The West Country

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  • 1. Elizabethan House

    Museum/Gallery

    In the heart of the Barbican section, this former sea captain's home offers a fascinating insight into how well-to-do Plymothians lived during...Read More

  • 2. Hoe

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    From the Hoe, a wide, grassy esplanade with crisscrossing walkways high above the city, you can take in a magnificent view of the inlets, bays...Read More

  • 3. Mayflower Steps

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    By the harbor you can visit the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrims embarked in 1620; the Mayflower Stone marks the exact spot. They had sailed...Read More

  • 4. Merchant's House

    Museum/Gallery

    Near the Barbican, just off the Royal Parade, this largely 17th-century house is a museum of local history. The museum will remain closed until...Read More

  • 5. National Marine Aquarium

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This excellent aquarium on the harbor presents aqueous environments, from a freshwater stream to a seawater wave tank to a huge "shark theater...Read More

  • 6. Plymouth Boat Trips

    Tour–Sight

    Harbor cruises leave from the Mayflower Steps and Cremyll Quay all year, while longer scenic trips on the rivers Tamar and Yealm operate between...Read More

  • 7. Plymouth Mayflower Exhibition

    Museum/Gallery

    On three floors, this interactive exhibition narrates the story of Plymouth, from its beginnings as a fishing and trading port to the modern...Read More

  • 8. Royal Citadel

    Military Site

    This huge citadel was built by Charles II in 1666 and still operates as a military center. Book ahead with Yapsody Tours or just turn up at...Read More

  • 9. Saltram

    House/Mansion/Villa

    An exquisite 18th-century home with many of its original furnishings, Saltram was built around the remains of a late-Tudor mansion. Its jewel...Read More

  • 10. Smeaton's Tower

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    This lighthouse, transferred here at the end of the 19th century from its original site 14 miles out to sea, provides a sweeping vista over...Read More

  • 11. The Barbican

    Neighborhood/Street

    East of the Royal Citadel is the Barbican, the oldest surviving section of Plymouth. Here Tudor houses and warehouses rise from a maze of narrow...Read More

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