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The port city of Plymouth, on the sunny south coast of England, is known for its maritime history and important Royal Naval base. The memorial at Mayflower Steps marks the place that the pilgrim fathers set sail to discover the New World, 400 years ago. Today, it's a modern attraction-laden city with a burgeoning student population that helps keep it creative and diverse. By day, you can explore its seafaring history or make a little yourself, out on the water in kayaks or yachts. As night draws in, you can dive into the city's waterfront district to try out one of the hot new restaurants, or go bar-hopping, following the sounds of live music emanating from the trendy cocktail joints and cosy pubs. Throw in some magnificent parks, a whole bunch of museums and galleries, a smattering of theatres and a gin distillery, and you've got the makings of a great weekend ahead.
The bed and breakfasts in Plymouth are dotted across the city and, in recent years, have updated to match their hotel counterparts. Some are housed in the historic homes down along the waterfront, others in brick-built Victorian terraces that line the city's streets. If you're looking for something a little flashier, try one of the city crash-pad apartments in the centre or one of the luxurious boutique B&Bs. Whichever you pick, you're assured bags of character and welcoming owners, whose local knowledge will help you discover the city like an insider. Take a look at the listings on Expedia, where you can scroll through the descriptions and photos of every Plymouth bed and breakfast to find your perfect match, then book it with just a few clicks.
When you've checked into your room, you'll find all the amenities you might expect from a hotel, like facilities for making hot drinks, ensuite bathrooms and storage for your belongings. If you've got particular needs or wants, like free parking spots or rooms that welcome pets, you won't have any trouble finding them on Expedia. The tradition of a homemade full English breakfast served in B&Bs is still going strong, but today you'll find healthy options, too, like yogurt, granola and fruit. Either way, a good breakfast is the perfect start to a day spent hitting Plymouth's attractions. After you've had your fill of Plymouth, why not make the urban sprawl of Bristol the next stop on your tour of the UK?
Come rain or shine, you're spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do near your Plymouth bed and breakfast. A good starting point is Plymouth Hoe, a spacious 19th-century park dotted with a lighthouse, war memorials and some great views. Next stop could be the Royal Citadel, the 16th-century coastal fortress built by the explorer, Sir Francis Drake, or Saltram House, just a few miles outside the city, which houses a superb collection of artwork, including works by Joshua Reynolds. If you've brought the kids, they'll love the National Marine Aquarium, where they can spot more than 70 sharks in the large tanks, among other marine life.
It's not all about the city attractions, though. Just outside, the gorgeous Devon coastline is peppered with extraordinarily clean beaches and secluded little coves where you can stretch out in the summer sun or try surfing in the chilly English Channel. Alternatively, if you've brought your hiking boots, you could make a beeline for nearby Dartmoor National Park, whose stark moorland and craggy tors make for some seriously scenic walking.