Discover the beauty of Britain’s Ocean City

The starting point for so many epic voyages, Plymouth is brimming with maritime history and bustling with trendy, modern atmosphere. Enshrined in American history as the departure point for the Pilgrim Fathers fleeing England, and the site where Sir Francis Drake set out to sail around the world, it’s easy to relive these moments at the city’s museums and memorials. To make some seafaring memories of your own, take a boat tour from the lively Barbican district to get a fresh perspective on the sweeping natural harbor.

Back on land, stroll around the Barbican along cobbled streets lined with Tudor-era buildings that offer everything from an authentic sea captain’s house from the 1500s to modern art galleries, chic cafes, trendy restaurants, and popular pubs. Head towards the harbor from here and you’ll find yourself at Plymouth Hoe—a sprawling, grassy public space home to the striped Smeaton’s Tower, the art deco Tinside Pool, and the formidable Royal Citadel.

Need a little beach therapy? There are several sandy spots a short drive from the city center, including Bovisands Beach with its tranquil waters and striking rocky outcrops. Plymouth is packed with history, and a popular vacation destination for Brits, but beneath the surface you’ll find a blossoming arts and culture scene interwoven with the authentic spirit of England’s southern coast.

Dartmoor National Park

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Dartmoor National Park

Craggy rock formations, winding rivers, and sweeping moors make up this breathtaking National Park in Devon. Wild ponies roam free, and you’ll find the largest number of archaeological remains in Europe. Keep an eye out for rare butterflies flitting through fields and playful otters bounding along river banks.

Plymouth Gin Distillery

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Plymouth Gin Distillery

Producing spirits since 1793, pay a visit to the oldest gin distillery in England. Taste samples in a luxurious cocktail bar with vaulted timber beams, tour the fascinating distillery floor, and walk in the footsteps of Pilgrims bound for America. It’s said they spent their final night in England here.

Mayflower Steps

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Mayflower Steps

Though the actual steps America’s forefathers took to board the Mayflower no longer exist, a columned stone arch marks the spot the Pilgrims left for England in search of freedom in the new world. 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of this historic voyage, with several immersive events and celebrations taking place all year around Plymouth.

Plymouth, England At a glance

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Currency:
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  • 1.72
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  • 85.84
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Local Details:
GPS: 50°21'58.43"N 4°9'21.64"E
Size: 79.83 KM2 (30.82 MI2)
Population: 264,200
Density: 3,310 Pop/KM2 (1,278 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 01752

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