South West England & Channel Islands

Why study English in South West England?

The South West of England is famous for its green lands, elegant cities, myths and mysteries. English magazine Country Life ran a national survey to decide which English county most English people would choose to live in. Top of the list was Devon, which you'll find in South West England.

The region's cities include Bristol and Bath, which are near to Wales. Then there is Exeter and Plymouth, which are further south.

City life

The South West may be more well-known for its greenery and outdoor life, but it has moved with the times too.

In Exeter and Bath you'll find some of the best shopping outside London. Bristol is an important creative business centre. There are artistic communities in St Ives, Totnes and Dartington, and Newquay is undoubtedly the UK capital of surfing.

Exploring

There's a timeless, mesmerising fascination about the South West of England. Not surprisingly, many writers have used the region in which to base their stories.

The English Riviera in the south has 22 miles of coastline with 20 beaches and coves, and the South West Coastal footpath is a fantastic way of enjoying the dramatic scenery and unique wildlife. Sea lovers can also explore the Channel Islands, where you can enjoy the busy capitals - Jersey's St Helier and Guernsey's St Peter Port - and enjoy coastline routes, beaches and unique history.

Inland, visitor attractions like Stonehenge, Bath's Roman baths and Cornwall's Eden Project shouldn't be missed. And, at the heart of Devon is Dartmoor, a vast and unspoilt open space, and one of the first areas in Britain to be designated a National Park.

The South West has a number of food and drink specialities that are worth looking out for. As well as the seafood, there are Cornish pasties, cream teas (scones, jam and clotted cream) and Scrumpy cider.

Living

Some parts of the region enjoy more sunshine hours than anywhere else in the British Isles. Torquay, Paignton and Brixham enjoy long drawn out summers with milder winters than in the rest of Britain.

The South West is great for outdoor sports. It's safe. It's green. And, the schools are some of the best in the country.