Plymouth Guide: Britain’s Ocean City

Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, is one of Europe’s most vibrant waterfront cities. Located by a stunning waterfront and harbour, this lovely city is the perfect place to visit, and with dazzling views, rich history and world class events you’ll want to come back again and again. Read our Plymouth Guide to find out more.

Plymouth Guide Andy Fox barbican

The Barbican and Sutton Harbour (pictured above) is one of Plymouth’s most popular places to visit, with quaint cobbled streets, a picturesque harbour and a wealth of independent shops, galleries, bars, cafes and restaurants along the water’s edge creating a metropolitan feel. It’s also home to the Elizabethan House as well as the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail on their voyage to the New World in 1620.

Plymouth Guide Plymouth HoePlymouth Hoe is where Sir Francis Drake is renowned to have played his last game of bowls before his sailing voyage to engage with the Spanish Armada. Also home to the iconic Smeaton’s Tower, Tinside Lido, Royal Citadel and the city’s war memorials, the Hoe is a large open space with jaw-dropping views.

If you like to shop, the city centre features many independent retailers as well as national brands and high street names in its varied shopping areas – find out more here. The regular outdoor markets give visitors the chance to taste Devon’s fantastic local produce. Take your time wandering around the extensive range of independent and specialist retailers in the Independent Quarter, pick up unique pieces of art from the Barbican’s Historic Quarter or enjoy shopping in Plymouth’s landmark shopping centre, Drake Circus.

Plymouth Guide Royal William YardAnd do take a trip to the Royal William Yard, which was designed by Victorian architect Sir John Rennie and constructed between 1825 and 1831. The Yard is 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. Stroll around the Yard and take in the atmosphere and imposing buildings as well as stop off at one of the many eateries for a spot of lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.

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Guest post from Claire Edgecombe