Top Attractions in Plymouth
Plymouth is home to some of the most well known and stunning attractions throughout the United Kingdom. The coastline to either side of Plymouth into Cornwall and Devon is peppered with some of the most romantic hidden coves and envied beaches. Here are the top attractions in Plymouth.
Plymouth City Centre
Plymouth City Centre occupies the area around two broad venues, Royal Parade, and Armada Way. The Guildhall and its pretty towers, a Tudor building housing a social history museum, a 16th century Merchant’s House and a 15th-century Prysten House are all near St. Andrew’s Church. The Civic Centre opposite St. Andrew’s is also worth visiting. The viewing platform on the 14th floor gives you breathtaking views of the city. The famous Theatre Royal is on Derry’s Cross and the Athenaeum Theatre is next door. Finally, the Drake Circus Centre is a little northwest of the city centre. It is a pedestrian zone with passageways of restaurants and shops.
The Mayflower Steps
If you are interested in knowing more about Britain’s rich naval history, the Mayflower Museum and steps is an excellent choice. It is located in the Barbican area and focuses on the historic journey made by the founding fathers of America aboard the Mayflower. This museum commemorates this city’s important role in the remarkable journey undertaken by the Pilgrims to the New World. Highlights include many fun interactive games, a chance to try out period costumes, and a model of this famous ship.
National Marine Aquarium
The National Marine Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the U.K. and it offers superb educational displays and programs. The exhibits here cover the world’s oceans from the Pacific coral reefs to the shore of England. It is home to over 70 sharks from 10 different species, including large sand tiger and small dogfish sharks. The on-site restaurants offer views across Plymouth Sound and the exhibits.
Built in 1566, the Royal Citadel has an important coastal defence in England for over 100 years. This structure includes the site of an earlier fort built in Sir Francis Drake time. It is still being used by the military, so ensure you check tour availability for the attraction. The Royal Citadel of Stokatherine upon the Hoe is a highlight of this place. It was originally built in 1371 but it has been renovated many times over the centuries. The road around the citadel affords visitors an excellent view.
The Plymouth Hoe is a spacious park that will give you the finest views of Plymouth and Plymouth Sound. It is traversed by the Promenade and extends past Drake’s Island. You will also find the Armada Monument here. The Naval War Memorial is nearby, and it is home to Sir Francis Drake statue. The Smeaton Lighthouse is also in the Hoe and the upper part is open as a viewing tower. Climb up to the lantern room for a scenic view of the city.
Crownhill Fort is the best and longest preserved of Plymouth’s ring of Victorian Forts. There are underground and cannon tunnels to explore as well as a massive dry moat and ramparts. Book one of the Fort’s unique overnight stays for an unforgettable experience. The fully furnished luxury suites contain full kitchens and separate bedrooms.