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Culture Guide To Plymouth

Culture in Plymouth Plymouth is 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 Dome [map], 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 eras.

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 in 1620.

Located on Southside Street is the Elizabethan Garden [map], a delightful little oasis of tranquillity that has been designed to look as it would have in the 16th century.

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 Theatre [map], 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 films.

If you want to comment on our choices or recommend somewhere cultural in Plymouth, why not use our What You Recommend form to let us know.

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