Travel destinations: Plymouth, UK

MatthewA By MatthewA, 3rd Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Plymouth is the biggest city of Devon, in the United Kingdom. Located on the south coast it has a maritime and naval heritage, and also a few good sit
es of note.

Transport Links

Plymouth is well connected, and can be reached by sea as well as land. Plymouth station can be reached via rail, and likewise the Plymouth harbor is another option.

The Sites of Plymouth

The Plymouth Hoe esplanade is a stretch of park that includes Smeaton's Tower. This is a relatively small lighthouse that is open to visitors. From here, various boats and naval vessel cross the Sound. Also on the Plymouth Sound is the currently deserted Drake's island.

At the Plymouth waterfront lies the Tinside Lido. This Art Deco outside pool is open for a swim during the summer, with deckchairs available to hire. Also alongside the Hoe lies the Royal Citadel which remains a current fortification, with some military equipment. This is also open to visitors, with tours available. The Hoe stretches across to the older area of Plymouth referred to as the Barbican. At the Barbican lies older architecture, and the Mayflower Steps memorial on the marina.

This Barbican district includes the Plymouth Gin Distillery. The distillery is open to visitors, with guided tours. In addition to this, the Gin distillery has a cocktail bar where the gin and various cocktail varieties can be sampled.

Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium is at Sutton Harbor. Close to the Mayflower steps, this is one of the biggest aquariums in England. The National Trusts Saltram House, Devon's biggest country house, can also be found in Plymouth. This includes the work and portraits of Joshua Reynolds. The house is open to visitors, as well as the surrounding landscaped gardens.

Older sites around Plymouth include the Merchant's House Museum. This covers various aspects of Plymouth's heritage. An Elizabethan house can also be found in the Barbican area. Boat trips out from the harbour provide tours of the Sound and cruises of the Tamar River. In addition, Mount Edgcumbe is also a short boat crossing away.

Accommodation Listings

Plymouth includes a number of Guest Houses alongside the Hoe, such as Brittany Guest House. Equally, hotels are available such as Copthorne hotel Plymouth, or the Holiday Inn which is perhaps one of the better hotels and includes swimming pool, along with gym, sauna and steam room. Visit: for further details.

So overall, Plymouth has a few notable sites. Equally, a fascinating naval heritage linking it to voyages of Sir Francis Drake.


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