The South West
The South West region is one of the nine official regions of England. It consists of Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, including the Isles of Scilly. Major towns and cities in the region include Bristol, Plymouth, Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Exeter, Bath, Truro and Bournemouth. Agriculture and Tourism are the major employers in the west of the region which is less prosperous in general than the east of the region, due in part to the better transport links to London enjoyed by the latter. In Bristol, Swindon and the M4 corridor the economy centres on aeronautics, defence, telecommunications, electronics, technology and IT. The region is famous for being home to Stonehenge, Glastonbury, the Eden Project and a wealth of stunning beaches and countryside.
Famous people born in the south West: Ben Ainslie, multiple Olympic sailing gold medallist and Agatha Christie, novelist/crime writer