Plymouth is situated in the South West corner of Devon it is a modern city with plenty of attractions and amenities combined with a remarkable history. Plymouth makes an ideal destination for a city break and a good base from which to explore further a field where you will find some outstanding beaches
Plymouth has something for everyone including boat excursions, theatre, shopping, some stunning views
and heritage sites to visit, plenty to keep you occupied on your holiday break
The Barbican is the oldest and prettiest area of Plymouth and is popular with locals and visitors alike, made up of lots of narrow streets and passages, many of the cityís oldest buildings are to be found here. They are now home to various businessís as you stroll through some of the cobbled streets you will find art and craft galleries a variety of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.
The Barbican is where the Mayflower Memorial is sited; this area is also the departure point for some of the boat excursions. The National Marine Aquarium situated in Coxside which is next to Barbican harbour makes an excellent outing for all the family. It is Britainís largest Aquarium and has more than 3000 fish and a variety of marine environments have been re-created, look out for the sharks, seahorses or the conger eel.
Another interesting visitor attraction is the Plymouth Dome an interactive visitor centre which recounts the cityís history including the story of the Mayflower and the voyages of Francis Drake.
In New Street you will find the Elizabethan House, a restored captains house which dates from 1548 there are some original features to see including the spiral staircase.
Dominating the Hoe is a landmark of Plymouth the red and white striped Smeatonís Tower, originally constructed in 1759 on Eddystone Rocks it was a working lighthouse, later replaced, it was then re-assembled here. You can climb the steps to get an amazing view over Plymouth Sound and beyond.
Plymouth Hoe is adjacent to the sea-front, a large esplanade with wonderful views over the sea it is probably best known as the place Sir Francis Drake supposedly played his famous game of bowls prior to England been invaded by the Spanish Armada. The Hoe is used nowadays as a venue for concerts and outdoor events.
Nightlife in the city is varied you may find a show or play to your taste at the Theatre Royal the Plymouth Pavilions host some top name concerts or you can visit the cinema. There are plenty of lively pubs/bars and some clubs where you can party till late! You might prefer you can enjoy a relaxing evening meal at one of the many restaurants around the city the choice is yours.
For those of you who need a little retail therapy you will find a good range of shops with many of the popular high street brand names along with department stores and smaller shops. There are plenty of cafes and coffee shops if you need to rest awhile.
If your time in the city is limited you may want to opt for a Bus Tour they take about 1 hour and take in the main visitor attractions. You can get on and off if there is an attraction where you would like to spend more time and catch the next tour bus that comes along. Information is available from the Tourist Office if you would like to do a walking Tour yourselves. If you enjoy walking perhaps the Waterfront Walkway might be of interest, the route follows the coastline from Admirals Hard in the west to Jennycliff in the east and is approximately 10 miles. Details of the route etc can be obtained from Plymouth Tourist Information Office.
Other attractions you can visit while on holiday here is to the Plymouth Gin Visitor Centre and a tour of the Black Friars Distillery which is in the Barbican area. You get an insight into the distilling history of Plymouth Gin. Black Friars is one of the oldest buildings in Plymouth and Plymouth Gin is the only English gin which is made at its original distillery.
Buckland Abbey, Francis Drakes home is about eleven miles from Plymouth for those of you who might like to visit.
Whether you visit for a short or longer stay Plymouth has lots to offer and its location will enable you to enjoy many wonderful places in the vicinity.