The Barbican is a great place to spend time if you want to head back in time. Wander the cobbled streets to be transported back to Sir Francis Drake’s victory over the Spanish Armada, the departure of the famous Mayflower, or the send-off for explorers Scott of the Antarctic, Captain James Cook and Charles Darwin. All these historical, much-celebrated events took place right here.
The laidback vibe of the city juxtaposes beautifully with rich cultural experiences. If you enjoy theatre, you’ll love Plymouth’s Theatre Royal: it’s the largest regional producing theatre in the UK, attracting some of the top touring shows in the country. The city is also home to the largest music and entertainment venue in the South West: Plymouth Pavilions. This imposing building hosts performances from top national and international musicians, plus comedy and dance performers. Art fans and history buffs will enjoy exploring the museums and galleries, discovering more about Plymouth’s history, as well as the work of local talent and internationally acclaimed artists. Plymouth is the cultural capital of Devon and Cornwall and hosts the annual British Firework Championships which guarantees an explosive night out.
Plymouth’s gourmet offering encompasses a huge variety of styles and cuisines from all over the globe, with laidback waterside eateries and historic settings providing an enticing dining experience, whatever your preference. Plenty of celebrity chefs have chosen to set up their award-winning eateries in Plymouth, including Chris and James Tanner, and River Cottage’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Besides Bristol, Plymouth is the largest centre for shopping in the South West. From high street brands in the undercover Drake Circus Shopping Centre, to the city market, independent shops and galleries in the west end of the city and the Barbican. Plymouth is also plays regular host to outdoor markets, with a buzzing farmers’ market treating visitors to tastes of Devon’s fantastic produce, and regular continental-style retail events.
Britain’s Ocean City, with its fantastic waterfront location has no shortage of things to do if you’re a water sports enthusiast including sailing, diving, wakeboarding and kayaking. Plymouth Sound has hosted a number of high profile sailing events and was the natural location for the hugely successful 2011 Americas Cup World Series, as well as the internationally renowned bi-annual Rolex FastNet.
Links to Plymouth are many and varied, so we’ll run you through how to find us, whichever direction you’re coming from.
How to get here
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