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Plymouth Ideal for a Family Day Out

View from Mount Edgcumbe

 

A short drive along the A38 from Crylla Valley Holiday Cottages is the historic City of Plymouth; although renowned for its great tradition of shipbuilding and seamanship the city now has such a diversity of attractions to suit everyone’s taste.

Plymouth HoeThe focal point for most visitors is The Hoe which provides a full day out for visitors and has something to offer for all ages.  Stand where legend says Sir Francis Drake played bowls whilst the Spanish Armada sailed up the English Channel.  With Dramatic views over Plymouth Sound you soon realise why it is regarded as one of the most stunning natural harbours in the UK.  The Hoe also provides a backdrop for many of the big city events in Plymouth, including the British Firework Championships in August.

Smeatons Tower PlymouthSmeaton’s Tower stands proudly overlooking the harbour, built in the 18th Century it is one of the world’s most famous lighthouses having stood 14 miles out at sea on the Eddystone Rocks before being moved stone by stone to its present location.

 

Plymouth WheelFor an altogether better view of the City of Plymouth try a spin on the Plymouth Wheel which is in situ on “The Hoe” until at least the summer of 2014.  The Wheel of Plymouth stands 196ft (60) above The Hoe, with amazing views of Plymouth City Centre, as well as the waterfront.  It has 42 capsules, including a luxury VIP capsule with glass floor and leather seats (even a bottle of champagne if you are celebrating in style!) The Wheel of Plymouth will remain in the City until at least 2014, and it is well worth taking a ride if you get the opportunity!  The Wheel is open most of the year between 10:00 and 19:00, with tickets starting from £5 for children (under 3’s ride for free) and £8.50 for adults.

The Barbican at Plymouth

A short distance from the Hoe is an area known as The Barbican which is thought to be the oldest part of the city and now consists of a lively mix of art, shops, and restaurants and is also the home of the famous Plymouth Gin Distillery which had been its home since 1793.

 

Mayflower stepsIn nearby Sutton Harbour you can view The Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620 for their epic voyage to America.  A board fixed to the outside of island house shows you the names of those who made the journey.  For a less imposing voyage of your own numerous boat trips are available from various points around the harbour.

 

If you prefer a dip in the sea rather than sailing on it then Tinside Lido Plymouthduring the summer months you can use the Tinside Lido an open air natural sea water swimming pool.

 

National Marine AquariumOther areas of the sea front include Cox side which houses the First National Aquarium in Britain to be set up for Marine research education and conservation.

So whatever your interests Plymouth will surely be able to deliver, from a brand new sports complex, theatre, ice rink to a variety of churches so remember to leave enough time to discover all that Plymouth has to offer.

 

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