The Barbican is the home of Plymouth’s maritime history and remains a central to the city’s bustling shopping and dining out scene today. This is the last spot the Pilgrim Fathers stood on before making their journey to America, the point where Sir Francis Drake sailed from on his explorations and where Brits danced defiantly in the face of Hitler’s Luftwaffe.
Americans make the journey to this area of Plymouth to mark Thanksgiving every year, and the Mayflower steps remain a huge attraction for visitors. The Pilgrim Fathers made their way down these before their famous voyage in September 1620. If you look for the Plymouth Gin Distillery and the Island House on the Quay you’ll see the buildings unchanged since that historic day, and both are said to have housed the pilgrims before they started their journey.
These days you’ll find the same cobbled streets lined with independent shops such as bookshops and antique dealers, to chic eateries and regular events, and there’s always something to do at Barbican. The National Marine Aquarium is also found at Barbican, and it’s one of Devon’s most popular family attractions.