South West England

South West England is the largest of the country’s nine official regions. It stretches from the Isles of Scilly at the south-westerly tip of the UK up through Cornwall and Devon to Gloucestershire and Wilshire at its easterly border. The largest cities in the region include Bristol, Bournemouth and Exeter. The National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor sit within South West England, with other key visitor attractions being Cornwall, with its beautiful beaches and fishing villages, Stonehenge, and the historic city of Bath.

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A harbour with colourful boats in Cornwall, South West England

Where is South West England?

South West England constitutes the region from the south-westerly tip of England (the Scilly Isles and Cornwall) up to Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Bournemouth in the east. It has the longest coastline of any English region (700+ miles), which overlooks the Bristol Channel, English Channel and Celtic Sea.

Population of South West England

The population of South West England was estimated at 5.6 million in 2019. Despite being the largest of England’s nine regions at 9,200 square miles, its population is one of the smallest.

South West England regions

South West England is made up of seven counties: Bristol, Cornwall (and the Isles of Scilly), Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. We take a look at these below.

Clifton Suspension bridge in Bristol, South West England

Bristol

Bristol is the largest city in South West England and is also one of the seven counties that make up the region. Bristol University and the University of the South West of England bring many students to the city, while media, electronics and aerospace industries are the main economic drivers in the city and surrounding areas.

Cornwall (incl. Isles of Scilly)

With its rich history of mining and fishing, Cornwall attracts thousands of visitors each year. It’s a favourite destination for many Brits holidaying in the UK, thanks to its mild climate and outstanding beaches and countryside. The only city in Cornwall is Truro and the region boasts its own language, which has seen a major revival since interest grew during the early 20th century.

Devon

Neighbour to Cornwall and great rival when it comes to cream teas (scones with jam and clotted cream), Devon is also a tourism hotspot. It boasts a similar landscape of moorlands, rugged coastlines and pretty fishing villages, with Exeter as its principal city. The collection of resort towns along its south coast have become known as the ‘English Riviera’.

Dorset

The ceremonial county of Dorset includes Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and Dorset. Dorchester is the county town but much of the region has a low population density, with more than half of its area designated an Area of outstanding Natural Beauty.

Bath in South West England

Gloucestershire

Named after its historic principal town Gloucester, Gloucestershire also includes the popular towns of Cheltenham, Cirencester and Stroud. It boasts large areas of outstanding natural beauty, including a large area of The Cotswolds, the Forest of Dean and the Severn Vale.

Somerset

A largely rural county, Somerset includes a wealth of beautiful landscapes, including those of the Mendip Hills, Quantocks and the Exmoor National Park. Somerset’s two cities are Wells and Bath – both of which boast historic cathedrals and the latter of which was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Wiltshire

Wiltshire is a landlocked county bordered by Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Somerset and Dorset. Trowbridge is the county town but the region is probably best-known for the ancient stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury, which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

South West England Cities

Bristol is the largest city in South West England, with a population of around 430,000 people. Other principal cities include Exeter, Bath, Gloucester, Bournemouth, Wells and Plymouth.

Reviews in South West England

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I love the fact that the facilities are regularly maintained and serviced.

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The location was central to transportation links, restaurants, African stores etc. The importance of these cannot be overemphasized

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I love the fact that the facilities are regularly maintained and serviced. Concierge services are top notch. Presence of a chute on every floor made discarding trash very convenient. The gym adequately and satisfactory addressed my fitness needs. The discount in Makoko was an added extra that came in very handy.

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Special appreciation goes to the staff who were always friendly and willing to assist. I wish I had known how friendly the staff and community were before moving in. Several communal activities were organized for us regularly.

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On numerous occasions, issues were promptly attended to and satisfactorily resolved

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Fantastic place to live with great management

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Review Date May 2024

Underground car park is excellent. Plus it’s only a short walk to temple meads station. Sainsbury’s round the corner for convenience.

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The team on reception and building management have been so helpful ever since we moved in. Any issues have been sorted soon after being raised. An example is that we recently had an issue with the washing machine. Paul was so quick at sorting it out and installing a new one. Thank you!

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The resident WhatsApp group is really helpful to join

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the maintenance team have quickly addressed all issues.

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Convenient area with parking availability

Review Date May 2024

Convenient area with parking availability, coffee shop in the building, very close to sainsburys. I would advise anyone in Bristol to stay at Box Makers Yard.

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From design to management, this property excels. The sleek design offers a modern aesthetic, complemented by top-notch facilities catering to residents’ needs. Building and property management are exemplary, ensuring a seamless living experience. Overall, a standout choice for those seeking comfort and convenience in their home.”

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One thing I wish I had known before moving in is how friendly and welcoming the community is here. It’s been a pleasant surprise to find such a supportive environment

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The building management, particularly the front of house Vilius, Micheal, Hailey, and the lettings team Naa, sharifa, and Klaudia have been incredibly responsive and helpful in addressing any problems or concerns raised.
They prioritize offering help to every resident and ensuring everyone’s needs are met

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Ok building, shoddy management

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Review Date May 2024

The local area is the best thing about canons gate. So much good food in a small area and lots of stuff to do.

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The building itself is fine. Security is good with many layers of protection. We find that there are many carpet moths in the building and we have a leak that has not been fixed since it was reported 3 years ago. Foxes regularly got into the bin stores and caused a mess.

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There is only 1 lift which would occasionally break down for days on end

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Carpet moths and leak into flat. Other tenants would leave rubbish in the stairwell

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