The South West of England is truly a hidden gem for many Australians, Kiwis, or Canadians that venture over to the UK. 

With beautiful hidden British towns, magnificent beaches, breath-taking national parks, alongside one of England’s coolest cities in Bristol (with an international airport), to only name a few places. There’s more than a lot to see!  

In the summer of 2020, when travelling overseas from the UK wasn’t the easiest of options – my partner & I, with a group of friends, decided to look locally & explore England’s South West.  

We had a 3-week road trip around the South West of England, spending time in Bristol, Cornwall, The Cotswolds, Devon, Dorset & Somerset. It ended up being easily one of my favourite trips during my 4 and a half years living in the UK.  

& Whilst a mainland European summer is a lot more accessible now, than it was then. If you are wanting to enjoy stunning beaches & national parks, vibrant towns & cities, without jumping on a plane, then you don’t need to look any further than England’s South West.   

It’s almost impossible to pick, but here are our top 5 spots you must see:  


One of the most vibrant places in England. A cultural & youth hub – home to many bars, cafes, artistic centers, Uni students & also the artist Bansky.  

Be sure to drop into our Bristol office & say G’day to the team! They really are a motley crew!  

Porthcurno, Cornwall 

With the feel of a Mediterranean beach & being almost the southernmost point on the mainland of England, you can easily mistake yourself & think you are at a beach in Southern France.  

Make sure you get there early in the day, as parking is limited & if unlucky you may miss out on a spot altogether. 

Durdle Door, Jurassic Coast 

Breath-taking… Is probably the easiest way to put it. 

Swimming underneath & around the Durdle Door during a sunset is a moment you’ll never forget.  

The Cotswold 

Rain, hail, snow, or shine. The Cotswold is a beautiful place to be. Each town is unique & beautiful in its own right! 

Two of my favourites are Upper & Lower Slaughter – places that sound like something from a horror movie but are two quintessential Cotswold towns.  

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Salcombe, Devon 

With water in almost every direction, it almost felt impossible to not enjoy Salcombe. Ferry transport can get you around between the different towns & beaches, ensure you bring a towel & allow for an entire day there!  

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Just missed the cut… But still notable mentions 

New Forest, Southwest Hampshire, and Southeast Wiltshire. 

Beer, Devon (Yes, there is a town in England called Beer)  

St Ives, Cornwall  


If you are thinking these places mentioned may sound like a place you want to live in, instead of just organising a holiday there.  

Please get in touch with our Team, & we discuss how we can support you to live & teach across the beautiful pastures of England’s Southwest!   

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