The Local Area

Villages, Towns & Cities

There is such a wide range of cities, towns and villages to discover in the South West; from historic towns with cobbled streets, to seaside settlements, modern cities, and quaint fishing villages. Whatever your criteria is for a day’s adventure, you’re sure to find the perfect place! From the seaside towns of Watchet and Seaton, to the ancient city of Wells, and the fast-growing cities of Exeter and Bristol… you won’t fall short of options nearby!

City of Wells

The medieval city of Wells is packed full of stunning architecture, monuments, heritage, culture, independent shops, and markets… all just waiting to be discovered! With over 300 listed buildings, stroll through the cobbled streets and absorb all the history, pop in to local shops to see the local crafts and arts on offer, and try the region’s traditional food and drink in the many cafes, pubs and tearooms. Spots you must visit include the famous West Front of Wells Cathedral, Vicar’s Close (one of the oldest inhabited streets in Europe), Wells and Mendip Museum, and the regular festivals that celebrate local culture and put Wells on the map!


As the fastest growing city in the South West, Exeter has so much to offer those visiting for the day. For those on the hunt for some retail therapy, Exeter’s high street is one of the most popular in the county for shopping, thriving with well-known retailers, restaurants, cafes and pubs. If you’re a history buff, then there’s thousands of years of history to discover in Exeter, with the Cathedral and surrounding cobbled alleys being an excellent starting point. For entertainment, the city boasts several cinemas and theatres, as well as plenty of live music venues. Keep your eyes peeled ahead of your visit for all the market days, live music, and other events that keep the city centre so busy all year round. 


Bursting with character and history, and with so many attractions and natural sites to discover, Bristol is fast-becoming one of the most popular cities to visit in the UK. Nestled in the green hills of South West England, you couldn’t possibly see all of Bristol in one day, so we’ve gathered some of our favourite attractions to start knocking off that list… If it’s a rainy day; head to Bristol Aquarium, Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Aerospace Bristol, or Bristol Museum and Art Gallery! When the sun is shining; head outdoors to visit the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo, Ashton Court Estate, or Bristol Cathedral!


Just 19 miles away is the vibrant, harbour town of Watchet on the West Somerset coast. Looking out across the Bristol Channel, the town is sandwiched by unspoilt views of the Welsh Coastline, and the green backdrop of Exmoor National Park and the Quantock Hills. The rolling cliffs and shoreline attract geologists and fossil hunters from all over, whilst the busy sea port with a rich history attracts visitors of all kinds. The town also boats three museums, several art galleries, local craft shops, a weekly market, and plenty of cafes, restaurants, and pubs to enjoy.


Sitting in the heart of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, the seaside town of Seaton has so much to offer and is just over 20 miles from us at Cosy Barn! Hunt for fossils on the beach with the white cliffs towering above, browse the shops for locally made goods and produce, visit the famous Seaton Tramway for an unforgettable ride through unspoilt countryside, or stick to the basics with a glorious day under the sun on the beach! With plenty of cafes, pubs and shops dotted around the town, you won’t struggle for food and drink, so pack your bags and make a day of it! 

Clovelly Village

The romantic fishing village of Clovelly is nestled in the green coastline of North Devon, and is perfect for a day out with your family and friends. Due to the village’s history, its busy calendar of events, and the incredible views over the Bristol Channel; Clovelly is a major tourist attraction, so it’s worth getting down early! Walk the cobbled streets that lead to the turquoise waters, marvel at the stunning fishing cottages, and browse the independent shops for all the local produce and fresh fish on offer! If you’re visiting in the summer, then keep an eye out for the village’s famous lobster festival!