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Verified traveler30 Sep 2019
Plymouth is a lovely city with spectacular view from the Hoe lost of places of interest restaurants bars and shops
Stroll along the cobbled quayside and see deep water fish tanks in Plymouth’s aquarium. Tour a gin distillery and sample the wares. Swim in a Jazz Age open-air swimming pool and take a boat trip out into the bay.
Plymouth is home to the most extensive naval base in Western Europe and an important location in British maritime history. The Pilgrim Fathers who settled New England set sail from here, as did Robert Falcon Scott of the Antarctic, Captain James Cook, Charles Darwin and Francis Drake. Since the 17th century the Royal Navy has maintained a base here, which drew extensive fire from the Germans in World War II. Plymouth was the target of a series of 59 Luftwaffe raids known as the Plymouth Blitz, which destroyed much of the city as well as the dockyards.
Walk the partially cobbled streets of the Barbican to see Tudor and Jacobean buildings and other attractions. Tour the Elizabethan House, a well-preserved property that gives insight into how a sea captain would have lived in the late 1500s. Stop at the Mayflower Steps, which mark the site where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail to found America in 1620. Walk through glass tunnels at the National Marine Aquarium and watch sharks swim all around you. The aquarium also has moral eels, fish and even a loggerhead turtle called Snorkel. Have a drink at the Plymouth Gin Distillery, which has been producing gin since 1793.
See the statue of Francis Drake and read the numerous war memorials at the Plymouth Hoe, a green-lawned expanse that looks out over Plymouth’s natural harbour. Take a tour of the Royal Citadel, a 17th-century fortress still used by the British military today. Bring the family to Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park where you can ride Segways, play disc golf and visit artist studios as well as learn about the earls that once lived here.
Plymouth is a major U.K. city and has great transportation links. Though Plymouth Airport closed in 2011, Exeter Airport is just 1 hour away by car. Ferry services are also available. Eat at a range of pubs and restaurants or use one of the many take-out venues.
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Discover the creatures that live deep in the world’s oceans and learn about the importance of conservation at the largest aquarium in the U.K.
Grandiose maritime buildings have been transformed into one of Plymouth’s trendiest spots, now a hub of restaurants, art galleries and family activities.
Sip on expertly made gin in a historic distillery that has been making spirits for over two centuries in the same spot on Plymouth’s waterfront.
This 17th-century stronghold was a bastion of military strength. Explore the walls and fortifications with a guided tour.
You can study the exhibits at Plymouth Dome, a museum with a story of its own, during your trip to Plymouth. Amble around this family-friendly area's seaside or experience its entertainment choices.
Step inside this wonderfully preserved house to see how a merchant or sea captain would have lived in the 1500s, a time when Plymouth was a prosperous port city.
Verified traveler19 Sep 2019
The university provides a wonderfull graduation ceremony on the hoe. Perfect setting. Also visit Barbacan area and Barbacan Botanicals for great gin experience.