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Plymouth Barbican. The towns historic heart. Visit the 16th century Merchants House Museum, or the Elizabethan House. The Mayflower Steps, symbolic leaving point for the New World in 1620 by the Pilgrim Fathers. The Old Fish Market is now home to the Barbican Glassworks. Why not visit the Plymouth Gin Distillery?. England's Oldest Working Distillery Guided tours. More pictures of Historic Plymouth
National Marine Aquarium Plymouth. Cross over the Sutton Harbour Lock Gates to the Aquarium. A wonderful attraction for all the family. Children are mesmerised by the sea-horses, whilst their parents will gaze in awe at the cinema screen size Atlantic Wall. Huge conger eel coming out of the gloom to investigate the divers at feeding time. Maybe see the turtle gliding past the window of the Coral Sea? Or the silver mullet of the Tidal Zone shoaling just below the water's surface. Can you see the eyes of the flatfish poking out of the sand?
Fancy a pleasure boat trip? Take a cruise into Plymouth Sound and up the River Tamar, past the Devonport Royal Dockyards, with its frigates and nuclear submarines. Under Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Saltash Bridge and, tides permitting, up along the upper reaches of the River.
The Hoe- perhaps best known as the place where Sir Francis Drake was playing a game of bowls when England was about to be invaded by The Spanish Armanda.
Superb views across the natural harbour that is Plymouth Sound to Fort Bovisand in the east, and west across to Mount Edgecumbe Country Park, and the Rame Peninsula with Drakes Island guarding the entrance to the Tamar. All dominated by the Royal Citadel, take a guided tour.
Dominating the Hoe is Smeaton's Tower, constructed in 1759, once standing guard over the Eddystone Reef 20 miles off Plymouth. Moved to the Hoe in 1852 when its foundations started to collapse.
Though much of the City Centre was blitzed by the Germans in the Second World War, it has since been rebuilt. There is an extensive range of shops, from familiar High Street names to family businesses. The Amanda Centre, and only opened in the summer of 2006, Drake Circus shopping mall. Lots of places to eat too. From Italian restaurants to pizza parlours.
Also in the City Centre are the Theatre Royal, presenting everything from Shakespeare to Pantomime, and the Pavilions, venue for pop concerts and exhibitions. City Museum & Art Gallery. Crownhill Fort. St Andrews Church
Explore West Devon. A few miles north of the City is Buckland Abbey home of Sir Francis Drake. Dartmoor National Park. England's last remaining wilderness. The delightful towns of Okehampton and Tavistock.
Plymouth Christmas. The City centre is well known for its impressive display of Xmas lights, festoons strung across high above the streets. Usually a large tree by the sundial, often a steam driven fairground gallopers ride to add to the already colourful spectacle. On New Years Eve the Barbican is particularly crowded with party goers in fancy dress keen to see in the New Year in style. Pubs and restaurants are ticket only admission with reservations made months in advance.
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