Plymouth has a proud past, closely linked to the country’s naval history. Plymouth Hoe links the city back to the 1600s, with Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse, the Royal Citadel, built to defend Plymouth against invaders, and several war memorials, including the National Armada Memorial. The city itself has many cobbled streets, giving a historical feel throughout, and many old buildings spread around.
The Barbican area is particularly of interest; the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from here to America, and their departure is commemorated by the Mayflower Steps. Boat trips along the Sound and the Tamar River depart from here, and are a wonderful way to spend a few hours.
Plymouth Gin Distillery
Plymouth is synonymous with gin, this spirit has been produced her for over 200 years. You can go on a guided tour here as well as have a taste. (01752 665 292)
This former church house is now a museum depicting a model of Plymouth from 1620. (01752 661 414)
Models and audio visuals take you through the history of Plymouth.(01752 603 300)
This highly recognisable red and white striped lighthouse offers great views if you take the 93 steps to the top.