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Best places to stay in the Southwest

In case you didn’t know, Southwest England is home to some of the UK’s most charming holiday destinations. With a vast expanse of countryside, coastlines and beautiful counties to explore, you are spoilt for choices when it comes to choosing a place to stay in the Southwest.


The city of Bristol is known for its bright culture and bustling community making it one of the most desirable places to visit. There are a number of accomodation options within Bristol from serviced apartments to quirky lodges and more. When venturing out of your accommodation, you won’t be short of things to do, with a town centre packed full of shopping centres, restaurants and bars you’ll need at least a week to see everything the city has to offer. The events calendar in Bristol is also pretty jam packed, with a range of festivals and carnivals filling up nearly every weekend, there is even the annual meeting of Europe’s largest gathering of hot air balloons.


Often referred to as the jewel of the South West, Bath is a mix of classic Georgian architecture and contemporary food scene. In Bath you get the best of both worlds, being able to step back in time and take a trip to the Roman Baths or head out to the endless modern restaurants and bars lining the streets. There is always something going on in Bath, from their world renowned Christmas markets right up to the annual Bath carnival. Whatever you like to shop for, Bath also has a huge range of well known highstreet and designer options, right down to the smallest little businesses meaning everyone will find something that they like.


Stepping away from the larger cities that the South West has to offer, voted as the Times ‘Best Places to Live in Britain” is Frome, a welcoming little town in Somerset. Jam packed with historic buildings, independent shops and creative events, although it is small there is always something to do. On the first Sunday of each month the Frome Market comes to town, showcasing the best food, drink, talent and creatives of the town. Choosing Frome as a place to stay in the Southwest will give you a taste of the eclectic town whilst also being in reach of some larger cities such as Bath and Bristol which are easily accessible by car or public transport.


When deciding on a place to stay in the Southwest, Exeter should be a location in the running. It has everything you could want from a typical English city including a buzzing highstreet, contemporary shopping centres as well as independent cosy cafes and bars. In the heart of the city is the stunning Exeter Cathedral which is thought to be over 900 years old and is adorned with intriguing gothic architecture. Still active to this day, the Cathedral holds several services daily to visit including choirs and other events.

The Southwest is home to a number of beautiful towns and cities to stay in, here is a list of a few firm favourites.

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