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Look here to find quizzes about the delightful counties of southwestern England - Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.
29 Southwest England quizzes and 300 Southwest England trivia questions.
The Magic of Cornwall
  The Magic of Cornwall   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
There is certainly something special about the English county of Cornwall. Famous for such culinary delicacies as seafood, pasties and clotted cream, what else do you know about its many attractions?
Easier, 10 Qns, stedman, Oct 21 15
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1389 plays
A Pictorial Tour of the Wye Valley
  A Pictorial Tour of the Wye Valley   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
From the eighteenth century, a visit following the course of the River Wye has been popular with tourists. As I lived in Ross for many years, I'll be your guide for this tour. Photos can hardly do it justice, but I'll try.
Average, 10 Qns, rossian, May 04 20
rossian editor
May 04 20
292 plays
The Cream of Cornwall
  The Cream of Cornwall   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Cornwall has rugged cliffs, wild moors, cream teas and lots of history. These are some of my favourite places in the county.
Average, 10 Qns, Christinap, Nov 13 13
583 plays
Dorset Dumplings
  Dorset Dumplings   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Dorset is my home county, and people native to it are called Dorset Dumplings. Here is a quick tour round some of the interesting parts.
Average, 10 Qns, Christinap, Jul 25 19
Jul 25 19
725 plays
A Pictorial Journey Around South West England
  A Pictorial Journey Around South West England   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
This, my first photo quiz, takes us on a tour around a number of points of interest in the counties of Devon and Cornwall in the glorious south west of England. I hope that you enjoy it!
Average, 10 Qns, SisterSeagull, Jul 28 16
SisterSeagull gold member
436 plays
  It's a Magical Mystery Tour of Cornwall!   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In 1967 the Beatles filmed parts of their 'Magical Mystery Tour' in Cornwall. Take this quiz to join your own tour of this beautiful English county.
Easier, 10 Qns, Fifiona81, Sep 06 13
Fifiona81 editor
560 plays
  Bath Time!   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The beautiful city of Bath in south-west England is well worth a visit - here's a quiz on some of the sights you can expect to see there.
Average, 10 Qns, Fifiona81, Jul 04 17
Fifiona81 editor
Jul 04 17
359 plays
  Well, it's Home to Me   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Sure, Cornwall is the darling of the south-west, but Somerset's not so bad. It's not quite a whirlwind tour, but let's have a little amble around Somerset together.
Average, 10 Qns, malik24, Apr 14 19
Apr 14 19
342 plays
  It's Delightful... It's Dangerous... It's Dartmoor   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A short quiz on what is generally considered to be southern England's only remaining true wilderness, the granite massif that is Dartmoor.
Average, 10 Qns, SisterSeagull, Aug 16 15
SisterSeagull gold member
222 plays
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
A quiz about the historic cathedral city of Salisbury.
Average, 15 Qns, se01dct, Jun 03 11
329 plays
trivia question Quick Question
What food is Devon famous for?

From Quiz "An Attractive English County"

  Welcome to Lundy Island   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Stuck out in the middle of the Bristol Channel, twelve miles off the north coast of Devon, Lundy Island is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life.
Average, 10 Qns, stedman, Feb 15 11
stedman editor
265 plays
  The Plymouth Connection    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is my third quiz about Plymouth, this time largely about people who had a connection with Plymouth. Some of them were just passing through but they were all famous.
Average, 10 Qns, invinoveritas, Nov 27 11
invinoveritas gold member
473 plays
  Forest of Dean Magic!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I would like to introduce you to my homeland in The Forest of Dean. It is the remains of an ancient Royal hunting forest. I hope you will be inspired to visit.
Average, 10 Qns, Wetandsoggy, Mar 19 20
Mar 19 20
162 plays
  Plymouth: People and Places    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Plymouth, in Devon, is my home town, and its history goes back many hundreds of years. It's a garrison town, known mainly for its connections with the Royal Navy, but it is also surrounded by military forts. I hope you find this quiz interesting.
Average, 10 Qns, invinoveritas, Nov 20 11
invinoveritas gold member
679 plays
  More about Plymouth - slightly more obscure    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Plymouth is set between the Dartmoor National Park to the north, Cornwall to the west, the sea to the south - and the rest of England to the east! This is a mixed quiz about Plymouth and Plymothians.
Average, 10 Qns, invinoveritas, Dec 01 11
invinoveritas gold member
900 plays
  Famous Cities: Bath    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Time to see how much you know about the ancient city of Bath!
Tough, 10 Qns, jelly1000, Jan 26 13
948 plays
  The Journey Of A Thousand Words   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten questions; a journey around the South West Coastal path in exactly one thousand words... Although not including the title, this introduction or its conclusion! I hope you enjoy it.
Average, 10 Qns, SisterSeagull, Dec 05 14
SisterSeagull gold member
293 plays
  A Wander around Wansdyke   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Wansdyke is the area of North East Somerset surrounding Bath. It was one of the six districts of the county of Avon which existed from 1974 to 1996. Come for a trip around the area and see what you know about this little corner of the world.
Average, 10 Qns, jules44, May 27 09
312 plays
  Cornwall - One and All    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I have lived in Cornwall all my life. Here is a quiz on this rural county in England.
Average, 10 Qns, sahara1977, May 20 12
1085 plays
  North Devon    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Most people think of Exeter and Plymouth when they think of Devon, but there exists a whole different county in the north!
Tough, 10 Qns, ArleneRimmer, Oct 26 12
983 plays
  The City of Bristol, UK    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Bristol is both a historic city and a current happening place. See how well you know it!
Average, 10 Qns, spyro, Apr 26 11
1554 plays
  Cornwall: Land of Giants    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Covering England's most westerly county. Holidaymakers, residents and strangers - see how much you know!
Average, 15 Qns, Masterdog, Sep 10 14
1297 plays
  An Attractive English County    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The county of Devon (Devonshire) is surely the most attractive in the United Kingdom, attracting thousands of visits every year.
Average, 10 Qns, Britishlad101, May 28 22
May 28 22
1409 plays
  10 Questions: Devon Multiple Choice Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Devon is a lovely county in the south of the UK. It's been my home for 21 years and here are a few questions on this fine country's 'greatest county'.
Average, 10 Qns, snoop2003, Dec 11 16
1179 plays
  Cornish Questions    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a relatively simple quiz about all aspects of Cornwall. It is a great place to live and hopefully, this quiz will prove how much history and interesting things Cornwall has to offer!
Average, 10 Qns, Cara Splash, Aug 14 13
Cara Splash
1321 plays
  Famous Cornish Places   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
My home Cornwall is Britain's most southwesterly county. It has beautiful beaches, rugged scenery and a fascinating variety of places for you to identify.
Average, 10 Qns, enwrigpd, Feb 16 21
Feb 16 21
819 plays
  Devon Test    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
From north coast to south coast, Devon spreads across the south-west peninsula - there's no-where quite like it. Test your knowledge of the county, especially its south-west corner.
Tough, 10 Qns, Saranna, Mar 19 05
1019 plays
  Exeter (Devon, England)    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz on the historic city of Exeter, nestled in the heart of Devon, England.
Average, 10 Qns, Xandee, May 04 10
685 plays
  Plymouth - Smeaton's Tower    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about Smeaton's Tower? Take this quiz and find out! Smeaton's Tower is in Plymouth in England. In the county of Devon.
Tough, 10 Qns, Becky2705, Jun 30 18
Jun 30 18
384 plays

Southwest England Trivia Questions

1. The Forest of Dean is an area in which country of the UK?

From Quiz
Forest of Dean Magic!

Answer: England

The Forest of Dean sits at the western edge of the county of Gloucestershire. It is on the border of England and Wales and has nearby boundaries of the river Wye and the river Severn.

2. Somerset has a rich history and has changed hands several times. Which Roman legate and future emperor invaded Somerset in 43 AD and claimed the region, which was held by Rome until around 409 AD?

From Quiz Well, it's Home to Me

Answer: Vespasian

Somerset's history dates back to the Paleolithic Era. There are bones from Gough's Cave dating back to 12,000 BC, with flint tools suggesting an ancestor of modern man inhabited the lands as far back as 500,000 BC. The Iron Age tribes Dobrunni, Durotriges and Dumnonii were some examples of pre-Roman peoples. In 43 AD, the Roman legate and future emperor Vespasian invaded Somerset and claimed the region until around 409 AD where their occupation ended and they had to leave. It was then the Anglo-Saxons who eventually laid claim to Somerset, with King Ine of Wessex claiming Somerset in his Wessex territory in the 7th Century AD. Somerset's boundaries have remained largely the same since medieval times. Edward III proclaimed in 1373 that Bristol should exist as its own county separate from Gloucester (later Gloucestershire) and Somerset. In 2017, the county was the seventh largest in area but the 22nd largest (of 48) in population.

3. The city of Bath takes its name from a set of actual baths, begun by the Romans in the 1st century AD. However, you wouldn't have seen the name 'Bath' on a Roman map as they used which Latin name for their spa?

From Quiz Bath Time!

Answer: Aquae Sulis

The name Aquae Sulis can be translated into English as "the waters of Sulis" - Sulis being the Roman goddess associated with the area's natural thermal springs. The Romans capitalised on this natural phenomena to build an increasingly complex suite of public baths on the site over the 300 years that they controlled England. In addition to the caldarium, or hot bath, whose water was supplied by the thermal springs, the Romans were also able to wallow in a tepidarium (or warm bath) or take a very quick dip in a frigidarium (a cold bath). The site was also a temple to Sulis and Roman bath-goers would throw small tablets into the water carved with their message or plea to the goddess. After the Romans left England in the 5th century, Bath's Roman baths were gradually built over and redeveloped. However, the hot springs meant that the city has remained a fashionable spa resort. It was particularly popular with the upper classes in the Georgian era and much of the city's famous architecture dates from the period. In the 21st century, people can still visit the city to take a swim in the natural hot water - although not in the Roman baths, the remains of which are now housed in a museum and whose somewhat murky water is best suited to being photographed by tourists. The incorrect options were all Roman names for other English cities - Deva Victrix was Chester, Verulanium was St. Albans and Durolipons became Cambridge.

4. If a walker was to cover one square mile of Dartmoor each day, approximately how long would it take him or her to cover Dartmoor's entire area?

From Quiz It's Delightful... It's Dangerous... It's Dartmoor

Answer: One year

The Dartmoor National Park covers an area of 368 square miles or 954 square kilometres. The highest point on Dartmoor is High Willhayes at just over 2,000 feet above sea level and its lowest point, Doghole Bridge, is at a mere 98 feet above sea level. Over 50% of Dartmoor's total area lies at just under 1000 feet above sea level.

5. At which Somerset town does the coastal path begin its route?

From Quiz The Journey Of A Thousand Words

Answer: Minehead

We start our 630 mile walk just west of the Somerset town of Minehead, a popular seaside destination for the wealthy since Victorian times. As we travel west on the seaward side of Exmoor we are traversing sections of some of the highest coastline in England, rising in places to just over one thousand feet. If you are fortunate, you may encounter some of the local wildlife here which includes the nightjar and the Dartford warbler as well as both Exmoor ponies and red deer.

6. In Plymouth, who, or what, is the Four-Faced Deceiver?

From Quiz The Plymouth Connection

Answer: Derry's Clock

Derry's Clock was given to the city in 1862 by the Mayor, William Derry. It got its nickname because on each of its four sides there is a water fountain - but no water. The fact that all of its four clocks have been known to tell a different time might also have something to do with it.

7. Cornwall lies to the west of Plymouth, separated from it by the River Tamar. There are several ways you can cross the Tamar, including the Torpoint Ferry, the Saltash Bridge and the railway bridge. Who built the latter?

From Quiz More about Plymouth - slightly more obscure

Answer: Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Brunel's bridge, known as the Royal Albert Bridge, was built in 1859 and still carries the mainline across from Plymouth to Cornwall. He was also the engineer of the Great Western Railway and constructed all the tunnels, bridges and viaducts on the line as well as designing revolutionary ships and bridges elsewhere.

8. The City of Plymouth was originally three separate towns which became amalgamated in 1914. Two of the original towns were Plymouth and East Stonehouse. Do you know the name of the third town?

From Quiz Plymouth: People and Places

Answer: Devonport

Devonport, before WW2, had one of the best shopping areas in Plymouth, but much of it was absorbed into the Naval Dockyard when the South Yard was expanded. Recently the Admiralty has released this area for public use again, and there is a lot of redevelopment happening all around Devonport. The three towns, once amalgamated, were known as Plymouth, and City status was awarded in 1928.

9. Most visitors to Lundy Island get there by means of a passenger ferry from the Devon mainland. What is the name of this vessel?

From Quiz Welcome to Lundy Island

Answer: MV Oldenburg

The Motor Vessel Oldenburg was constructed in 1958 and originally operated in Germany, before being sold to the Lundy Company in 1985. In bad weather, the Oldenburg is sometimes unable to land on Lundy, and overnight visitors have been known to become stranded for several days until the weather improves. A helicopter service has also been introduced which can function when the boat can't, thus removing some of the fun.

10. What is the largest town that was once the administrative centre of the region?

From Quiz A Wander around Wansdyke

Answer: Keynsham

Keynsham (pronounced Cane-sham), was named after a fifth century holy woman, St Keyne (Keyna). It has a population of around 15,000 and is located roughly halfway between the cities of Bath and Bristol. A certain notoriety was achieved in the 1960s with Radio Luxembourg spelling the name out as the pronunciation does not make the spelling obvious.

11. Who were the first known occupants of Bath?

From Quiz Famous Cities: Bath

Answer: The Celts

The city is famous for its Roman Baths, but before the Roman invasion of Britain in 43AD, Bath was a Celtic city dedicated to the Goddess Sulis, who was said to keep the waters of the hot springs sacred.

12. What is the administrative centre of Cornwall?

From Quiz Cornwall - One and All

Answer: Truro

Truro is the only city in Cornwall. It has a bowling alley, loads of good restaurants and shops.

13. When was Smeaton's Tower built on the Hoe?

From Quiz Plymouth - Smeaton's Tower

Answer: 1882

Eddystone lighthouse was built in 1759, but was then moved to the Hoe and was re-built there in 1882.

14. What famous early mediaeval text was found in Devon?

From Quiz Devon

Answer: The Exeter Book

Discovered in Exeter Cathedral, this is a treasury of Anglo-Saxon riddles and poetry which greatly extended our knowledge of early mediaeval literature.

15. What is Cornwall most famous for mining?

From Quiz Cornish Questions

Answer: Tin

Cornwall mined tin between the 1700's and the recent past, but it was at its peak during the Industrial Revolution. South Crofty was the last tin mine to close, in 1998.

16. 'Devon North' had a famous Member of Parliament in the 1970s - who was this?

From Quiz North Devon

Answer: Jeremy Thorpe

Jeremy was the leader of the Liberal Party for many years, and was tipped by some to be the next Prime Minister when a scandal broke around him. At the next election the Conservatives won the seat, to hold it until 1992 when the Liberal Democrats won it back again.

17. Which fair (fayre) did Uncle Tom Cobleigh go to?

From Quiz An Attractive English County

Answer: Widdicombe

Tom Pearce, Tom Pearce, lend me your grey mare, All along, down along, out along lee, For I want for to go to Widdicombe Fair, With Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Day, Daniel Whiddon, Harry Hawk Old Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all Old Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all!

18. Which explorer sailed from Bristol when he discovered Newfoundland?

From Quiz The City of Bristol, UK

Answer: John Cabot

There is a tower in Bristol named after this famous Italian explorer.

19. What do the residents of the Forest of Dean call themselves?

From Quiz Forest of Dean Magic!

Answer: Foresters

The forest area is not as extensive as it once was, and few people now work exclusively as a forester, however the term is still used to describe a resident.

20. The city of Bath is located about 20 kilometres (12 miles) south-east of Bristol in which ceremonial English county?

From Quiz Bath Time!

Answer: Somerset

Although Bath is the largest city in Somerset (nearby Bristol was declared a county in its own right by King Edward III in 1373), it is not the area's county town - an honour that falls to Taunton instead. The only other city in Somerset is Wells, which is home to a very large cathedral but has a relatively small population. Ceremonial counties play little role in England's modern system of local government. Instead, a range of metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties have county councils with responsibility for providing services to local residents. Although these latter types of county may share a name with the more traditional ceremonial areas, they often do not cover the same geographic area. Although the city of Bath is included in the ceremonial version of Somerset, it is not part of the non-metropolitan county of Somerset. In 1996, Bath instead became part of the Unitary Authority of Bath and North-East Somerset. Devon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire are three of the four ceremonial English counties that border Somerset (excluding the city of Bristol). The fourth is Dorset.

21. A famous writer briefly practised medicine in Plymouth in 1882. Who was he?

From Quiz The Plymouth Connection

Answer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Born in Scotland in 1859, Doyle studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. In 1882 he set up a medical practice in Plymouth with a classmate called George Budd, but it didn't work out, and Doyle left for Portsmouth. The rest is history.

22. Devon and Cornwall both had Stannary Towns. With what industry were they specifically associated?

From Quiz More about Plymouth - slightly more obscure

Answer: Tin Mining

The Stannary towns were established in the early 14th century, at a time when there was an enormous tin mining industry in the South West. They were active until the 19th century, when the tin mining industry began to decline. All tin had to be brought to the Stannary to be taxed and assessed. There were Stannary towns in Cornwall as well as Devon. The Devon Stannaries were Tavistock, Plympton St Maurice, Ashburton and Chagford.

23. Many visitors to Salisbury also visit this prehistoric monument. Thought to be over 4,000 years old, it is about eight miles north of Salisbury and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What is it?

From Quiz Salisbury

Answer: Stonehenge

One of the world's most famous manmade prehistoric sites, it is estimated that the construction of Stonehenge would have taken more than 30,000,000 hours of labour! Construction probably started around 3100BC, initially with just a ditch and bank before a wooden structure was added about 100 years later. Stones which appear to have come from South Wales were added in around 2600BC, although they may have been deposited closer to Stonehenge by glaciers. Over the next couple of hundred years the iconic Sarsen stones were added.

24. What range of hills forms the southern border of the region?

From Quiz A Wander around Wansdyke

Answer: Mendips

Whilst the northern part of the Mendips is in Wansdyke, now Bath and North East Somerset, the southern side is in Somerset and includes Cheddar Gorge and caves. The southern Cotswolds do cover part of the north-eastern area near Bath and the border with Wiltshire.

25. "Minack" in Cornish means a stony or rocky place. What open-air structure that uses this name is located near Lands End?

From Quiz Famous Cornish Places

Answer: The Minack Theatre

Rowena Cade planned and built this outdoor theatre which lies on the cliffs of Porthcurno Bay.

26. What was the Roman name for Bath?

From Quiz Famous Cities: Bath

Answer: Aquae Sulis

'Aquae Sulis' means waters of the goddess Sulis.

27. What three towns make up the main part of what is known as The English Riviera?

From Quiz Devon

Answer: Torquay, Paignton, Brixham

The three towns of Torbay are also collectively known as the English Riviera because of the supposed exceptionally warm climate in the summers, the sandy beaches, the blue seas and the number of yucca trees that can be see growing.

28. What is the name of the south-western area of Devon?

From Quiz Devon

Answer: The South Hams

Kingsbridge, at the head of the drowned valley known as the Salcombe estuary, is the capital of the South Hams, but it is the vast parish church at Ugborough under the shelter of the Moor, that is called its cathedral.

29. Which material is most closely associated with mining in the county, especially in Redruth and Camborne?

From Quiz Cornwall: Land of Giants

Answer: Tin

Tin mining in Cornwall only recently ceased in Cornwall with the closure of South Crofty. China clay is still mined in St Austell.

30. Barnstaple was a terrible traffic-jam area until the downstream bridge was built. When was this bridge opened?

From Quiz North Devon

Answer: May 2007

During WWII the Americans offered to build a downstream bridge because of the traffic probems they were causing in the town, but it was not until the twenty-first century that it was actually built and relieved the congestion in this busy market town.

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