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  • History

The Barbican

Plymouth’s delightful old port, full of narrow cobbled streets, Elizabethan warehouses, specialist shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to find an original souvenir of Plymouth. Discover the Mayflower Steps from where Sir Francis Drake sailed, from where the Pilgrim Fathers departed to settle the New World and where Britons danced in defiance of Hitler’s Luftwaffe.
  • History

Drakes Island

Learn about the history of the island, walk the tunnels, see the wildlife and view Plymouth from a whole new perspective. Look back at Plymouth and views across Cornwall as you climb to the highest part of the island, the perfect photo opportunity!
  • History

Elizabethan House

This restored Elizabethan House sits on the backstreets of Plymouth Barbican. Take yourself on an immersive yet authentic journey through its history, as well as an insight into the history of Plymouth’s Barbican and introduce yourself to some of the people who have lived in the House since it was built 400 years ago.
  • Parks and Gardens

Mount Edgcumbe

Just a stones through across the water lies Mount Edgcumbe. Take a walk through history as you explore the ancestral home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe, hire a bike and explore the grade 1unspoilt 865-acre park landscape, or take a trek with an Alpaca. The options are endless!.
  • Boat Trips

Plymouth Boat Trips

The South West’s premier cruising, ferry and fishing company. Set sail on various tours to discover the UK’s first national marine park, catch the ferry across to Cornwall or Mount Batten and explore the South West Coastal Path or try your hand at catching your dinner to cook later on at The Boathouse.
  • Tours

Plymouth Gin Distillery

Black Friars Distillery is home to Plymouth Gin and is the oldest working gin distillery in England. Take part in a variety of experiences from a 1-hour gin tour to an exclusive master distillers tour. Even better, take on the Smeaton’s Tower Experience with the master distiller for something extra special.
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Historical Walking Tour

Enjoy a 90 minute historical walking tour of Plymouth. Walk in the footprints of the Pilgrims and other great adventurers and see and hear the history of perhaps the World’s greatest Seafaring City! Explore the city’s waterfront and discover hundreds of years of Plymouth history that shaped today’s world as we know it
  • History

Royal William Yard

Royal William Yard is the largest group of Grade 1 listed military buildings in Europe, now a thriving hub of independent and chain businesses, restaurants and retailers. Access Royal William Yard by land and sea with its own ferry service direct from the Barbican or explore on paddleboard from Firestone Bay.
  • Arts and Crafts

The Box

The Box is made up of 9 permanent galleries highlighting Plymouth’s incredible collections, 14 monumental ships’ figureheads, film and photography exhibits and many more. It’s exhibition programme focuses on sharing stories of international and local significance as well as through performances, events and artistic responses in its new public space, Tavistock Square
  • Theatre

Theatre Royal Plymouth

The largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK and lead theatre in the South West. Theatre Royal Plymouth has a packed production calendar of West End shows, contemporary drama, ballet and dance companies and national operas.
  • Walks

Kingsbridge and Bowcombe Creek

A 3 mile route with magical views over the estuary.
  • Walks

A cliff walk to Blackstone Point and Dartmouth Castle

an AA recommended route, with maps and directions.

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