Plymouth used to be a tiny port, famous as the departure point for Raleigh, Drake, Cook, Darwin and the Pilgrim Fathers for their pioneering voyages. Today, it is a large city, much of it rebuilt following extensive wartime destruction by the Luftwaffe. The older part of Plymouth can still be seen clustered about the Hoe, a patch of green where Drake calmly finished his game of bowls as the Armada approached in 1588. Plymouth has a range of excellent accommodation options, from Hotels to small guesthouses, and many attractions to enjoy on a visit here.
Hotels in Devon for Plymouth Attractions
The Hoe is lined with memorials to famous naval men today, including Drake, and the great citadel built by Charles II guards the harbour below. Plymouth Dome is very popular with visitors and is a good place to begin a tour of the city because of its use of the latest high tech to bring Plymouth's colourful past to life. The Mayflower Stone and Steps close by marks the spot where the Pilgrim Fathers made sail for the New World in 1620, and there are plenty of small cafés and restaurants in the area.
Around Plymouth from Devon Hotels
You should certainly take a look at the historic dockyard complex when you stay at a Devon hotel in Plymouth, and these are best seen by taking a boat tour of the harbour. Warships and submarines have been built here continuously since Napoleonic times and you can also catch splendid views of the gardens of Mount Edgcumbe Park and others scattered along Plymouth Sound. Saltram House just to the east of Plymouth has portraits by Reynolds, who was born in Plympton nearby, and two stunning rooms by Adam.
There are plenty of non-historical attractions in Plymouth too, and if you're on a family visit the aquarium will be a popular choice of destination for a day out from your Devon hotel or B&B. The National Marine Aquarium was built on reclaimed land in Sutton Harbour and was opened in 1998 as a centre for education, research and conservation.