the Waterfront City, shaped the lives of Drake, the Pilgrim Fathers, Darwin,
Cook and many more who set sail from her harbour with
their own 'Spirit of Discovery'.
Visit Plymouth and start your voyage of discovery by visiting the spectacular
Plymouth Hoe, where Drake played his famous game of bowls. Climb up Plymouth's
best known landmark, Smeaton's Tower Lighthouse and enjoy the most breathtaking
view over Plymouth Sound and, when you have got your breath back, call in
at Plymouth Dome to embark on a stunning voyage through four centuries of
Plymouth's maritime past. At the Dome you can purchase tickets for guided
tours of the Royal Citadel, England's principal 17th Century fortress built
by King Charles II to guard the harbour from invasion from the sea (but
with guns pointing towards the city because its citizens dared to join the
Roundhead cause against King Charles II).
In the Elizabethan Barbican, where Plymouth's rich history comes alive,
you can visit the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for
America and nearby Island House, now the Tourist Information Centre, where
some of the Mayflower's passengers stayed. A plaque giving a full list of
all those who made the epic voyage to the New World is on display. In New
Street the Elizabethan House is a rare survival of a Tudor Sea Captain's
timber frame dwelling, whilst the 200 year old Blackfriars Distillery is
home of the real 'Spirit of Plymouth' - Plymouth Gin! The area is also the
location for Plymouth's newest attractions - the Barbican Glassworks, situated
in the beautifully restored old fish market, and the spectacular National
Marine Aquarium. The narrow streets of the Barbican hold an array of individual
and unique shops, the area being a mecca for art lovers with the many galleries
particularly favouring the works of local artists.
The modern pedestrianised city centre, with its floral displays, water features
and the largest range of shops in the region, is a delight for shoppers.
There are street cafĂ©s and children's play areas, whilst ample seating allows
shoppers to rest their feet and enjoy the exciting street entertainment.
With its unique location between Dartmoor, the last great wilderness of
Southern England, and the mellow South Devon coast, Plymouth is an ideal
base for venturing into the countryside or onto the water. There are frequent
boat trips departing from the Barbican and a trip on the lovely Tamar Valley
Line railway is a must. Plymouth is blessed by the close proximity of a
number of beautiful and historic houses like Drake's home at Buckland Abbey
and the magnificent George II mansion of Saltram House (featured in the
Oscar winning film Sense and Sensibility).
If it is entertainment you are looking for, Plymouth is the home of one
of the best theatres in the country, the Theatre Royal, with a top class
programme ranging from drama to musicals. Plymouth Pavilions is the major
regional venue for both pop and classical concerts, top comedians and sporting
events. For the energetic the Pavilions also houses the Atlantis Leisure
Pool and the Swiss Lake Ice Rink! There is a wide variety of country and
waterside pubs in the area, some featuring live music, plus a wide range
of places to wine and dine, featuring food from around the world.
The city also has an excellent spread of accommodation ranging from small
and cosy guest houses to the luxury of three and four star hotels. Throughout
the city the visitor can discover a wealth of places to visit and things
to do, by day and by night, in sunshine and in showers. Plymouth has it