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Plymouth City guide, including Plymouth Hotels
Plymouth is the vibrant regional capital of Devon and Cornwall. It is a
that plays a major part in the history of Plymouthís past.
natural harbour of Plymouth Sound. This high tech interactive visitor
centre on the Hoe, takes you on an extraordinary journey through the
fascinating history of this great city.
you are taken on an unforgettable journey through the oceans of the
world. You will encounter brilliantly coloured fish, delicate seahorses
and awesome Caribbean Sharks.
enjoy engaging exhibitions, fascinating collections, first rate
services and exciting special events. The City's Art Collections
includes the nationally designated Cottonian Collection, or you can
experience what the people of Plymouth do for pleasure in the social
your visit. It is a maritime treasure trove. It is where Drake and
Raleigh once weighed anchor, and today you can find a bustling
community of specialist shops, restaurants, cafés and
world-class attractions, all in a picturesque harbour setting.
Things to do:
Plymouth is where the coast and countryside are on the doorstep for you
to explore. You can take a trip on the Cremyll foot ferry to the
gardens and parkland of Mount Edgcumbe or visit stately homes like
Saltram House with its Great Kitchen, Buckland Abbey, once home to Sir
Francis Drake, or the 20th century Lutyens designed Castle Drogo. A
train ride on the Tamar valley or South Devon railway, through the
counties beautiful countryside or a trip up river or across the bay is
a relaxing way to enjoy the local scenery but if you want excitement
there are adventure parks at Dobwalls or Woodlands, both offering
thrills and spills galore. For a more sedate trip the Waterfront
Walkway, combines modern art with spectacular views. Plymouth, with its
great natural harbour, is made for those who love the great outdoors;
and of course for real family fun, nothing beats a sunny day on the
beach, with a choice of secluded coves, or simply relax on the
waterfront and enjoy the stunning views across the harbour.
Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres of Country
Park. It has been restored to the 18th century style, in keeping with
the furniture and family treasures it holds. Features include paintings
by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Gerard Edema and William van der Velde, Irish
Bronze Age horns, 16th century tapestries and 18th century Chinese and
Plymouth porcelain. The Country Park was the earliest landscaped park
in Cornwall and comprises of Grade I listed gardens and fifty-five
other listed structures.
monastery. The house, incorporating the remains of the 13th-century
abbey church, has rich associations with Sir Francis Drake and his
seafaring rival, Sir Richard Grenville. Take a voyage of discovery to
13th century Buckland Abbey and enjoy the story of this medieval
monastery, which was uniquely converted into a Tudor home. You can also
learn about the legendary life of Sir Francis Drake, his
circumnavigation and the story of the Armada
of Kingsbridge in their 17th century schoolroom. There is also a
complete walk - in Victorian kitchen, Edwardian pharmacy and a large
There is a magnificent Abbey Church, tranquil gardens and three unusual
shops selling produce from Buckfast and other European Abbeys.
Food & Drink:
When the sun goes down, itís time for the bright lights. International
cuisine or traditional cooking, fine wine or real ale, itís up to you.
set facing the sea and is one of the oldest military buildings in
Plymouth. Initially built to defend the realm, it now houses a fine
dining-room offering a modern, fresh style of cooking, but with respect
for traditional stocks, sauces and pastries.
Barbican. A haven tucked away in the middle of a bustling city,
offering a superb choice of mouth-watering dishes in a relaxed,
charming and intimate atmosphere.
and attention to every detail. The best of local produce, prepared with
style and flair, mixed with that special ingredient that only the
Tanner Brothers are capable of producing. Tanners Restaurant is housed
in the oldest surviving domestic building in Plymouth, the Prysten
reputedly built on the site of the original Steps, the Macbride was
predominantly a fishing manís pub until the fish market and boats were
relocated. Now it caters for locals and tourists offering food and for
most of the day. There is a large main room with a small alcove at one
end of the bar.
Plymouth Hotels & Accommodation:
From four-star luxury to rustic bed and breakfast, Plymouth and its
surrounding area has accommodation for all tastes and budgets.
For an evening out you can choose from a West End preview at the
Theatre Royal, a concert or comedian at Plymouth Pavilions, or the
latest blockbuster at one of the multi-screened cinemas. If you prefer
an active night out there are plenty of dance venues and sporting
facilities in the local area.
live. Located on Plymouth's historic Barbican, the Cooperage has
recently undergone extensive renovations. Free to enter, there is a
great atmosphere where you can find a diverse range of music and dance
some of the best exhibitions by local, national and international
artists in a dazzling array of mediums. They also show the best
ground-breaking independent and foreign films in their cinema; and a
vegetarian restaurant can also be found in the building.
from pantomime to ballet and also incorporates the Drum Theatre.
Whatever you enjoy, it is yours to discover in Plymouth all year round.
With a strong maritime history and exciting coastline combined with the
rugged scenery of Dartmoor, this thriving city can keep you enthralled
Name: Maria Williams
Biography: Maria writes for Sleep UK - providers of hotels in Plymouth.
About the Author: Biography