Guide To Plymouth
a thriving city with a magnificent culture of legendary
heroes, maritime achievements and contemporary attractions.
A fine example of the modern city is the Plymouth
a high-tech attraction set in a strikingly contemporary
modern building on the historic Plymouth Hoe [map],
which is a cultural delight in itself. The museum-cum-theatre
takes visitors on a journey through the ages complete with the sights, sounds and smells of bygone
There’s more culture to be had further along The
Hoe, where you’ll find the Smeaton's Tower [map],
Plymouth's famous red and white lighthouse and the wonderful Royal Citadel [map],
a dramatic fort commissioned by King Charles II in 1665.
Plymouth’s other famous district, The Barbican,
also has its fair share of cultural attractions thanks
to the 16th century Elizabethan House [map] on New Street, and The Mayflower Steps [map] at the entrance to Sutton Harbour, where the Pilgrim Fathers set off on their journey to America
Located on Southside Street is the Elizabethan Garden
a delightful little oasis of tranquillity that
has been designed to look as it would have in the 16th
The city also has plenty of museums and art galleries on offer, including the Plymouth City Museum [map],
with exhibitions of local history, the Turner Fishing
Museum [map] dedicated to one of the locals’ favourite past
times, and the Atlantic Gallery [map],
which houses a collection of work by some of the West
Country’s best artists.
Plymouth is also a great place for theatre lovers thanks to the distinctly modern Theatre Royal
[map] on Royal Parade, which plays host to West End musicals,
the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Birmingham Royal
Ballet, among others.
Fringe performances can be found in the smaller Drum
which in the past has staged cult plays, poetry readings
and children’s theatre productions.
For international pop stars, award-winning rock bands,
classical music and sporting events head to Plymouth
Pavilions Arena [map] on Millbay Road, a large venue with a 3,000 capacity
concert hall. Alternatively, film buffs may prefer to
pay a visit to the acclaimed Plymouth Arts Centre
[map] on Looe Street, which shows a wide range of arty
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