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Places to Go in Plymouth Plymouth has a wealth of attractions for you to visit including museums, historic buildings and the UK’s first educational aquarium.

But you should, without a doubt, make your first stop the famous Plymouth Hoe [map], where Sir Francis Drake is said to have played bowls. Here you’ll find many interesting landmarks, including three war memorials, a large statue of Drake and Smeaton's Tower [map], Plymouth's famous red and white lighthouse.

Also on the Hoe is the wonderful Royal Citadel [map], a dramatic fort that was commissioned by King Charles II in 1665, and the high-tech time travel attraction the Plymouth Dome [map], which takes visitors on a journey through the ages.

The city’s other famous area is The Barbican, which also takes you back in time with its Elizabethan House [map] on New Street and 200-year-old Plymouth Gin distillery [map] .

Here you can also see The Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set off on their journey to America in 1620, while on Southside Street is the Elizabethan Garden [map], a delightful little oasis designed as it would have looked in the 16th century.

Plymouth also has one of the world's great natural harbours, Plymouth Sound [map], and you can enjoy a trip along this picturesque estuary thanks to Plymouth Boat Cruises Ltd.

Alternatively you can head off on foot along the Waterfront Walkway [map], a marked path from Admirals Hard in the west to Jennycliff in the east that offers great views of the Sound.

Shark enthusiasts should pay a visit to the National Marine Aquarium [map] on Rope Walk, the first aquarium in the UK to be set up solely for the purpose of education, conservation and research. Here you can embark on a journey through the deep reefs, shallow seas, and river estuaries to meet sharks, seahorses and an array of fish.

Finally, if you head out of the city centre to Yelverton you can visit Buckland Abbey [map], a splendid house that was once home to Sir Francis Drake.

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