Presentation of the destination
The historic city of Plymouth is the largest city in the south-west of England. Located between the estuaries of the Rivers Tamar and Plym, this was a trading post for the Roman Empire, who used the port in this city. Plymouth faces the Plymouth Sound, this is a safe anchorage protected by a mile long breakwater. This city has a long nautical history, the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from Plymouth on their epic journey from here and during the WWII, Plymouth's naval importance was legendary. Though damaged during the wars, this city has been rebuilt and is today a vibrant commercial center. Plymouth offers the best of England's weather, with hot summers from May to September. July sees temperatures of more than 25°C, while winters are mild because of being near the coast. January is the coldest month with temperatures of 7°C. The currency used at Plymouth is the Sterling Pound.
Points of interests / things to see
The Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is located close to the city center and Drake Circus shopping mall. A well laid out museum that is child friendly. It is spread out over two floors and it has nine permanent galleries that have on display interesting exhibits from natural history, different world cultures, Ancient Egypt, maritime history, local archaeological artifacts and decorative art collections. Each of the permanent galleries have been meticulously laid out and the information is interesting and fun. This museum also has an exhibition program and there could be as many as eight a year. They are produced in partnership with local and regional partners and occasionally even national partners. The gallery has intriguing archaeological finds and an impressive local artwork and natural history display. Explore the exhibits and admire the local silver and porcelain collection and the interactive hands on display for children is educative. Several event programs are conducted throughout the year for every age group, there are organized tours, talks, work shops and family activities that offer entertain to the visitors. This museum has been awarded the numerous awards for excellence from different agencies. Take a break at the cafe and browse through the gift shop nearby. Opening Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 to 17:30 Saturday 10:00 to 17:00 Entry Free
This city was prosperous during the Elizabethan time and it was mainly because of the achievements of the sea captains, merchants and fishermen. In 1584, the local authorities designated a new street on the historic Barbican for these men who worked around the harbor. The first recorded inhabitant of the Elizabethan House at 32, New Street was William Hele. This house has changed hands over the centuries and one of the tenants, the London Company of Merchant Ventures was one of the most successful of the inhabitants. They were involved in the exploration and development of the fishing grounds of Newfoundland. This house is one of the few surviving original houses. Its structure, the seven rooms on three different floors, the bare wooden floors and oak beams that were salvaged from a ship and the central newel post that was once a ship's mast. This ancient house was built with limestone and slate. Explore the house and notice how the working and cooking area was on the ground floor and the dining and entertainment area was on the second floor, while the sleeping chambers were on the top floor. This house is authentically furnished with period furniture and crockery from the archaeological finds of that time. Opening hours: April to September Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 to 17:00
This spectacular 17th century fortress is located on the east of the Hoe. It was built by King Charles II on Sir Francis Drake's request. It was meant to defend this country's coastline from the Dutch and historians claim it was used to intimidate the inhabitants of Plymouth as well. The Royal Citadel is still used by the military, but it is open to the public. The Royal Citadel is an English Heritage property and there are guided tours for the visitors. Join a tour and take a walk along the ramparts, a part of history, enjoy the panoramic views of the stunning countryside, the Plymouth Sound and the old town. While exploring the fortress, you will see the ancient weaponry that was used during the battles and you will be transported to another world as the guides tell you the local history of its occupants, the British military history and the myths that surround this majestic monument. To the south east corner is the Fisher's Nose Blockhouse from the 15th century and opposite it was the Queen Anne's Battery from 1667. This Citadel was the most import British defense for more than 100 years, and it was regularly strengthened and equipped with new armaments. Tours: May to September on Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30 pm.
The Mayflower steps is believed to be the spot from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail in 1620 for North America. This historic site is on the Barbican and the Mayflower Steps has the American and the British flag beside to commemorate the departure of the final 102 passengers who set sail on the Mayflower to North America. The original steps that the pilgrims would have crossed does not exist, but a granite slab with the ship's name and a tablet commemorating the voyage was erected here in 1891. The Doric portico was added in 1934, walk on the weathered and golden hued slabs to the small balcony that was built in 2000 nearby. This balcony offers picturesque views of the sea and it still has parts of the cobbled Grade II pier from the 17th century. The local historians with the authorities have taken an effort to mark the exact site from which the ship Mayflower cast off. Explore the grounds and you will see other plaques that commemorate other historic events like the departure of Tory in 1839 to colonize New Zealand, the return in 1838 of four Tolpuddle Martyrs after exile in Austria or the first transatlantic flight in 1919 of an American seaplane. The BarbicanPlymouthDevon PL1 2LR Telephone: 01752 306330
The National Maritime Aquarium is unique, as it is a registered charity who's main goal is to promote a better understanding of the sea and the creatures that live in it. This is one of this country's deepest and biggest aquarium with more than 50 tanks that have uncountable fish. Explore the aquarium for a better understanding of the fascinating world under the waters and the role of man in preserving it. There are several opportunities for programs for conservation and research at this aquarium. Learn about the different oceans of the world and the local fishes of Plymouth to the tropical reefs of other shores. There are many types of sharks on display, they have over 10 different species. The sizes of the sharks vary from a new born to a large Sand Tiger Shark. This aquarium has schedule lectures that are interactive and fun, the interactive dive show is extremely popular with the whole family. There are halls available for hire for a private party with a capacity to seat 120 guests with a splendid catering service and beautiful scenery of the Plymouth Sound, a lovely experience! Opening Hours: March-October 10:00 to 18:00 November-March 10:00 to 17:00 Address: Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 0LF
This is a restored 16th century Merchant's house that has artifacts that highlight the history of Plymouth. This house was home to three Plymouth mayor and there are interesting facts on the history of the Eddystone Lighthouses and about Sir Francis Drake an important personality of this region. Climb up the winding stairway and you will see everyday articles from another era. Notice the 17th century Trelawney mantelpiece, a large doll's house, a ducking stool, manacles and local truncheons used in that period. There have also displayed a Victorian school room, a Blitz-themed room and an Edwardian pharmacy that has been relocated with original doors and windows. Address: 33 St Andrew Street, Plymouth, PL1 2AX
Take a tour of a different kind, explore the Black Friars Distillery! This is the origin of Plymouth Gin from 1793. One among the old working distilleries in England, it is located in the middle of Plymouth. This historic distillery has a medieval hall or the Refectory from the early 15th century and its hull-shaped timber roof is from 1431. Explore the distillery and learn about the process of making this world famous Plymouth Gin. Visitors can relax at the Refectory cocktail lounge over a cocktail, the very place that the Pilgrim Fathers stayed before their voyage to North America. 60 Southside StreetThe BarbicanPlymouthDevonPL1 2LQTelephone: 01752 665292http://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/things-to-do/plymouth-gin-distillery-p241563
The Theatre Royal makes some of the best regional theatrical production. It is a major promoter of theater in the south west. It has two specific performance venue, the Theater Royal and the Drum Theater. A talented team that showcases many exclusive dramas. They present several major touring drama and musical presentation and host leading opera and dance companies. The Theater Royal are an arts and educational charity, they help and support the youth through their Creative Learning work. Royal ParadePlymouthDevonPL1 2TR Telephone: +44 01752 267222 http://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/things-to-do/theatre-royal-plymouth-p127583
The Drake's Trail is a famous walking and bicycling trail in Plymouth. There are many trails for different age groups and fitness level and it introduces the biker to the neighborhood surrounding Plymouth. The Drake's Trail in West Devon is a 21 mile cycling and walking route that links Tavistock with Plymouth. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery, green woods, fascinating wildlife and beautiful birds along the western edge of Dartmoor and take a break at the historical and heritage stops along the way. The south of Clearbrook can be challenging for even the fittest of bikers, but the open moorlands are attractive. Website: http://www.drakestrail.co.uk/
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How to get there ?
The Plymouth Airport has been closed since 2011 and there are no reports of when it is reopening. The Exeter Airport is the closest airport to Plymouth, it is 65.2 kilometers from the city center. The main highway connecting Plymouth is the A38 dual carriageway. The Devon Expressway connects to M5 at Exeter and it takes you to the center of Cornwall in the west. The A386 connects Plymouth to Tavistock, North Devon, A30 and Okehampton There is a railway station at Plymouth and it connects it to London that is about 3 hours away, Bristol about 2 hours away, Birmingham at almost 4 hours away. This route connects to Cornwall as well. The rail route from outside the West Country takes you through some of the most scenic paths in this country. Brittany Ferries operate a service from Santander to Plymouth, the journey takes 22 hours and from Roscoff that is 6 hours away. Buses are frequent and regular. There are 3 main Park and Ride sites that cover this city. Getting around Walking is the best way to admire this city from the city center to the waterfront. There are many water taxis and boats that will let you explore the shores of this beautiful city.
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