristol’s top-rated visitor attraction comprising the world’s first great ocean liner – the SS Great Britain as well as two museums, historic dockyard and dry dock. Visitors explore the ship, climb the rigging, step inside Brunel’s family dining room and discover how he changed the world.|
|Phone||0117 926 0680|
|Min - Max capacity:||Self-guided visits - no minimum or maximum. Guided tours can be pre-booked for a maximum of 25 people per guide (additional cost).|
|Frequency:||Pre-booked tours available. Otherwise free sale of self-guided visits.|
|FIT or Groups:||FIT and groups welcome.|
|Translation:||German, French, Spanish, Chinese|
|Name||The Lost Gardens of Heligan|
|Profile||On Monday 16th February 1990, The Lost Gardens of Heligan were rediscovered from the brambles of time. Today, Heligan remains one of the most loved and romantic gardens in the UK, appreciated as much for their beauty and mystery, as for the ground breaking restoration project - the largest in Europe. Over 200 acres are now a paradise for the explorer, wildlife, plant lover and garden romantic. Victorian Productive Gardens and Pleasure Grounds beckon along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. The Jungle takes you on a sub-tropical journey through bamboo tunnels and under majestic tree ferns, giant rhubarb and bananas whilst the estate reveals a lost world of traditional breeds, wildlife and ancient woodlands. Heligan is a garden for all seasons, so whether you plan to visit in the hazy buzz of mid-summer, or the tranquillity of winter, you are guaranteed a unique experience.|
|Name||St Austell Brewery|
|Category||Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues|
|Profile||Offering a new and interactive Brewing Experience, our Visit England accredited Visitor Centre reveals the secrets behind our award-winning ales and our 160 year-old brewing process, with tasters included.|
|Phone||+44 (0)1726 66022|
|Min - Max capacity:||Maximum group size for tour is normally 15, though we can accommodate larger groups|
|Frequency:||Easter to mid-October: Guided tours start on the hour, every hour from 10.00am - 4.00pm and last 90 minutes Mid-October to Easter: Tours run at 11.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm & 3.00pm|
|FIT or Groups:||Both|
|Extra information:||Last entry at 4pm. Please note that certain parts of this tour are not suitable for anyone with reduced mobility. Children are welcome.|
|Name||The Minack Theatre|
|Profile||The Minack is a unique theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean. We put on a full programme of drama, musicals and opera every summer, together with music, comedy and story-telling. We are open all year round for you to come and explore this amazing place and discover the incredible story of Rowena Cade who created the theatre. We look forward to welcoming you.|
|FIT or Groups:||Both|
Return to London Paddington
For those exploring Britain by train, a BritRail Pass is the easiest and most cost-effective way to travel. For a single fixed price, pass holders can make unlimited train journeys around the whole country or a region of their choice. BritRail tickets are exclusive to overseas visitors so they will need to buy their ticket before they arrive in the UK.