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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.


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Devonport Dockyard, and its warships are visible on some of these trips. The Naval Dockyard is also open for viewing on a couple of days each year, and for those with an interest in this side of history it is well worth timing your Plymouth visit to coincide with an Open Day here. For relaxation, the city boasts open parkland, theatres and cinemas, but also holds many festivals throughout the year, welcoming visitors and locals alike. The British Firework Championships is one of the best of these, drawing a huge crowd each year.

National Marine Aquarium
This world class aquarium is located near the harbour. There are sharks here that get fed by visitors three times a week, as well as plenty of varieties of all freshwater and seawater marine life. (01752 600 301)

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)

Prysten House
This former church house is now a museum depicting a model of Plymouth from 1620. (01752 661 414)

Plymouth Dome
Models and audio visuals take you through the history of Plymouth.(01752 603 300)

Smeaton’s Tower
This highly recognisable red and white striped lighthouse offers great views if you take the 93 steps to the top.




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