From resorts to ancient ruins
- Created: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:46
Melanie Butler takes a trip through England’s South West to discover what makes the picturesque and historic region a perfect language study destination
The South West of England has long been a favourite holiday destination of the British and offers a picture-postcard vision of Britain: ancient ruins, seaside resorts, historic market towns, cathedral cities – and of course the famous cream teas. Officially starting where Bournemouth ends, the region encompasses five counties – Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. So let’s explore the region, visiting all the locations of English UK South West member schools, to discover why Brits love it so much.
Driving due north from Bournemouth, we first come to the cathedral town of Salisbury – a hop, skip and a jump from the ancient monument of Stonehenge – well known for its street markets, arts centres and charming individual shops. One of the most famous tourist attractions in the area is Longleat, a stately home and safari park just outside the historic market town of Warminster, in the Wylie Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty. To the south-west, in the county of Dorset, lies Sherborne, one of Britain’s most beautiful medieval towns, with its ancient abbey, two castles and cluster of historic schools.