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Sightseeing
The Plymouth Barbican is a beautiful waterfront location full of history offering a diverse range of shopping experiences. A fine selection of pubs and restaurants are also waiting for you to enjoy.
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Barbican
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The Plymouth Barbican is a beautiful waterfront location full of history offering a diverse range of shopping experiences. A fine selection of pubs and restaurants are also waiting for you to enjoy.
Mount Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall. Explore, enjoy and learn about the beautiful history of the house and country park.
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Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park
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Mount Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall. Explore, enjoy and learn about the beautiful history of the house and country park.
The beautiful Dartmoor National Park has more than 450 miles of public paths and offers a variety of walking routes to suit all abilities as well as cycle trails, horseriding and climbing.
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National Park Visitor Centre Haytor
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The beautiful Dartmoor National Park has more than 450 miles of public paths and offers a variety of walking routes to suit all abilities as well as cycle trails, horseriding and climbing.
Plymouth has gems other cities only dream about – the spectacular natural harbour of Plymouth Sound, unspoiled rivers and moorland on our boundaries and nearby sandy beaches, not to mention world class theatre, top night clubs, great food, a wonderful waterfront and a great lifestyle. We want everyone to get the most out of their time here.
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Plymouth
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Plymouth has gems other cities only dream about – the spectacular natural harbour of Plymouth Sound, unspoiled rivers and moorland on our boundaries and nearby sandy beaches, not to mention world class theatre, top night clubs, great food, a wonderful waterfront and a great lifestyle. We want everyone to get the most out of their time here.
Dartmoor is not just about the landscape; there's a lot more to it than that. It's not just about the ponies, or the tors, the history or the heritage; but that's a good start. It's about getting out there, experiencing new things. This living, breathing, working landscape holds the secret to a past that stretches back over the centuries, and a future that is both sustainable and green. From rare birds and butterflies, Neolithic monuments and ancient woodland, to tradition, folklore and farming on horseback, Dartmoor has it all. Leading the way for the arts, all things organic, a haven for literary greats and explorers, you will be walking in some awesome footsteps. Dartmoor has the largest number of archaeological remains in Europe. So if it is stone circles, menhirs, stone crosses and ancient villages that get you excited, Dartmoor is the place to be. In fact, it is where Time Team were, unearthing all manner of interesting artefacts. Dartmoor is home to all manner of wildlife, from Dartmoor ponies wandering the moor, to the rare marsh fritillery butterfly.
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Dartmoor
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Dartmoor is not just about the landscape; there's a lot more to it than that. It's not just about the ponies, or the tors, the history or the heritage; but that's a good start. It's about getting out there, experiencing new things. This living, breathing, working landscape holds the secret to a past that stretches back over the centuries, and a future that is both sustainable and green. From rare birds and butterflies, Neolithic monuments and ancient woodland, to tradition, folklore and farming on horseback, Dartmoor has it all. Leading the way for the arts, all things organic, a haven for literary greats and explorers, you will be walking in some awesome footsteps. Dartmoor has the largest number of archaeological remains in Europe. So if it is stone circles, menhirs, stone crosses and ancient villages that get you excited, Dartmoor is the place to be. In fact, it is where Time Team were, unearthing all manner of interesting artefacts. Dartmoor is home to all manner of wildlife, from Dartmoor ponies wandering the moor, to the rare marsh fritillery butterfly.
Neighbourhoods
Plymouth Hoe is the natural heart of Plymouth with breath taking views across Plymouth Sound, one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world. Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse.
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The Hoe
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Plymouth Hoe is the natural heart of Plymouth with breath taking views across Plymouth Sound, one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world. Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse.
Designed by Victorian architect Sir John Rennie and constructed between 1825 and 1831, Royal William Yard is steeped in history. Considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain, it is also the largest collection of Grade 1 listed military buildings in Europe. The Royal William Yard is a thriving hub for many Plymouth businesses and retailers. The Yard is one of Plymouth’s premier lifestyle destinations and is an arts and culture destination with regular public events taking place including outdoor theatre productions and open-air cinema, arts and crafts markets and the launch of Community Interest Company Ocean Studios offering opportunities for over 100 artists in residence. There’s also the Edward Waite Gallery and various artworks exhibited within Residence ONE.
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Royal william yard
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Designed by Victorian architect Sir John Rennie and constructed between 1825 and 1831, Royal William Yard is steeped in history. Considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain, it is also the largest collection of Grade 1 listed military buildings in Europe. The Royal William Yard is a thriving hub for many Plymouth businesses and retailers. The Yard is one of Plymouth’s premier lifestyle destinations and is an arts and culture destination with regular public events taking place including outdoor theatre productions and open-air cinema, arts and crafts markets and the launch of Community Interest Company Ocean Studios offering opportunities for over 100 artists in residence. There’s also the Edward Waite Gallery and various artworks exhibited within Residence ONE.
Whether it’s dazzling views you seek, a new dining or shopping experience you’re keen to enjoy or just want to learn some history, Plymouth’s Waterfront destinations offer something for everyone. Each part of the Waterfront has a different story to tell. The historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour are the heart of the city’s heritage with the oldest buildings and the greatest number of historical stories. It’s also a place where an eclectic cuisine mix of Italian, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Himalayan, Mexican and British restaurants may all be found!
Sutton Harbour
Whether it’s dazzling views you seek, a new dining or shopping experience you’re keen to enjoy or just want to learn some history, Plymouth’s Waterfront destinations offer something for everyone. Each part of the Waterfront has a different story to tell. The historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour are the heart of the city’s heritage with the oldest buildings and the greatest number of historical stories. It’s also a place where an eclectic cuisine mix of Italian, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Himalayan, Mexican and British restaurants may all be found!
Food scene
Set in a Grade II listed building, just seconds away from the bustle of Plymouth's city centre; KUKU offers the perfect sanctuary for both the casual and professional Japanese food enthusiasts. Dishes are prepared using innovative food combinations, combining local seasonal ingredients; crossing boundaries by pairing traditional Japanese offerings with new and refreshing flavours and texture.
Kuku Sushi Bar & Robata
19 Princess St
Set in a Grade II listed building, just seconds away from the bustle of Plymouth's city centre; KUKU offers the perfect sanctuary for both the casual and professional Japanese food enthusiasts. Dishes are prepared using innovative food combinations, combining local seasonal ingredients; crossing boundaries by pairing traditional Japanese offerings with new and refreshing flavours and texture.
You can’t get much closer to the water than this! Tucked in the fisherman’s arches near the Mayflower Steps, choose from their classic menu or the new Scallop Shack menu, which offers locally-caught scallops (from their own boat) that have been lovingly shucked, prepared and cooked to order by their expert chefs.
The Boathouse
You can’t get much closer to the water than this! Tucked in the fisherman’s arches near the Mayflower Steps, choose from their classic menu or the new Scallop Shack menu, which offers locally-caught scallops (from their own boat) that have been lovingly shucked, prepared and cooked to order by their expert chefs.
Along Southside Street, you’ll find this relaxed restaurant with a great reputation for serving up quality fish and seafood dishes – with a Grecian twist. One of Plymouth’s oldest seafood restaurants, they’ve been serving up delicious food for more than 27 years. Why not try the fisherman’s platter, featuring tiger prawns, scallops, mussels, calamari and more!
The Village Restaurant
32 Southside St
Along Southside Street, you’ll find this relaxed restaurant with a great reputation for serving up quality fish and seafood dishes – with a Grecian twist. One of Plymouth’s oldest seafood restaurants, they’ve been serving up delicious food for more than 27 years. Why not try the fisherman’s platter, featuring tiger prawns, scallops, mussels, calamari and more!
Another Southside Street gem is Quay 33, who pride themselves on their fantastic quality, locally sourced, homemade fresh food. Fish fans will love the great range of menu options, with everything from a classic fish pie to seafood risotto on offer.
Quay 33
33 Southside Street
Another Southside Street gem is Quay 33, who pride themselves on their fantastic quality, locally sourced, homemade fresh food. Fish fans will love the great range of menu options, with everything from a classic fish pie to seafood risotto on offer.
Sourcing the best seasonal produce from the West Country & serve them in modern, modest & flavoursome dishes. Chef Ben believes that the best way to approach food is to be unpretentious & uncomplicated. Light lunch in the beautiful courtyard, dinner with friends or family, a romantic night out or a big celebration.
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The Greedy Goose
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Sourcing the best seasonal produce from the West Country & serve them in modern, modest & flavoursome dishes. Chef Ben believes that the best way to approach food is to be unpretentious & uncomplicated. Light lunch in the beautiful courtyard, dinner with friends or family, a romantic night out or a big celebration.
With an unbeatable combination of great food and great coastal views, The Dock is a family run café and restaurant that’s perfect for everyone! Whether you’re celebrating something special or just catching up with friends over coffee or cocktails, we offer an informal, relaxed setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner using the very finest food – sourced from across Devon and Cornwall. Situated at King Point Marina, in the heart of the Plymouth’s vibrant and ever changing Coastal Quarter in Millbay, enjoy the wonderful outlook from our two al fresco balcony dining areas. Make The Dock your next port of call!
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The Dock Café
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With an unbeatable combination of great food and great coastal views, The Dock is a family run café and restaurant that’s perfect for everyone! Whether you’re celebrating something special or just catching up with friends over coffee or cocktails, we offer an informal, relaxed setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner using the very finest food – sourced from across Devon and Cornwall. Situated at King Point Marina, in the heart of the Plymouth’s vibrant and ever changing Coastal Quarter in Millbay, enjoy the wonderful outlook from our two al fresco balcony dining areas. Make The Dock your next port of call!
Our Early Evening Menu is perfect for diners on the go; two or three beautiful courses leaving you fully sated and safely in your seat for show time! (Served from 5.30pm-7.00pm, Monday – Saturday) Our Evening Menu is packed with mouth watering dishes, there really is something for everyone. All dietary requirements can and will be catered for, just let us know before your reservation. Our Desserts and Coffee Menu has a fine selection of both sweet and savoury, with rick coffees and liqueurs.
Steve's Brasserie
Our Early Evening Menu is perfect for diners on the go; two or three beautiful courses leaving you fully sated and safely in your seat for show time! (Served from 5.30pm-7.00pm, Monday – Saturday) Our Evening Menu is packed with mouth watering dishes, there really is something for everyone. All dietary requirements can and will be catered for, just let us know before your reservation. Our Desserts and Coffee Menu has a fine selection of both sweet and savoury, with rick coffees and liqueurs.
Entertainment
The south west's largest purpose-built conference, exhibition and entertainment attraction with an Ice Rink, catering outlets from fast food to ice cream and meeting areas.
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Plymouth Pavilions
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The south west's largest purpose-built conference, exhibition and entertainment attraction with an Ice Rink, catering outlets from fast food to ice cream and meeting areas.
Drake Circus The Barcode | a new Leisure & Entertainment destination in Plymouth. Zizzi, Nando’s, Five Guys, Cineworld, Cosy Club, Paradise Island Adventure Golf
Drake Circus: The Barcode
11 Bretonside
Drake Circus The Barcode | a new Leisure & Entertainment destination in Plymouth. Zizzi, Nando’s, Five Guys, Cineworld, Cosy Club, Paradise Island Adventure Golf
heatre Royal, Plymouth, is a theatre venue in Plymouth, Devon. It consists of a 1,300-seat main auditorium, The Lyric, which regularly hosts large-scale musicals, opera and ballet; a 200-seat studio, The Drum; and a 50-seat studio, The Lab. On a separate site, Theatre Royal Plymouth also has a production and learning centre, TR2, featuring rehearsal studios and workshops for the production of set and costumes.
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Theatre Royal Plymouth
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heatre Royal, Plymouth, is a theatre venue in Plymouth, Devon. It consists of a 1,300-seat main auditorium, The Lyric, which regularly hosts large-scale musicals, opera and ballet; a 200-seat studio, The Drum; and a 50-seat studio, The Lab. On a separate site, Theatre Royal Plymouth also has a production and learning centre, TR2, featuring rehearsal studios and workshops for the production of set and costumes.
Things to do
Visit the UK's largest Aquarium, be amazed by their fascinating underwater world, and how we all play a part in conserving it.
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National Marine Aquarium
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Visit the UK's largest Aquarium, be amazed by their fascinating underwater world, and how we all play a part in conserving it.
Set in a beautiful location overlooking the sea at the tip of Plymouth Hoe and voted one of the top 10 best outdoor pools in Europe, Tinside Lido is an attraction not to be missed. Built in 1935, Tinside is a slice of the quintessential British seaside from a bygone era. The Lido is a wonderful example of art-deco style and is Grade II listed. Open during the Summer months this fantastic outdoor salt water swimming pool offers both local people and visitors to Plymouth beautiful surround in which to swim, sunbathe and watch the world go by.
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Tinside Lido
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Set in a beautiful location overlooking the sea at the tip of Plymouth Hoe and voted one of the top 10 best outdoor pools in Europe, Tinside Lido is an attraction not to be missed. Built in 1935, Tinside is a slice of the quintessential British seaside from a bygone era. The Lido is a wonderful example of art-deco style and is Grade II listed. Open during the Summer months this fantastic outdoor salt water swimming pool offers both local people and visitors to Plymouth beautiful surround in which to swim, sunbathe and watch the world go by.
Dartmoor Zoo, winner of Eden Channel's Top Wildlife Attraction of the Year 2011, home of the Hollywood movie We Bought A Zoo, ideal for family fun days
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Dartmoor Zoo
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Dartmoor Zoo, winner of Eden Channel's Top Wildlife Attraction of the Year 2011, home of the Hollywood movie We Bought A Zoo, ideal for family fun days
Set sail with Plymouth Boat Trips, Plymouth’s premier fishing, ferry and cruising company. From fun packed fishing trips and relaxed harbour cruising to connecting ferries to Cornwall – there’s something for everyone!
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Plymouth Boat Trips
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Set sail with Plymouth Boat Trips, Plymouth’s premier fishing, ferry and cruising company. From fun packed fishing trips and relaxed harbour cruising to connecting ferries to Cornwall – there’s something for everyone!
Black Friars Distillery, the working home of Plymouth Gin since 1793, is the oldest working gin distillery in England - take a guided tour and learn about the art of making the world-famous Plymouth Gin.
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Plymouth Gin Distillery
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Black Friars Distillery, the working home of Plymouth Gin since 1793, is the oldest working gin distillery in England - take a guided tour and learn about the art of making the world-famous Plymouth Gin.
Escape Rooms Plymouth Have you tried “Live” escape games before ? No? Then we believe you should! Our games are very popular. We suggest you play “Germ” first. It’s a thrilling game suitable for all ages. “Germ” is an ideal taster before you challenge yourselves against our other games. Based on the online virtual games. Escape Rooms is a real-life room escape game which requires players to work together to solve hidden puzzles to escape a locked-in themed room, before the 1 hour timer runs out. This exciting new concept, brings the popular online game into real life and gives players the opportunity to use their intuition, teamwork skills and intelligence to accomplish a unique and challenging task. The game is incredibly popular in Asia, the US and several European countries. Thousands of people have played worldwide and 99% say they would visit again.
Escape Rooms Plymouth
14-17 Manor St
Escape Rooms Plymouth Have you tried “Live” escape games before ? No? Then we believe you should! Our games are very popular. We suggest you play “Germ” first. It’s a thrilling game suitable for all ages. “Germ” is an ideal taster before you challenge yourselves against our other games. Based on the online virtual games. Escape Rooms is a real-life room escape game which requires players to work together to solve hidden puzzles to escape a locked-in themed room, before the 1 hour timer runs out. This exciting new concept, brings the popular online game into real life and gives players the opportunity to use their intuition, teamwork skills and intelligence to accomplish a unique and challenging task. The game is incredibly popular in Asia, the US and several European countries. Thousands of people have played worldwide and 99% say they would visit again.
Welcome to Adventure Segway. We’ve got a whole load of fun lined up. Discover a place of stunning natural beauty and follow the thousands who have taken the step to a more adventurous discovery. Every adventure starts with a first step. After you’re one on one training with an instructor head into our Segway Skills assault course. Navigate through a series of precision based challenges, ramps, balance beams and limbo! After you’ve mastered new skills in our assault course – venture out and glide for miles on our instructor-led Wildlife or Coastal expedition! Coastal Expedition Discover the formal side to Mount Edgcumbe and explore acres of ancient woodlands and gardens. Get up close to the magnificent house and glide effortlessly from beach to beach along the Cornish coastline to Cremyll. Then, if you’re up for it – follow your guide off road. Slalom around trees, traverse the hills and finish with more technical features. Whether you like your thrills wild or mild, you’ll find your level of fun here. Wildlife Expedition Escape to the summit of Mount Edgcumbe and you’ll discover the most captivating sights. Look out to Dartmoor, trade in the distractions of everyday life and glide like you mean it across the Grotton Plantation in search of hundreds of animals – including wild fallow deer. This journey also includes a stop at Red Seat – one of the most spectacular viewing platforms looking out over Plymouth’s famous breakwater.
Adventure Segway
Welcome to Adventure Segway. We’ve got a whole load of fun lined up. Discover a place of stunning natural beauty and follow the thousands who have taken the step to a more adventurous discovery. Every adventure starts with a first step. After you’re one on one training with an instructor head into our Segway Skills assault course. Navigate through a series of precision based challenges, ramps, balance beams and limbo! After you’ve mastered new skills in our assault course – venture out and glide for miles on our instructor-led Wildlife or Coastal expedition! Coastal Expedition Discover the formal side to Mount Edgcumbe and explore acres of ancient woodlands and gardens. Get up close to the magnificent house and glide effortlessly from beach to beach along the Cornish coastline to Cremyll. Then, if you’re up for it – follow your guide off road. Slalom around trees, traverse the hills and finish with more technical features. Whether you like your thrills wild or mild, you’ll find your level of fun here. Wildlife Expedition Escape to the summit of Mount Edgcumbe and you’ll discover the most captivating sights. Look out to Dartmoor, trade in the distractions of everyday life and glide like you mean it across the Grotton Plantation in search of hundreds of animals – including wild fallow deer. This journey also includes a stop at Red Seat – one of the most spectacular viewing platforms looking out over Plymouth’s famous breakwater.
Beaches
Owned by the National Trust with its own Marine Conservation Centre and guided rock pool rambles, Wembury, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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Wembury Beach
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Owned by the National Trust with its own Marine Conservation Centre and guided rock pool rambles, Wembury, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Small east facing beach of sand and shingle, fairly sheltered. There are rock pools to explore at Kingsand and access to both Kingsand beaches are via slopes and a few steps. There is parking in the centre of Kingsand.
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Kingsand
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Small east facing beach of sand and shingle, fairly sheltered. There are rock pools to explore at Kingsand and access to both Kingsand beaches are via slopes and a few steps. There is parking in the centre of Kingsand.
Bantham beach is one of the best in South Devon and ticks all right the boxes if you want a typical English seaside holiday. This beach is part of the designated South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s also won awards from the Marine Conservation Society and the coveted Blue Flag, so you know it’s clean. You can see Bigbury Beach and Burgh Island from the beach. Bantham is shallow and sandy so it’s great for families with young children who want to do a little swimming or paddling, and there are lifeguards on duty from May to September. At low tide, you’ll find loads of rockpools that warm up quickly in the sun and are perfect for crab hunting. Bantham is also one of the best surfing beaches in South Devon, with mellow waves for beginners while the mouth of the River Avon fires out rips and breaks to test even the seasoned surfer. The beach is well served with its own facilities, including a beach shop where you can buy all the essentials. While dogs are not allowed on the beach between May and September they are allowed on the Estuary all year round, which you can get to at low tide.
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Bantham Beach
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Bantham beach is one of the best in South Devon and ticks all right the boxes if you want a typical English seaside holiday. This beach is part of the designated South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s also won awards from the Marine Conservation Society and the coveted Blue Flag, so you know it’s clean. You can see Bigbury Beach and Burgh Island from the beach. Bantham is shallow and sandy so it’s great for families with young children who want to do a little swimming or paddling, and there are lifeguards on duty from May to September. At low tide, you’ll find loads of rockpools that warm up quickly in the sun and are perfect for crab hunting. Bantham is also one of the best surfing beaches in South Devon, with mellow waves for beginners while the mouth of the River Avon fires out rips and breaks to test even the seasoned surfer. The beach is well served with its own facilities, including a beach shop where you can buy all the essentials. While dogs are not allowed on the beach between May and September they are allowed on the Estuary all year round, which you can get to at low tide.
Mayflower 400
Mayflower 400 during 2020. Over 400 moments to mark 400 years of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth sees a packed calendar with city-wide events and exhibitions ranging from Art, Music and theatre to many festivals. Illuminate, the spectacular light festival will launch the Mayflower 400anniversary year from the city's historic waterfront this November 2019.
Mayflower Steps
Mayflower 400 during 2020. Over 400 moments to mark 400 years of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth sees a packed calendar with city-wide events and exhibitions ranging from Art, Music and theatre to many festivals. Illuminate, the spectacular light festival will launch the Mayflower 400anniversary year from the city's historic waterfront this November 2019.
Plymouth’s old port area is now a bustling community of specialist shops, craft workshops and art galleries. The Pilgrim Fathers departure for the New World is commemorated here at the Mayflower Steps. A free walking guide ‘The historic Plymouth Trail – Barbican’ is available from the Tourist Information Centre.
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Plymouth
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Plymouth’s old port area is now a bustling community of specialist shops, craft workshops and art galleries. The Pilgrim Fathers departure for the New World is commemorated here at the Mayflower Steps. A free walking guide ‘The historic Plymouth Trail – Barbican’ is available from the Tourist Information Centre.
Formerly Plymouth Museum, The Box Plymouth will be open in Spring 2020. The major redevelopment of The Box is the flagship project for Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 commemorations to celebrate the Mayflower ship sailing from Plymouth to America. The Box will provide a home for the city’s fascinating and vast historic collections. Visitors can expect extraordinary gallery displays, high profile artists and art exhibitions, as well as exciting events and performances that take visitors on a journey from pre-history to the present and beyond. ‘Museum on Tour’ Whilst The Box is in development, you can find offsite exhibitions, tours, displays, events and projects at a range of locations across Plymouth with the ‘On Tour’ programme. Visit the website for information regarding ‘Museum on Tour’ events.
The Box
Formerly Plymouth Museum, The Box Plymouth will be open in Spring 2020. The major redevelopment of The Box is the flagship project for Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 commemorations to celebrate the Mayflower ship sailing from Plymouth to America. The Box will provide a home for the city’s fascinating and vast historic collections. Visitors can expect extraordinary gallery displays, high profile artists and art exhibitions, as well as exciting events and performances that take visitors on a journey from pre-history to the present and beyond. ‘Museum on Tour’ Whilst The Box is in development, you can find offsite exhibitions, tours, displays, events and projects at a range of locations across Plymouth with the ‘On Tour’ programme. Visit the website for information regarding ‘Museum on Tour’ events.
The Mayflower Museum, set over three floors explores the story of the voyage of the Pilgrims and their journey aboard the Mayflower to the New World.
The Mayflower Museum
3-5 The Barbican
The Mayflower Museum, set over three floors explores the story of the voyage of the Pilgrims and their journey aboard the Mayflower to the New World.
On Plymouth's historic Barbican, you'll find an ancient doorway to 32 New Street which takes you back in time to Drake's Plymouth. This beautiful house is being expertly restored for the Mayflower 400 anniversary and is set to be one of the key legacy projects for Britain’s Ocean City. The House was built just before 1600 on the street that was originally called Ragg Street due to links with the cloth trade. The house was home to merchants and businessmen who wanted to work and sleep by the bustling harbour. In the Victorian period, the House was a slum, housing up to 58 people at a time. 32 New Street was rescued from demolition in 1926 with support from the people of Plymouth, and opened as a historic house museum in 1930. It is currently being restored again by two internationally experienced companies with funding from Plymouth City Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England, the Coastal Revival Fund and The Pilgrim’s Trust. Plans are being made for an immersive visitor experience, which will introduce real residents of the House over 300 years, from Richard Brendon, a wealthy Elizabethan merchant, to Amelia Cooksley, a Victorian fisherman’s wife. Visit New Street and the Elizabethan Gardens to experience Plymouth during the time of Sir Francis Drake and the Mayflower Pilgrims.
Elizabethan House
17-19 New Street
On Plymouth's historic Barbican, you'll find an ancient doorway to 32 New Street which takes you back in time to Drake's Plymouth. This beautiful house is being expertly restored for the Mayflower 400 anniversary and is set to be one of the key legacy projects for Britain’s Ocean City. The House was built just before 1600 on the street that was originally called Ragg Street due to links with the cloth trade. The house was home to merchants and businessmen who wanted to work and sleep by the bustling harbour. In the Victorian period, the House was a slum, housing up to 58 people at a time. 32 New Street was rescued from demolition in 1926 with support from the people of Plymouth, and opened as a historic house museum in 1930. It is currently being restored again by two internationally experienced companies with funding from Plymouth City Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England, the Coastal Revival Fund and The Pilgrim’s Trust. Plans are being made for an immersive visitor experience, which will introduce real residents of the House over 300 years, from Richard Brendon, a wealthy Elizabethan merchant, to Amelia Cooksley, a Victorian fisherman’s wife. Visit New Street and the Elizabethan Gardens to experience Plymouth during the time of Sir Francis Drake and the Mayflower Pilgrims.