Plymouth is a port city on the south coast of Devon, England, approximately 37 miles south-west of Exeter. Encircling the city are the openings of the river Plym and river Tamar, which naturally combine into Plymouth Sound to become a border with Cornwall. Plymouth's early history goes back to the Bronze Age. The prosperous village of Sutton was founded in the ninth century, now called Plymouth. Famously in 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers left Plymouth for the New World and established Plymouth Colony in what is now the United States of America. Due to its location at the Plymouth Sound, which is a natural harbor, Plymouth developed a rich maritime history. It has served a naval base and is scattered with forts from the 17th century to the Second World War. From the bright lights of the Theatre Royal to the fascinating National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth always has something exciting, which means you will never be bored here!
Things to see, things to do
Named after its architect John Smeaton, a Georgian civil engineer, this tower is based on a former lighthouse and was moved on Plymouth Hoe in the 1880s. The original memorable tower was built on Eddystone Reef between 1759 and 1877, however it had to be taken down due to erosion in the area. In its earliest days, 24 candles provided its signal, each weighing nearly a kilogram. The tower had become such an icon in the landscape that at the conclusion of its lifespan it was built again as a memorial and has been prudently restored inside and out faithful to the 18th century design of the original. You can shuffle up the 93 steps and ladders to the lantern room – higher than 20 meters – and gaze across the Plymouth Sound.
National Marine Aquarium
Set up in 1988, the National Marine Aquarium is perfectly located in the middle of the Barbican and the fish market. The iconic building has become a recognized landmark in Plymouth’s cityscape. The National Marine Aquarium is an educational center and this is apparent all the way through your time at the center as they take every chance to educate their visitors in a fun and engaging way. Without a doubt, you will leave the National Marine Aquarium with a newfound inspiration to protect the Earth’s seas and their inhabitants! The National Marine Aquarium’s most recent endeavor is its ‘Sleeping with the Sharks’ project. Visitors here can come for a sleepover under the shark enclosure to study more about life in the oceans and the fragility of marine environments. This is definitely an exhilarating and informative experience for all the family!
Saltram Manor House and Gardens
For a step into nature, visit the Saltram Manor House and Gardens set among rolling hills and stunning, lush-green countryside that faces the beautiful River Plym. With a fascinating and intriguing history, Saltram arranges guided tours of the property for guests where they are welcome to learn and ask questions about the heritage of this building and grounds under the protection of the National Trust. For those with a love of greenery, be sure to visit the wonderful orangery, which is proudly designed by the Saltram landscaping and gardening team. Saltram House is full of treasures on display for visitors and there are seasonal programs so at whatever time of the year you visit this grand manor, you will get an experience of something new and exciting. The gardens and grounds are even open for dog walking, as long as they are kept on their leashes. During the course of the summer months Saltram provides tours of the garden and gives expert advice to any visitors interested in the art of horticulture.
The Burrator Reservoir is a tranquil countryside just outside of Plymouth city center to the south side of Dartmoor National Park. The Burrator Reservoir has an assortment of woodland and is home to wildlife like badgers, foxes and deer. For those with a love of activity, it has official footpaths, bridleways, and cycle paths, making it a popular site for locals and guests alike. Admission to the Burrator Reservoir is free and visitors are encouraged to be respectful by not leaving any litter and being responsible with their dogs. The Burrator Reservoir is particularly beautiful in the autumn, with the colorful leaves lining the woodland floor.
The Theatre Royal
Plymouth’s Theatre Royal is the most popular theatre in Devon and among the first to hold shows and musicals on tour after they leave the West End in London. The Theatre Royal has recently started running Backstage Tours of the theatre for a fee. Audiences come from everywhere to see shows like Sister Act featuring superstars like Alexandra Burke at the Theatre Royal. Located in central Plymouth the Theatre Royal is within walking distance many hotels and guesthouses.
Crown Crownhill Fort
Crownhill Fort is a Royal Commission Fort. Built in the 1860s in Crownhill, it was a part of Lord Palmerston's ring of land fortifications for Plymouth. Now restored by the Landmark Trust, it is at present home to quite a few small businesses, exhibitions, museums and an apartment that can accommodate up to eight people. The Fort is open for public visits on the last Friday of every month from January to November and organizes tours for resident schools and societies as well by appointment. The Crownhill Fort is in the shape of a heptagon and incorporates many progressive Victorian fort design ideas. Visitors can see museum exhibits, watch demonstrations of Victorian weapons and take conducted tours in the labyrinth of underground passages and rooms.
Vacation rentals at Plymouth, England
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