Plymouth is one of Britain’s many largest seaports and naval bases. It wasn’t far from Plymouth where the British defeated the Spanish Armada. The city which is situated between Devon and Cornwall has many fun things to do for all families, couples and friends.
Plymouth is a very interesting city which has a varied history with many fascinating local sites to visit during your trip. Some of which are dating back from the 15th century.
If you are thinking of visiting Plymouth, here are the very best things to do.
1. Visit Plymouth Hoe
If stunning views is your type of thing, you’ll love the Plymouth Hoe. A spacious park which opened in 1817 giving you beautiful views of Plymouth and Plymouth Sound. The park also has the Armada Monument, erected in 1888 which is decorated with the coats of arms of the towns that helped in the struggle against the Spanish.
The Naval War Memorial and Sir Francis Drake Statue are also worth a visit whilst you explore the park. If you’d like to take in the finest views, we’d recommend climbing the 93 steps up the Smeaton Lighthouse.
Location: Plymouth Mayflower, 3-5 The Barbican, Plymouth
2. National Marine Aquarium
The National Marine Aquarium is the UK’s largest aquarium which holds fantastic educational programs and displays regularly. Visiting the aquarium will allow you to see various creatures and coral reefs from the world’s oceans, including the shores of England.
There is believed to be more than 70 sharks from 10 different species. There’s also a restaurant on-site serving a variety of delicious food whilst offering spectacular views of exhibits and across Plymouth Sound.
Location: Rope Walk Coxside, Plymouth
3. The Royal Citadel
The Royal Citadel is a 17th-century fortress built to defend the coastline from the Dutch and is still in use today. There are regular scheduled guided tours which will take you around the fortress. A road runs around the citadel too, which offers stunning views.
Location:The Hoe, Plymouth, DEVON, PL1 2PD
4. Visit The Barbican
In the historic quarter of Plymouth lies a stunning example of 16th-century architecture in the Elizabethan House on New Street. The beautiful Elizabethan Gardens nearby are also worth exploring.
Close by, you’ll find remains of a 14th-century Dominican monastery in the nearby Southside Street.
Around the area, you’ll also find plenty of other attractions including pleasure ships offering excursions around the harbor and Plymouth Sound.
A trip to Plymouth isn’t complete without visiting the city center. Close by you’ll find two broad avenues, Armada Way and Royal Parade.
Towards St. Andrew’s Church, you’ll spot the 15th century Prysten House, a 16th century Merchant’s House and also a Tudor building that is home to a museum of interesting social history.
There’s plenty of shops and restaurants to visit whilst you’re exploring the best of Plymouth.
Location: St Andrews St, Plymouth