Pymouth in South Devon


Plymouth | The Barbican |
Local Houses - Antony House (NT) | Cothele (NT) | Mount Edgecumbe Country Park | Saltram House (NT) |

Map of Area - Local Towns | Plymouth | Dartmoor National Park | Ivybridge - Two Moors Way | Modbury | Hope Cove | Salcombe | Kingsbridge | Dartmouth | Totnes | Newton Abbot | Buckfastleigh | Saltash | The Rame Peninsula

Plymouth Sound and drake's island

Looking across Plymouth Sound towards Drake's Island and Mount Edgecumbe in Cornwall.

The citadel in Plymouth

The Citadel, overlooking Plymouth Sound and the entrance to Sutton Harbour and the Barbican


Plymouth Pavilions

Tourist Information CentrePlymouth Tourist Information Centre
Island House
9 The Barbican
Plymouth PL1 2LS
Tel: 01752 304849
Fax: 01752 257955

Plymouth is generally considered to be the cultural capital of the West of England, as well as being the most important city in Devon. It was from Plymouth, that adventurers such as Drake, Cook and the Pilgrim Fathers, set out on their momentous voyages to find new worlds.

Plymouth is surrounded by many picturesque fishing villages, such as Newton Ferrers and Cawsand, which can be more of an attraction than the city itself. Plymouth, is close to the rugged beauty of Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, with the beautiful, sandy beaches of the English Riviera, and Whitsand Bay only a short drive away. Plymouth is the ideal base for touring and sightseeing.

Visitors to the city can explore Plymouth's remarkable history, which other place in the country will allow you to stand where the Pilgrim Fathers stepped into the boats that carried them to the America's, look across the waterfront from where Drake is believed to have played bowls.

The city is a remarkable place, full of life, and history Plymouth has plenty to keep visitors to the area entertained. Plymouth Hoe is also used for exciting concerts and many summer outdoor events. The Hoe is where Sir Francis Drake used to play bowls. Nearby is St. Andrew's Church, where Drake carved lettering into stone walls. You could also take a short boat trip to Drake's Island for a better view of the old fortress.

Climb to the top of Smeaton's Tower - the eighteenth century lighthouse that originally stood on the Eddystone Rocks , now rebuilt as a focal point of the Hoe. Look out across Plymouth Sound to the current lighthouse, some fourteen miles Southwest of Plymouth.

Then walk to the Barbican - Plymouth's medieval heart of the city. Amble through the narrow streets, shop for antiques, or visit New Street and the Elizabethan House, s a rare example of a timber frame Tudor Sea Captain's dwelling. Cross the Harbour Lock Gates and Visit the new National Marine Aquarium and experience a mystical underwater world. Watch the divers feed the hundreds of fish, including large Caribbean sharks by hand.

There is so much to entertain visitors to this city, dozens of lively pubs and night-clubs. The Theatre Royal plays host to some of the best plays and shows in England. Plymouth Pavilions with its large auditorium which can hold thousands for the top name pop concerts, or the Symphony Orchestra. There is also a stage for the ballet, a swimming pool and an ice skating rink.

Plymouth is a city steeped in history with many spectacular places to visit. Large parts of the city were destroyed during the bombing raids of the Second World War, but the Barbican survived almost intact - with its narrow Tudor Streets, echoing a much earlier mediaeval pattern of habitation.

Plymouth is a Naval town, and visitors can take boat trips along the River Tamar, to view the Naval Dockyards, complete with frigates, submarines and the occasional aircraft carrier. The dockyards are a major employer in the area contributing significantly to the local economy, both directly in terms of employment and through tourism. It is a truly marvellous sight, when you stand on the sea front and watch the warships from many countries slowly wind their way through the deep water channel of Plymouth Sound towards the berths alongside the River Tamar.

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