Did you know...Sir Francis Drake was once Mayor of Plymouth?

Those who choose to visit Plymouth are in for a treat. Overlooking its famous harbour, the striking city of Plymouth is entwined with Britain’s maritime past – and continues to play a vast role in its nautical world today. From nostalgic Barbican, to the modern Drake’s Circus shopping centre and the sweeping views from the Hoe – a day spent in Plymouth combines the best of all worlds.

A break in Plymouth is sure to be diverse, why not walk the footsteps of Captain Cook and Sir Francis Drake with a stroll around the Tudor buildings and medieval streets of Barbican, before visiting the restored Elizabethan gardens for a feel of the Plymouth of days gone by? Just a short walk away, Plymouth Hoe is a popular place to relax and take in the views – and it even has its own lighthouse for an even higher vantage point.

Plymouth’s naval base - HMNB Devonport – is well worth a visit on one of their Navy Days, and visitors can take the opportunity to climb onboard the naval ships and watch captivating displays. Aside from a colourful history and the advantages of a modern university city, Plymouth boasts picturesque coastlines and surrounding countryside that can only be Devon.

The Rose and Crown

Affectionately known as ‘the Rosie’, the Rose and Crown pub and restaurant has an AA rosette to its name for its high standard of food – and it’s found in Yealmpton just a 20 minute drive from Plymouth. The set menu includes plenty to choose from, and as it changes to reflect the seasons many of the dishes are created...

Plymouth Hoe

Sir Francis Drake reportedly completed his game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe before leaving to defeat the Spanish Armada, and the spot is entwined with the exciting naval history of Plymouth. Overlooking Plymouth Sound, the hoe is home to Smeaton’s Tower, which was originally built on the Eddystone Reef from 1759, but was dismantled and painstakingly moved stone by stone...
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