A Visitor's Guide to Plymouth, England

MatthewA By MatthewA, 29th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2qls953e/
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This article includes a brief visitor's guide to Plymouth.

A Visitor's Guide to Plymouth, England

The city of Plymouth is the largest city in Devon. It is located on the south coast of Devon right next to the county border between Cornwall and Devonshire. This border is highlighted by the River Tamar that is more a geographical border which Plymouth is located beside. Plymouth is a city with a great maritime heritage which is famous for its Mayflower Steps departure point for the Pilgrim voyages.

The Mayflower Steps is therefore a good starting point for visitors visiting the city. You can find the Mayflower Steps located close to the tourist information point beside the Plymouth Barbican, at the Plymouth harbor. Here there lies a Mayflower Steps memorial with two US and American flags. The Mayflower Steps includes a number of plaques providing some further historical details.

Right next to the Mayflower Steps there is the Plymouth Aquarium. The Plymouth National Marine Aquarium is one of the largest in England and includes a variety of aquatic wildlife. Turtles, sharks, and plenty of fish dominate the aquarium. The aquarium also includes a 4D cinema with films such as Deepo's Undersea Wondershow.

The Plymouth Barbican is a part of older Plymouth that has been retained. The main highlight at the Plymouth Barbican is perhaps the Plymouth Gin Distillery, an old gin distillery that has produced Plymouth Gin for centuries. The Plymouth Gin Distillery is open to guided tours which provide details on how the gin is produced, and you can also have a free Plymouth Gin cocktail in their cocktail bar.

The coast of Plymouth is dominated by the Plymouth Hoe on the Plymouth Sound. Located at the Plymouth Hoe is the Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse which is open to visitors and provides further great views of the Plymouth Sound. At the bottom of the Hoe’s cliff is the Tinside Lido pool which an Art Deco lido that is open during the summer season. Just beside the Hoe is the Royal Citadel fortification which overlooks the Plymouth Sound and also has guided tours.

From the harbor you can also take boat trips along the Plymouth Sound. These boat trips can take you to nearby Mount Edgcumbe House and gardens, or alternatively further ahead down the River Tamar. Along the River Tamar there is a Royal Navy Base with a variety of military vessels that boat tours can take you past.

Plymouth therefore has plenty of highlights such as the Mayflower Steps, the Plymouth Gin Distillery, National Marine Aquarium, and the Plymouth Hoe with Smeaton’s Tower. For further details on Plymouth visit the Plymouth website.

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author avatar brendamarie
30th Oct 2015 (#)

great article, I dream of visiting England. It is a childhood dream, I hope, will come true.

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